The Golf Swing

The golf swing. No motion in sports is more complex – or more misunderstood.

Like scientists researching a cosmic mystery, players and teachers have spent lifetimes studying the golf swing’s every hinge, lever, rotation and arc. Yet after all these years, they’ve never reached a consensus on what constitutes the perfect swing.

And they probably never will. As the renowned sports psychologist Dr. Bob Rotella once wrote, golf is not a game of perfect.

Striving for perfection may be futile. But it sure is fun. Just ask any of the millions of people who are hooked on golf. They’ll tell you it’s the journey, the unending quest for improvement, the discovery of something new with every round or range session, that makes it so engrossing.

And it all goes back to the swing.

The golf swing is an intricate mélange of movements involving every part of the body. If one segment falls out of sync, the whole thing may go kaput. Then again, one strong swing element – a full shoulder turn, for example – can compensate for a number of weak bits. That’s why you can hit a great shot with a flawed swing.

Understanding the swing requires education of both the formal (reading tips, watching videos, taking lessons) and real-world (practicing, playing, trial-and-error) varieties. The swing involves physics, geometry and mathematics – and no small amount of art and magic as well. Comprehension is a never-ending process, a fact that drives some golfers to constantly seek knowledge, and simply drives others away from the game.

Yes, learning the golf swing’s many moving parts seems like a daunting task. But the swing really isn’t that baffling once you have a handle on the basic, proper concepts. That’s what you’ll find in this section.

Our menu of Golf Swing Tips, at left, covers the full gamut of topics. A brief sampling of subjects includes the proper turning of the shoulders and hips; the importance of balance and tempo; how and when your weight should shift during the swing; accelerating into your shots; the keys to swinging on plane; and proper chipping technique.

Golfers looking to improve specific parts of their games can click on titles like “5 Golf Tips on How to Hit Better Drives,” “Gain Distance with this Release Golf Drill” and “Lower Hands to Hit a Draw.” We offer tutorials on sometimes-confusing terms including “swing path,” “flat golf swing” and “compact golf swing.”

You’ll also find tips for curing some of golf’s most common problems – slicing, hooking, fat shots and the dreaded shanks. And because understanding the “why” is fundamental to fixing your swing on the range or course, our features always explain the various causes of these maladies.

Like you, the pros who create content for eagerly seek out new and better ways to swing the club. That means exploring concepts like the “Stack-and-Tilt” method and the “Rotary Golf Swing.” It also means a fresh flow of new items to the Golf Swing Tips section, in both text and video formats, on a regular basis.
Someday, someone, somewhere will crack the code and unlock the perfect golf swing, one which anyone, anywhere can master in a few days’ time. Until then, there’s – your No. 1 resource for golf swing tips.

