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Golf Backswing Tips Q & A

Question: Golf Backswing Tips

I love your golf tip about turning in a back swing(using the wall and placing your hands on it) to help start the hip turn of your downswing and also to help lag your hands behind so they come off the wall at the same time.

What I noticed when I took this to the range is that I am in only about a 3/4 swing when i get to this position……when i take my club back fully, i lose the connection and pure contact.

Do you have any advice/tips/drills as to how I can turn this great drill of a 3/4 swing into a full swing?

Thank you in advance for your help and continue with your great work!!!

J.P. – USA

Answer:

Thank you for sending in your great question and comments. It is much appreciated. There have been several positive comments regarding that video on that golf backswing tip. I am glad you like it and that you have found success with it.

I have received similar questions and posted a response. Please take a look by clicking on the following link (Golf Backswing Tip). However you made an interesting comment in your submission.

“You feel connected for 3/4 but when you try to stretch it full you become disconnected and lose contact.”

I believe that what you describe as 3/4 should be your full swing. Nothing says that you have to swing all the way to the top so that your hands are above your shoulders. It is OK if you only make a proper and effective turn so that your backswing is 2/3 or 3/4 long.

In fact that is the modern swing. It is kind of like age, 40 is the new 30, well a 3/4 swing is the new full swing.

I really like how you have self discovered that if you force your backswing to be longer than it should be that you lose connectivity and contact. That is huge for your game!!

I thought I would add a few other Tour Player videos to illustrate the point that your body should only turn as much as your flexibility will allow, and your arms should stop going back when your shoulders stop turning.

Charl Schwartzel

Schwartzel – Master’s Champion…pretty good title for the young South African. Simply put he has great back and shoulder flexibility. Notice how is arms stop going back when his back stops rotating.

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A Golf Alignment Lesson For Your Irons

This is the Golf Alignment Lesson. This lesson is designed to help you aim at your target properly. It’s great if you can hit the ball solidly and straight, but if you don’t aim well and miss your target by 30 yards…you are really not taking advantage of how well you can hit the golf ball.

Do you now how the pros shoot such low scores? It’s because they have great fundamentals.  World class fundamentals…and so can you! Alignment is an absolute key fundamental.  It is very difficult to hit shots on target if we are not aimed where we think we are aimed.

How do you practice alignment?  First step, is never, ever, ever hit a shot without aiming at a specific target.  Always take the time to aim…if you miss, how will you know if your swing was off or just your alignment?

If you have poor aim, you will forced to compensate for it with your swing.  It will be subconscious and if you constantly have poor aim then you will constantly make swing compensations.

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Golf Full Swing Drills

Some of the best work I do on my game is at home without a ball.  It really helps me focus on repeating my movement.  It is also a great way to watch TV.  Make your rest time productive.  My basketball coach used to call it active rest.

When I am at the course I always want to focus my practice session on one area of my swing at a time.  I do this by breaking up the range balls into piles on 10.  I hit those 10 balls with complete focus on one area.  Take a couple minutes break, and then start the next pile of balls solely focussed on another area.  I encourage all my players to practice the same way.  It helps avoid mindlessly beating balls.

The great Ben Hogan said that he could only hit 22 balls at a time. That was his max and he felt that he could not properly focus after the 22nd ball.  If he could only hit 22, then I think 10 is a good place for us to start.  If you can get through ten with perfect focus, then move up to 15.  However, I suggest never making your piles bigger than 20 balls.

These are great full swing drills to add to your practice plan so that you can maximize your practice time and have fun while working on your game. I have always been a big fan of drills because it mentally and physically makes you feel like you are working on your game. There is nothing more frustrating than walking away from a practice session with no recollection of what area you tried to improve and questioning if you did in fact get better.

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Free Golf Tip: Basketball Backswing Drill

I ran a golf school in my home town for a number of years. It was a small town of about 4000 people, with larger towns surrounding ours. One of the major roads that led to my town went right past the driving range. There were many people who would drive by and see me with a player, or a group of players, throwing basketballs back and forth. When I went down to the grocery store, the number one question I would get was ‘Kris, how in the world does a basketball make you a better golfer?’ This article is dedicated to answering that very question.

As we all know, golf is a difficult game that we are passionate about. It is also not easy to improve. Not because of ability, but more often because of time and not knowing what to practice during that time. It is hard to get to the driving range enough to groove a new move. The reason I bring the ball on the range is to demonstrate how each player can improve at home. It helps if you can hit balls for hours and hours. However, if you can put in a few minutes a day of well focused repetitions at home, you would be amazed what that will do to your game.

