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4 Fundamentals to help your swing

A common question I get asked from my clients, whether they are seasoned golfers or just coming to see me for their first lesson is; “what are the main points in the golf swing I really need to concentrate on?”

So i have come up with 4 Fundamentals to help your swing
Now your set up and address position are both extremely important and will be covered in some detail in a future post. In this article I am concentrating on post set up- the golf swing itself.

It has been said that the golf swing has more moving parts than a jumbo jet. There are many subtle moves and timed sequences in the upswing and follow through but this post is not intended to be a complete swing dissection.

I  believe there are 4 basic building blocks in a good golf swing and, once you understand them and have been shown them correctly, you have the basis of a sound solid Golf swing.

The 4 main fundamentals  every golfer of every level should be aware of and implement are Shoulder Turn, Wrist Hinge, Weight Transfer and Hip Turn.

Shoulder Turn– The good old shoulder turn every body knows it, has heard of it and has some idea of what it is, or at least what is their take on it.  Simply put…it’s the rotation of the shoulders in the back swing to an ideal 90 degree angle. Simple. Every time.

Now I have to mention here the “Shoulder Tilt” in relation to the Shoulder rotation.

If you look at the image below you will see the middle figure’s left shoulder pointing to the ground, that is called the tilt and that also helps maintain spine angle.

Shoulder tiltTo keep the correct spine angle during the Shoulder Turn you must “Tilt” the shoulders, you body makes you do it. In the photo you will see the left shoulder points to the ground in the take away and the right shoulder in the follow through. This happens naturally but you will be in better control of the swing if you are aware of what must happen.

Hinge– This is one of the most common mistakes I see teaching, incorrectly hinging the club. As I’m writing this it’s difficult to put into words the correct way to hinge but a picture is worth a thousand words. In the image below right of a player at the “address” position, you will notice he forms a “Y” shape with the arms and the club shaft. This shape is  maintained throughout the swing. The the correct way to hinge the club regardless of where you are in the golf swing in within the “Y”.

The arms maintain the position created in the “Y” at address and he “Hinges” or breaks the wrists during the take away.

So if you imagine the golfer practising his hinge, he would be hinging or breaking his wrist towards his nose – it’s actually in between his right shoulder and his nose –  but always within his “Y” shape.


In the picture below the Golfer is finishing his take away about to start the hinge. He will hinge towards his chest, still in between his “Y” and continue hinging on the backswing until his wrists point between his shoulder and his nose.


Weight Transfer– Real simple guys, wherever the golf club goes so does the majority of your weight. Try and keep your weight inside right heel on your back swing ( right handed golfers). By that I mean don’t roll out on the outside of your feet. Through impact however your momentum will allow some roll out as you finish boldly facing your target as your trail leg pivots to the finish of your swing.

Hip Turn- I am going to reference the image I showed earlier.

Shoulder tilt

This pic shows it all, You see as the golfer turns his shoulders away have a look at his belt buckle. That is Hip Turn. Greg Norman used to say “Fob pocket backwards” but fob pockets don’t exist any more. Today we say “Belt buckle”. Ideally you turn your hips 45 degrees on the back swing and through 90 degrees on the follow through. For club golfers its the forgotten element, but very important. Try it next time you’re down the range. Concentrate on turning on your way back and a full hip turn on the follow through, its a powerful move!

As always guys, if you have any questions at all please send them through to me and please like and share if you found this informative!



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