1.3 Long Drive Swing Techniques
2.3 Swing Rotation Problems
3.5 Golf Tips on How to Hit Better Drives
4.A Proper Shoulder Turn Could be the Key to Eliminating Your Golf Slice
5.About The Golf Swing 41-40
6.Accelerate at Bottom of Golf Swing, Not Top
7.Accuracy in the Short Game
8.Are You Taking the Golf Club Back Far Enough?
9.Attack On the Upswing For Longer Drives – Golf Tip
10.Avoid Chili-Dip by Accelerating on Chip Shots: Golf Tip
11.Back Leg Keys a Powerful Golf Swing
12.Ball Against Back Lip of Bunker: Super-Steep Golf Swing
13.Basket Golf Drill Will Eliminate Pushed Shots
14.Benefits Of A Square Clubface At Impact – Golf Tip
15.Best Ball Striking Golf Swing By Keeping Eyes Level
16.Best Golf Drill Ever? Feet-Together Instills Balance, Rhythm
17.Best Golf Swing 11-20
18.Best Golf Swing 31-40
19.Best Technique For Golf Chipping
20.Best Way To Deal With Blind Shots on the Course
21.Best Way to Improve Your Golf Swing: Keep it Low-Maintenance
22.Better Golf Shots With a Square Club Face
23.Bowed Left Wrist to Square Clubface, Golf Tip
24.Break Wrists Early on Short Pitch Shots – Golf Tip
25.Cause And Cure Of Too Much Leg Drive, Golf Swing Tip
26.Causes And Cures Of Restricted Follow Through, Golf Swing Tip
27.Causes and Cures: Fat or Thin Golf Chip Shots
28.Causes and Cures: Golf Shots Off the Club’s Heel
29.Causes and Cures: Golf Shots Off the Club’s Toe
30.Chip Videos Top 5
31.Chipping Tips Top 10
32.Chipping Tips, From Just Off the Green How to Chip Golf Tip
33.Connected Golf Swing Yields More Power And Accuracy
34.Correct Back Leg for Increased Golf Power
35.Correct Golf Swing Flaws by Using Big Muscles
36.Correct Poor Balance by Holding Your Finish – Golf Tip
37.Correct Wrist Bend for Close in Pitch Shot – Golf Tip
38.Correct Your Golf Swing 91-100
39.Correct Your Golf Swing Tips 71-80
40.Create More Clubhead Lag with this Simple Golf Drill
41.Cures For Your Golf Swing 81-90
42.Deceleration: Deadly During the Golf Swing
43.Divots Provide Valuable Golf Swing Info
44.Does The Left Hip Move Upwards In The Down Swing? Golf Swing Tip
45.Don’t Get “Stuck” on the Downswing – Golf Tip
46.Double Cross Golf Swing Fault
47.Fast Down Swing Hip Turn To Generate More Club Head Speed, Golf Swing
48.Feet Direction Key for Solid Golf Stance
49.Find Bottom of Your Golf Swing for Pure Contact
50.Fingers Play Key Role in the Golf Swing
51.Fix Your Golf Swing Tips 61-70
52.Fix Your Hook By Slowing Your Hands – Golf Tip
53.Full Chest Rotation Can Produce Longer Golf Drives
54.Fundamental #1 – Match Tempo to Personality
55.Fundamental #4 – Carry Tempo into Short Game
56.Fundamental Tempo #2 – Avoid Intentional Changes
57.Gain Distance With This Release Golf Drill
58.Get Hip to Proper Golf Swing Rotation
59.Getting on Track to Eliminate Your Slice
60.Golf – Help To Get Up And Down More
61.Golf – How To Hit The Low Iron Stinger (Punch)
62.Golf Feet Alignment
63.Golf Posture Spine Angle
64.Golf Slot
65.Golf Spine Angle Drills
66.Golf Spine Tilt
67.Golf Swing How To: Best Way to Turn Your Hips
68.Golf Swing How To: Fix Your Hook
69.Golf Swing Path, Alter to Start Shots on Line
70.Golf Swing Plane: Understanding One vs. Two
71.Golf Swing Tempo
72.Golf Swing Thoughts: The All-Time Top 5
73.Golf Swing Tip: Align Left Arm With Shaft For A Wide Takeaway
74.Golf Swing Tip: Clear the Hips for Power, Accuracy
75.Golf Swing Tip: Open Clubface to Hit Intentional Hook
76.Golf Swing Tip: Weight Transfer from Start to Finish
77.Golf Tip: How to Stop Decelerating with Your Irons
78.Golf Tip: How to Stop Over-Rotating the Hands
79.Golf Tip: Importance of a One-Piece Takeaway