Now, you can use any type of ball, pillow, or pot to work on your swing. I recommend a basketball because it is big and when properly inflated weighs between 7-9 pounds. This means that it will help develop some of your core golf muscles at the same time as you develop your swing. Since the ball has some weight to it, it will help develop some golf muscle endurance.

The great part of practicing this way is that you really see what a strong back swing position looks and feels like. We are going to focus on the shoulder turn. There are many players out there that don’t turn their shoulders to their full capability, and that causes them to lose power and consistency.

The drill is simple in nature, but often the simplest drills are the most effective.

Free Golf Tip:
Basketball Backswing Step One


  • Hold your basketball as if it was a golf club and get into your normal golf stance.
  • For more details on the proper golf stance please click here.
  • Your arms and hands should be in line with your shoulders.
  • Remember to practice good balance and posture.

Free Golf Tip:
Basketball Backswing Step TwO


  • Start your back swing.
  • Stop and hold your back swing position when your left arm is parallel to the ground.
  • This the same as the set swing position in the backswing.
  • Your left arm should be in line with your toes. That is a great sign of a full shoulder turn.
  • For more details on the set swing position please click here .

Free Golf Tip:
Basketball Backswing Step Three

  • Turn and look at your basketball.
  • Your basketball should be in front of your chest. If it is then you have made a great backswing turn.

Free Golf Tip:
Basketball Backswing Step Four

  • Pull your ball straight into your body.
  • If it comes straight to your chest then you are in a great position.
  • Repeat these steps as many times as you can.
  • Practicing at home without a ball can have a major impact on your swing development.

Free Golf Tip:
Basketball Backswing Final Check

If you have made a proper turn you hands will stay in front of your chest. If you see any still photos of the best players in the world, they all get to this position. This position is the key to an effective back swing. If you can keep your hands in front of your chest, you will keep your club on the proper line (swing plane), create more power, and use less energy to hit better shots.

If you follow the steps in the drill, and when you get to step 4 and you find that your ball is not in front of your chest it means you are out of position.

This will make it much harder to hit great shots. If your ball swings out around your body and ends up behind you it means you did not turn your shoulders enough during your back swing. This will make your swing very flat and lack power.

Please use this drill on a daily basis, as I know it can only positively benefit your game.

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Free Golf Instruction For The Driver & Setup

This is the Driver Setup Lesson.This free golf instruction is designed to help you create a routine that will help you setup the same way every time. It is very important that you have a great setup for every shot…but especially with the driver.

It is the club that you are going to hit your ball the longest. A poor setup can affect distance and accuracy. What’s the point in hitting a solid shot with your driver with an inefficient setup? You will end up hitting it farther off course… and into deeper trouble! However, we can make a simple routine that will get you in the right position every time.

Since working on the setup position is considered boring by most players it is often neglected. This is really unfortunate because it is really hard to improve without a good setup. If you don’t have a good setup and you hit a bad shot how will you know if it’s your swing or your setup that is the problem?

So many times players hit bad shots after making a great swing…the problem is their setup position. They then try to make changes in their swing, when there is actually nothing wrong with it. Tinkering with their swing leads to even bigger problems. Everything could have been avoided by following a simple setup routine to ensure a great setup position. To be truly effective you must follow this routine for every shot…both during practice and playing.

Free Golf Instruction Step #1 :
Club Down First

Always put your club down first aiming at your target. I can’t stress enough how important it is to do this action first. Changing this action alone can help boost your shot consistency.  This is a critical step in a good setup. Aiming your club first ensures that you are aiming your club at your target.

Trick: Keep your feet staggered and close together.

Please see the Aiming the Driver Lesson for more details on alignment.


Free Golf Instruction Step #2 :
Feet Together

  • After getting your club down first, start your setup with your feet together.
  • Your ball should line up between your toes.
  • This will also help you get your feet set properly in the next couple of steps

Free Golf Instruction Step #3 :
Move Your Target Foot First
(Left foot right handed players)

  • Start by moving your target side foot so that the inside of your target side foot lines up with your target side armpit.
  • This is an important move because we vary the width of our stance when we use different clubs. The longer the club the wider the stance.  The Driver is the longest club and therefore takes the widest stance.
  • This is key for your swing with the Driver as it will keep your swing lower to the ground longer, creating a bigger swing arc and a better path into the ball.
  • The most consistent way to do this is to move your target side foot a few inches towards the target every time. Then move your back foot depending on which club you are using.

