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What Is The Definition Of A Proper Golf SwingA proper golf swing sees certain positions being achieved as the golf club moves around the golfers body. These positions allow the swing to achieve consistency with the strike of the golf ball, accuracy and length to the shots that are played. They demonstrate that the golfer understands what they need to achieve in order to play their best golf and these positions and how well they are obtained can be directly linked to the players handicap.




Once you have achieved the correct address position, the first movement of a proper golf swing is the takeaway. With this movement, the club head is moved away from the golf ball, down the target line by the shoulders moving the arms. This begins a kinematic sequence of movement from the golfer, where on the back swing the shoulders rotate away from the target, followed by the arms moving, then the hips and finally the knees as the golf club moves to the top of the back swing.

At the end of the takeaway, the shaft of the golf club will be horizontal and parallel to the target line. From this position, you will now create an L shape between your extended left arm and the shaft of the golf club as your shoulders rotate to a 45 degree position. Extending the shaft downwards in this position would see that it would point at the target line. From here, the shoulders continue to rotate to their 90 degree rotated position as the hips achieve a 45 degree rotation and the club sets at the top. The left arm remains extended as the shaft of the club reaches horizontal and again parallel to the target line.

On the down swing in a proper golf swing, the kinematic sequence is reversed. The down swing is instigated from the ground upwards, with the knees, then hips, then shoulders rotating towards the target and pulling the club down towards the golf ball. At impact, your left arm should be extended, with the shaft of the club displaying a forward leaning position so that the handle of the club is slightly closer to the target than the club head. Your weight should be predominantly on your left side, with your hips rotated towards the target.

From here, you continue into a proper finish position where you have fully rotated your torso left of the target, extended your right arm through impact and then allowed the club to wrap around the back of your neck as your right foot rotates shoe laces towards the target, finishing on your right toes.

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A proper golf swing sees certain positions achieved in both the golfers body and the golf club. A proper golf swing will create maximum power and club head speed, however, the club shaft will not swing beyond parallel to the ground at the top of the back swing.

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A proper golf swing sees your body moving in the correct kinematic sequence as it moves the golf club around you. This sequence is followed whether you are making a part swing for a shorter shot, a half swing or three quarter swing or a full swing. If you are making a half swing, you only complete half of the kinematic sequence but it is still a proper golf swing.

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If you are making a proper golf swing, then you will achieve a downward striking action with the club head. This will result in the club head striking the golf ball and then striking the ground after this, delivering a crisp, clean strike on the golf ball.