80.Golf Tip: Proper Weight Shift on the Takeaway and Downswing
81.Golf Tip: Start Swing With Left Arm And Shoulder
82.Golf Tip: The Low And Slow Takeaway
83.Head Position Physical Mistakes
84.Help Me Cure My Golf Hook
85.Help Me Fix My Golf Slice
86.Help Stop My Golf Shanks
87.Help With Shanked Chip Shots
88.Hit Down To Get The Ball Up – Golf Tip
89.Hit the Three-Quarter Golf Shot
90.Hit Up with a Rising Club Head for Long Drives – Golf Tip
91.Hitting A Golf Fade Shot Off The Tee
92.How & Why: Stay Behind the Golf Ball
93.How a Late Release Can Ruin Your Golf Swing – and How You Can Fix It
94.How and Why Take Distance Off Approach Shots
95.How and Why: Correct Arm Rotation Key to Golf Swing
96.How and Why: Downswing Starts Before Backswing Ends
97.How and Why: Tuck Right Elbow in the Golf Swing
98.How Do I Hit A Simple Golf Flop Shot?
99.How Do I Shape The Golf Ball On Demand?
100.How Do I Stop Shanking The Golf Ball?
101.How Should the Clubhead Feel During the Golf Swing?
102.How To Be a Consistent Golf Ball Striker
103.How to Become a Shotmaker, Golf Swing Tip
104.How to Correct a Flat Golf Swing
105.How To Create A More On Plane Golf Swing
106.How to Create Acceleration through the Golf Ball
107.How To Create and Hit a Fade or Draw Golf Shot
108.How to Create Consistent Ball-Striking Golf Swing
109.How to Get Pure Contact: Pause at the Top – Golf Tip
110.How To Get The Ball To Stop On The Green, Golf Tip
111.How to Hit A Flop Golf Shot
112.How to Hit from the Back of the Bunker Shot – Golf Tip
113.How To Improve Your Golf Swing 111-120
114.How To Keep Arms Relaxed In The Down Swing, Golf Tip
115.How to Leverage Your Power with Downswing Squat – Golf Tip
116.How to Maintain Spine Angle in Golf
117.How to Practice Blind Shots 5 Ways
118.How to Prevent a “Frozen” Takeaway – Golf Tip
119.How To Release The Golf Club
120.How to Start Downswing Before Finishing Back Swing, Golf Tip
121.How To Stop Getting Stuck on the Downswing – Golf Tip
122.How To Stop Me Fatting My Golf Iron Shots
123.How To Stop Topping The Golf Ball
124.How To Strike Golf Irons Like A Tour Pro
125.How to Swing From the Top to a Full Finish – Golf Tip
126.How to Swing on Plane – Golf Tip
127.How to Take Your Good Golf Swing From Range to Course
128.How to Trigger the Downswing – Golf Tip
129.How to Use A Thomas Golf “Chipper” Club
130.Improve Ballstriking with Miller’s Top Golf Drill
131.Improve Downswing Transition with Simple Golf Drill
132.Improve Your Golf Swing Tempo With These Tips
133.Increase Power by Keeping Shoulders Closed, Golf Swing Tip
134.Inside-To-Outside is the Path to Better Golf
135.Is It Ok Letting The Head Move Beyond The Golf Ball At Impact? Golf Ti
136.Is Your Swing On Plane? Club Should Point At Target Line, Golf Swing T
137.Keep Swing Thoughts Short, Simple, Golf Tip
138.Keep the Shaft and Left Arm In Line for a Wide Takeaway, Golf Swing Ti
139.Know Your Golf Swing to Make In-Round Corrections
140.Laid-Off at the Top? Here’s Help, Golf Swing Tip
141.Learn from Your Golf Ball Flight – Slices and Hooks
142.Learn to Draw the Golf Ball for Extra Driver Distance
143.Legs Play Different Role in the Modern Golf Swing
144.Let Your Head Move on the Backswing, Golf Tip
145.Limit Backswing Sway to Increase Power, Golf Swing Tip
146.Load Up Your Backswing to Increase Driving Distance, Golf Swing Tip
147.Lower Hands to Hit a Draw, Golf Tip
148.Main Cause Of Shoulder Turn Too Short, Golf Swing Tip
149.Maintain Forward Bend Throughout Swing, Golf Tip
150.Make A Golf Chip Shot Spin More
151.Mechanics to Create a Connected Golf Swing
152.Muscle-Bound Golfers: Swing Involves More Than Just Arms, Golf Tip