Free Golf Instruction Step #4 :
Move Your Back Foot
(Right foot for right handed players)

  • Move your back foot so that the instep is lined up with the outside edge of your back shoulder. This will create a stable base for your swing.
  • Great balance helps make great contact.  The driver is also the longest club in your bag, which therefore will create the longest swing. You will want to have a wider stance to help keep you on balance as you generate more power.
  • The wider stance will help flatten your swing so that you can sweep your golf ball right off the tee and hit it long and straight. It will help keep you club lower to the ground on the takeaway.
  • By following this routine, your will automatically have great ball position each time you use your driver.  Consistency is a key to success. Please see the Driver Ball Position Lesson for more details.

Free Golf Instruction Step #5 :
Good Spacing Equals Good Knee Flex

  • When spreading your feet apart, keep your club behind the ball.
  • Now let go of the your right hand and see if it will fit between your butt end of your club and your body. If it just fits then your the correct distance away from your golf ball. The true benefit to being the proper distance is that you will automatically have the right knee flex.
  • If there is a lot of extra room it means that you are standing too far away from the ball which will cause you to bend your knees too much. Likewise, if you can’t fit your hand in between it means you are standing too close to the ball which will cause your legs to be too straight and not have enough knee flex.
  • If you are still unsure if you have the right amount of knee flex…try this little test. Stand straight up with your legs and back completely straight. Bend your knees and without bending from your hips, look straight down. Your knees should cover your golf shoe laces. If you can see the knots on your shoes then you don’t have enough knee flex. It you can’t see your toes then your are bending too much.
  • Good knee flex helps you stay balanced through your swing, and helps avoid any up and down movements. Moving up and down creates a lot of timing issues and makes it very hard to be consistent.

Free Golf Instruction Step #6 :
Push Your Butt Backwards

  • Now that you have great knee flex…push your butt backwards.
  • Pushing your butt backwards spreads your weight evenly over your feet. Most sports are played on the balls of your feet …but not golf. Golf we want to keep the weight even. No more on the toes than on the heels. This will help give you great balance through your swing.
  • Keeping your butt outside your heels helps keep your lower back straight. A straight lower back is much easier to turn than a hunched back.
  • See how your sharp the angles in your body become when you push your butt backwards. Sharp angles leads to great posture which leads to great shots.

Free Golf Instruction Step #7 :
Target Forearm Trick
(Left forearm for right handed players)

  • From this view your should see my left forearm slightly in front of my right. This is a little trick to help make sure my shoulders are square.
  • If my left forearm was hidden then that would open up my shoulders which in turn would encourage a slice. To correct this I would tuck my right elbow a little closer to my body. This helps square off my shoulders so that I can make my back swing along the proper path.

Free Golf Instruction Step #8 :
The Full Setup

  • The last step in this routine is for your hand position. This position should be the same for every shot you hit (except for sand and putting).
  • If you were to let go of your club, the butt end should hit the inside of your left leg.
  • With your driver that will put your hands even to slightly behind your golf ball.
  • The reference to the inside of your leg never changes, and it automatically puts you hands in the right place for all your clubs.

Thank you for taking the Driver Setup Lesson. This is a very important routine to master so that you can have a strong and consistent setup. The better your setup is the more likely you will hit a great shot. The reality is that you could have a swing of a tour pro, but if you don’t have a great setup you will not shoot great scores.

Good luck with your practicing and playing. May you ‘Play Your Golf Dreams’ with the help of free-golf-lessons.com.

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Dustin Johnson Golf Swing Analysis and Tips

The Dustin Johnson golf swing is pure athleticism and power. He has been described as an supreme athlete who chose to play golf, and it shows.

I am not going to lie, 99% of us are not going to swing it like DJ, however there are a number of great things to learn  from his game and incorporate them into your swing.

First and foremost his best attribute is his approach to the game. His emotions are  always level. No matter what sport you play, you don’t want to get too high or too low as you will lose focus. The crash down from being too high hard to deal with and it is very hard to recover from being to low. The more level you are, particularly in golf, the better opportunity you have to play well.

Dustin Johnson Golf Swing Tips

Grip and Clubface

DJ uses a very strong grip and has the club in a closed position throughout his swing.

There are more and more tour players playing this way. It may in fact become the new standard. It allows DJ to swing with power and reduces club rotation through impact.

