Making a full swing in golf is very similar to the motions made in some other sports, such as swinging a baseball bat or a tennis racquet. The big difference is that in golf the ball is not moving so you are not reacting to the movement of an object.
The first thing to keep in mind about full swing is that your swing is the same no matter which club you are using.
What changes with each club is where you position the golf ball in relation to your stance in your set up.
To get started you want to address the golf ball with your proper grip, set up, posture and aim. You must stay balanced throughout your entire swing. Remember, the swing is your swing. No two people will ever have an identical swing. You must find your swing and what is most comfortable for you.
How to Make a Full Swing
The full swing is a rotation of your upper body backwards as you swing back and through as you swing to your finish.
As you start swinging the club back:
- Take the center of your body (the buttons on your shirt) and turn them over your back foot
- When you are swinging back keep your eye on the ball and hold your posture
- Keep a slight flex in the knee of your back leg (do not let it straighten or you will lose the correct posture)
- You should feel the majority of your weight on the inside of your back foot
As you start swinging the club towards the golf ball:
- Your body must rotate in the opposite direction
- Hold your posture
- Keep your eyes on the ball
The key here is to swing through the ball, not to the ball. It is not a hit, it is a swing, and the ball gets in the way.
- Keep your chin behind the ball until you have made contact with the ball
Completing the swing:
- As you finish swinging the club you want to rotate over your front foot (take the buttons on your shirt and rotate them over your front foot)
- Your belly button should be facing towards your target
- Roll up onto the toe of your back foot
- It is important to finish in a balanced position, not falling over and holding your finished position for a few seconds
So to recap, the full golf swing is a rotation back and through, holding your posture and staying balanced. Keeping your balance throughout the swinging motion enables you to make solid contact with the ball. This helps you execute consistent golf shots.
Now that you understand full swing, let’s discuss ball position.