153.Narrow Your Stance for Better Hip Turn, Golf Tip
154.Nine-Ball Test will Improve Your Shotmaking
155.No-Backswing Golf Drill Can Improve Your Downswing
156.On The Back Swing, Should The Hip Turn Or Shoulder Turn First In The G
157.One Plane Golf Swing: Pros and Cons
158.One-Handed Practice Swing Grooves Downward Strike, Golf Tip
159.Perfect Your Golf Swing 101-110
160.Practice to Improve Your Golf Motor Skills
161.Problem and Fix: Chip Shots Fat or Thin, Golf Tip
162.Problem of Not Getting the Golf Ball Up: Cure Hit Down Onto the Back o
163.Proper Golf Swing Sequence
164.Proper Release Equals Better Golf Shots
165.Pull Down Right Elbow to Stop Casting Club
166.Quick Swing is OK, But Keep it Consistent, Golf Swing Lesson
167.Raise Hands to Hit a Fade, Golf Tip
168.Rebuild Your Golf Swing One Change At A Time
169.Release Club to Hit Running Chip Shot, Golf Tip
170.Right Hand Too Dominant Golf Swing, Cause And Cure, Golf Tip
171.Shallow Approach Key to Punch Shot Proficiency, Golf Swing Tip
172.Should Left Heel Lift On the Backswing? Golf Tip
173.Should You Consider A Sweeping Swing? Golf Tip
174.Should Your Head Move During the Golf Swing?
175.Shoulders Under Chin for Proper Golf Swing Rotation
176.Six Golf Swing Elements All Pro Golfers Share
177.Solid Foundation Golf Stance
178.Spine Angle at Address
179.Stay Relaxed and Supple to Maximize Distance
180.Step Through with Right Foot to Keep Left Side Stable, Golf Swing Tip
181.Stop Across-the-Line Backswing Move – Golf Tip
182.Stop Hitting the Ball Fat With This Simple Golf Drill
183.Stop Lifting and Start Swinging Your Golf Club
184.Stop Reverse Pivot With This Practice Golf Drill
185.Strong Left-Hand Grip to Square Clubface at Impact
186.Swing Left to Hit the Ball Straight, Golf Tip
187.Swing On Plane With Stand Bag, Golf Drill
188.Swing The Handle Golf Swing Teaching, Golf Tip
189.Swing Tips For Golf 51-60
190.Swing Upright to Cure the Shanks, Golf Swing Tip
191.Swing with Your Body’s Alignment, Not the Surroundings, Golf Swing T
192.Take “Too Much Club” for Better Approach Shots, Golf Tip
193.Takeaway: Don’t Forget the Shoulders, Golf Swing Tip
194.Taller Golfers: Use Height to Create Powerful Arc, Golf Tip
195.Tempo Fundamental #3 – A Steady Count
196.Tempo Fundamentals
197.Tension In The Golf Swing, Causes And Cure, Golf Tip
198.The “Stack and Tilt” Golf Swing: A Shift From Golf’s Fundamental
199.The Importance of Feeling the Clubhead, Golf Tip
200.The Right Arm Golf Swing Sequence From Setup to Finish
201.The Role of Footwork in the Golf Swing
202.Think “Left Palm Up” to Stop Golf Hooks and Pulls
203.Think “Clubhead Outside the Hands” for Solid Takeaway, Golf Tip
204.This Years Top Swing Tips on Golf Drivers
205.This Years Top Tips on A Proper Shoulder Turn
206.This Years Top Tips on Hybrid Golf Clubs
207.This Years Top Tips on Irons
208.Three Tips For The Run Up Approach Shot
209.Three Top Tips for Getting Up and Down
210.Thumbs Up to Groove Powerful Late Release Tip
211.Tips to Cure an Early Golf Swing Release
212.Tips to Cure Your Pulled Golf Shots
213.Toe Up for Straighter Golf Shots
214.Top 10 Driver Tips Ever!
215.Top 2 Tips On Chicken Wing Slice
216.Top 2 Tips On How To Hit A Fade Or Draw
217.Top 2 Tips on Swing Release
218.Top 2 Tips on Toe Golf Shots
219.Top 3 Golf Swing Tempo Tips
220.Top 3 Golf Tips on Ball Striking
221.Top 3 Tips On Best Way to Swing on Plane
222.Top 3 Tips on Clear the Hips
223.Top 3 Tips on Driving Accuracy
224.Top 3 Tips on Golf Chipping
225.Top 3 Tips on Golf Weight Shift
226.Top 3 Tips on Hands Rotating
227.Top 3 Tips On Pausing at the top Backswing