The strong grip and closed club face let’s him hold the release of the club through impact. This actually keeps his club square longer through the ball, which helps his consistency of contact.

Full Shoulder Turn

Making a full shoulder turn helps generate easy power. The more you turn your shoulders on the back swing the more they need to unwind through impact…and that adds to power.

The more your shoulders can unwind the more natural power you will unleash into the ball.

Looking at Dustin Johnson’s golf swing, you can see at the top of his backswing how much he has turned his shoulders.

He tries to get his left shoulder over his right knee. He also tries to get the line of his shoulders is in line with his right leg.

I would suggest standing and facing a mirror to practice this move.

Please understand that DJ is very flexible and can make this move without lifting his left heel off the ground. Unless you have his kind of flexibility I suggest you let your front foot heel come of the ground to make it easier to get a full turn.

Impact Position

I want to focus on his impact position as this is the most critical part of the swing and his is very good.

Take a look at his head position in this picture and compare to the top of his backswing. Notice how there is very little movement towards the target. This is a great thing to copy as it helps both power and consistency.

The other important part to note is his hand position relative to the club. You will notice that his hands are even with the club head at impact. This is critical for success especially because of his strong grip. If his hands are behind the ball at impact then his club face will be very closed and he will hit the ball way left.

His hands in front help him hit the ball on target. This is true for the driver and even more so for irons. He will have his hands at least a couple of inches ahead of the ball at impact on order to hit it solidly and accurately with his irons.

A great way to feel this position is to drag your club along the ground. Start in your address position and then put the head of your club on the ground about a foot behind the ball. Now drag it into the ball. You should feel your hands lead the club into impact. That is the same feeling you want to create at impact.

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Driver Golf Swing Tips To Improve Your Distance & Consistenc

Helpful Driver Golf Swing Tips

Welcome to Lesson Six of Full Swing Lessons for the Driver. This is the Full Swing Lesson. This lesson is designed to put it all together to make a nice, full, fluid motion that helps create more distance and accuracy for your game.

As you know, the driver has become a scoring club in today’s game. You need to hit the ball longer and straighter than ever, to give yourself a chance to shoot a better score. This lesson finishes off what you have practiced during the previous five lessons.

It takes a little longer following each lesson in sequence, however, your patience and practice should show in your results. One thing to note as we head into the final lesson for the driver. Please keep your muscles relaxed while you are making your swing. It’s harder to do as we make a full swing, but tension saps power very quickly. The more relaxed your muscles can be while maintaining control of your golf club the longer and straighter your shots will be.

Driver Golf Swing Tips #1 :
Your Setup

  • If you have any doubts about your setup, please click on the Full Swing Setup Lesson for the Driver.
  • You can’t take advantage of a great golf swing from a poor setup position.
  • It is also much better to make swing changes, or build your golf swing, from a solid setup position.

Driver Golf Swing Tips #2 :
Club Parallel

  • Please see the Lesson #1 for the Driver: The Take Away for more complete details on how to swing back to this position.
  • Turn your shoulders and chest to maintain your triangle.
  • Your lead shoulder should follow your toe line.
  • Your club should be parallel to the ground in line with your toes.
  • There should be very little change in your weight distribution.

Driver Golf Swing Tips #3 :
Set Swing

  • Please see the Lesson #3 for the Driver: Set Swing Backswing for more details on how to make a great turn to get to this position.
  • At the set swing position your target side arm (left for right handed players) should be parallel to the ground.
  • If your hands and wrists are relaxed (remember this game needs to be played relaxed)…then your wrists should hinge naturally so that your club and arm form an ‘L’.
  • The key to getting to a good set swing position is to make sure that your shoulders and chest are turning the whole time. If they are then your hands will be almost in front of your chest, and your chest will be fully turned away from your target.
  • Your right knee should stay flexed throughout your backswing.

Driver Golf Swing Tips #4 :
Top of the Backswing

  • To get to the top of your backswing from the set swing position…all you need to do is to continue turning your chest and shoulders.
  • Keep moving your target side shoulder (left for right handed players) moving along your toe line.
  • You should stop your backswing when you can’t keep your turn moving comfortably. Your flexibility will dictate how long your backswing will be. You don’t need a super long backswing to hit it far.
  • Once you start to try and go beyond your own level of flexibility your club will get off line and it makes it very hard to hit the ball consistently.
  • Your lower body should stay relaxed and simply turn as it needs to by following your upper body. If you tighten up your legs and hips it will cause your club to get off line.
  • Always remember…golf needs to be played relaxed, especially in your hands, arms and shoulders.
  • Your weight should shift towards your back foot.  If you have great flexibility then your weight can stay a little more centred in the middle of your stance.  Otherwise, your target side shoulder can push a little more along your toe line towards your back foot.  You will then feel extra weight on your back foot.  This allows you to load up and drive back through the golf ball.

