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