228.Top 3 Tips on Pull Slice
229.Top 3 Tips on Pure Iron Shots
230.Top 3 Tips On Reverse Pivot
231.Top 3 Tips on Right Arm Swing Sequence
232.Top 3 Tips on Swing Follow Through
233.Top 3 Tips on the Takeaway
234.Top 3 Tips on Triggering the Downswing
235.Top 3 Tips on Weight Shift Takeaway to Follow Through
236.Top 3 Tips On Why It’s Best Hitting Down on the Ball
237.Top 3 Ways to Improve Your Golf Swing Tempo
238.Top 4 Tips on a Strong Golf Grip
239.Top 4 Tips on All About Footwork in the Golf Swing
240.Top 4 Tips On Best Way to Fix Shanks
241.Top 4 Tips On Best Ways to Fix Heel Shots
242.Top 4 Tips On Correct Balance
243.Top 4 Tips On Improving Swing Tempo
244.Top 4 Tips on Shots Off The Club’s Heel
245.Top 4 Tips on Stable Legs
246.Top 4 Tips on Tight Lies
247.Top 4 Tips on Topping the Ball
248.Top 4 Tips On Ultra-Wide Swing Arc, Davis Love III
249.Top 4 Tips To Cure Early Swing Release
250.Top 5 Golf Tips on How to Hit Better Irons Shots
251.Top 5 Tips on Downswing
252.Top 5 Tips on Drives Too Low
253.Top 5 Tips on Flat Swing Plane
254.Top 5 Tips on How to Address the Golf Ball
255.Top 5 Tips on Impact
256.Top 5 Tips on Spine Angle
257.Top Golf Swing Tips
258.Top Golf Swing Tips 21-30
259.Top Instructional Tips on Fairway Woods
260.Top Instructional Tips on Golf Ball Flight and Trajectory
261.Top Instructional Tips on Greenside Bunker Shot
262.Top Instructional Tips on Longer Drives
263.Top Tips Correcting Drives Going Too High
264.Top Tips on Ball Position
265.Top Tips on Cause and Cures of Push Slice
266.Top Tips On Golf Swing Path
267.Top Tips on Golf Takeaway
268.Top Tips on Golf Wrist Hinge
269.Top Tips on Hip Turn
270.Top Tips on How to Start the Swing
271.Top Tips on Knee Bend
272.Top Tips on Overlapping VS Interlocking Grip
273.Top Tips On Pulled Golf Shots
274.Top Tips on Shoulder Turn
275.Top Tips on Swing Plane
276.Top Tips on the Arms in the Golf Swing
277.Top Tips on Why to Hit Inside Part of the Ball
278.Touch Forearms for Proper Release Through Impact: Golf Tip
279.Try Trevino’s Unorthodox Power Fade Swing – Golf Tip
280.Unhinge Wrists Correctly for a Powerful Downswing, Golf Tip
281.Up Against It: Three Options When Swing is Obstructed, Golf Tip
282.Upright Golf Swing Technique And Benefits, Golf Tip
283.Use Fairway Swing to Escape Bunkers
284.Walk-Through Swing Encourages Good Rotation, Golf Swing Tip
285.What are the Correct Stances for Different Golf Clubs?
286.What Are The Square Club Face Checkpoints Throughout The Golf Swing? G
287.What Do You Need To Carry In Your Golf Bag?
288.What Does it Mean to “Set the Golf Club at the Top”?
289.What Is A Compact Golf Swing?
290.What is a Flat Golf Swing?
291.What is a Knock-Down Golf Shot?
292.What is a Rotary Golf Swing?
293.What Is The Correct Hand Rotation On The Back Swing, Golf Tip
294.What Is The Correct Right Hand Position At Impact, Golf Tip
295.What is the Correct Swing Tempo in Golf?
296.What Is the Golf Swing Path?
297.What Is The Pivot Point In The Golf Swing? Golf Tip
298.What Is the Proper Golf Swing?
299.What Makes the Golf Ball Curve?
300.What Should The Movement Of Arms Be During Chip Shots, Golf Tip
301.What You Can Tell From Your Divots, Golf Tip
302.When Should you Hinge your Wrists in the Backswing? Golf Tip
303.Where And Why Should The Club Be Pointed At The Top Of The Golf Swing?
304.Why Do I Thin The Golf Ball?
305.Why Is Slicing So Common In Golf?
306.Why The Hands Should Be In Front Of Ball At Impact, Golf Swing Tip
307.Why You Need to Accelerate at the Bottom of Your Golf Swing
308.Why Your Follow-Through Should Bring Your Head Up, Golf Tip