Driver Golf Swing Tips #5 :
A Different View

  • From this view you can see how your back knee should stay bent throughout the entire backswing. This really helps stabilize your backswing. It helps keep your balance, and helps create more power.
  • The amount your hips rotate will depend on your flexibility.  Keep your hips relaxed and let them rotate as much as they need too.
  • You can see how my left knee looks like it is pointing at the ball.  However, it is really leaning toward my back foot.  Bending towards the ball will keep my weight too much on my left foot and came me to lean forward.
  • To help you make sure you are making a full turn try and get your target side shoulder to turn under your chin.

Driver Golf Swing Tips #6 :
Starting Down to the Ball

  • Your initial move back to your golf ball should be as simple as throwing a ball. Please see the Disk Throw Golf Lesson for more details.
  • Once you have reached the top of your backswing, you need to start moving back towards your ball. When making the transition from backswing to downswing, remember that golf is a game of rhythm and timing.
  • When you hear someone say a player was to ‘quick’ they are talking about the player’s transition from backswing to downswing.  Change of speeds is great in most sports, but not in golf.  You can have a slow swing, a fast swing, but it is hard to play with a quick one.
  • The downswing should start from the ground up. This means it should start from your feet. Starting from your feet will put your swing in the right sequence.
  • Having a ‘trigger’ at the this point in the swing can be very helpful. I try to press my left heel into the ground. This gets my feet and legs into the swing first.  Players who lift their left heel in the backswing should replant that heel to trigger the downswing.
  • You must keep your arms and hands relaxed. If you do they will literally ‘fall’ into the proper position going down. When you press your left foot into the ground and your arms are relaxed they will move together. If you have tension in your upper body your swing will get out of sequence.
  • You need to keep your body moving together in order to create consistent contact.

Driver Golf Swing Tips #7 :
Half way Down

  • After pressing your foot into the ground, it is just a matter of unwinding your hips and chest. Make sure you do this all at the same time. Since your shoulders and chest were turned more than your hips, you will maintain the proper sequence.
  • You don’t want your hips to move without your chest, or either to move without your arms and club.
  • Remember how the Set Swing was also called the ‘L’ swing. To create power you want to maintain that ‘L’ until just before impact. You can see how your ‘L’ is still intact as you are making your move to the ball. This can only happen if you use your body to make your swing. If you try to swing the club by moving your hands alone…you will automatically lose your ‘L’ and your power.

Driver Golf Swing Tips #8 :
A Different View

  • To keep your club on plane (meaning on line to your ball) you must keep your right elbow (right handed players) close to your body. Much like if you were to skip a stone across the water. As you step into the throw your right elbow tucks in against your side. This is big part of your downswing because it will help maintain your ‘L’ for power, and keep your club on line for accuracy. If you start your downswing with your arms and hands then your elbow will drift away from your side and you will hit weaker shots that will fade…slice.
  • You can see in the picture that my weight has shifted a little more onto my left foot because my right foot is rolling onto it’s instep.

Driver Golf Swing Tips #9 :
Impact…The Moment of Truth

  • Impact is the split second during your golf swing in which the club makes contact with the ball. All the movement your body does during your backswing and downswing, are simply to setup for a good impact position. If you can deliver your club onto the back of your ball properly…you are going to hit great shots!
  • There is a big difference between good contact and proper contact. Good contact will get you around the golf course…proper contact will help you shoot your dream scores. Let’s try and work on making proper contact.
  • To make proper contact you will want to make sure that the back of your left hand is flat and facing your target. This is critical for making proper contact. It is the only way for your club to hit your ball at the proper angle so that you can use the natural loft of your club. A common fault is having the the left wrist break towards the target. This increases the loft of your club and makes you hit the ball higher and shorter than it should. A great drill is to put a ruler on the back of your left wrist and make parallel to parallel swings. The ruler will help keep your wrist in place.
  • After pressing your left foot into the ground on your downswing your weight should naturally move onto your left foot. This is because at impact your right knee should be flexing and moving towards your ball. This will make your right foot roll onto it’s instep. These two things will help drive your weight forward and through your shot.

Driver Golf Swing Tips #10 :
A Different View

  • Thispicture is taken from the target side. The key thing to note looking at the impact position from this angle is how open your hips will be to your target. Notice how your hips will almost be facing your target already, even though you are only just at impact. This position helps generate a lot of power as well as proper contact.
  • Your shoulders are virtually square to your target line. Remember that your club always follows the line of your shoulders. Therefore, if your shoulders are square at impact then the path of your club should be straight to your target as well.

Driver Golf Swing Tips #11 :
Parallel Follow Through

  • This position should virtually mirror your backswing. Your club should be parallel to the ground with the toe of your club pointing up to the sky.
  • This time your right wrist should be flat, as if you were shaking hands with someone. If your hand is in the position to receive a ‘low five’ from someone then you are out of position, and you will have unnaturally increased the loft of your club.
  • Almost all your weight should be on your left foot. So much so that you should feel the pressure of your weight on the target side edges of your left shoe.

Driver Golf Swing Tips #12 :
Set Swing Finish

  • This should be almost a mirror of your backswing. This time your right arm should be straight and parallel to the ground, while your left arm folds and stays close to your body.
  • Almost all your weight should be on your left foot and you should be rolling up onto the toes of your right foot. Since your hips are turning through your shot, your left leg will naturally pull away from your target line and will be almost straight. This is a good thing because it is creating room for your club to swing though your ball. You may have also heard that it is good to ‘hit against a firm left side’. Well the straightening of your left leg will help create that firm side which does lead to more power.
  • The most over used statement in golf is ‘Keep your head down’. I have never said that in a lesson. Yes…you do need to keep your eye on your ball. However, keeping your head down can restrict movement of your follow through. If your head and neck muscles are relaxed then they should rotate naturally with your body. This will give you a much more free flowing motion.

Driver Golf Swing Tips #13 :
A Different View

  • Make sure that your hips and chest keep rotating through your swing. If they stop turning you will lose a lot a power and consistency. If you have turned them properly then your belt buckle (or zipper if you are not wearing a belt) will almost be facing your target.
  • You can see in this picture how your left leg straightens and pulls back while your right knee flexes and moves toward where you ball was. This is simply opposite of your backswing move. Once again…a mirror image.
  • The most important part of the follow through is maintaining your spine angle. This is the angle between your hips and back. It should remain the same as it was at address. If you keep the same angle then you are much more likely to hit solid shots. If that angle changes, especially getting more vertical (commentators often call it coming out of your shot) you will end up hitting a lot of weak shots to the right.
  • If you go back to the Throwing the Ball Lesson you will notice that I was throwing the ball underneath a club held about belt high. This was to help get the feeling of staying down through my swing so I could maintain my spine angle. Keep this image in mind and it will help you make solid contact.

Driver Golf Swing Tips #14 :
The Finish

  • At the finish position all your weight should be on your left foot. In fact you should be rolling to the outside edge of your left foot. You can see in the picture how my instep in just slightly off the ground.
  • Your right foot should be up on it’s tip toe.
  • Being relaxed allows you to make a fuller finish. If your muscles are relaxed through your swing then your hands can finish over your left shoulder. Your right shoulder can then also finish closer to the target than your left shoulder. This will allow you to use all the power you generated in your backswing.

Driver Golf Swing Tips #15 :
A Different View

  • From this view you can see that I have used my body so much during the swing that my belt buckle is actually pointed to the left of my target. This shows that you want to fully unwind your hips, shoulders and chest to hit great golf shots.
  • You want to be well balanced by having all your weight finish on your left foot.
  • Your hands and arms should stay relaxed throughout your whole swing. If they are then your hands will almost automatically finish over your left shoulder. If you have tension your swing will most likely be shortened and less fluid.

Thank you for taking the Full Swing Driver Lesson. This completes the driver golf swing tips. Please use these driver golf swing tips to hit your tee shots longer and straighter, as it is much easier to score when you are farther down the fairway. The pros don’t care that they hit 300 plus yard drives. The distance they seek with their driver is to set up a shorter second shot. It is much easier to hit a 9 iron to a green than a 6 iron.

Hopefully with some practice you will be able to use a club or two less coming into the green for your second shot, or maybe even go for a par 5 in two shots…setting up an eagle putt or chip. Sounds like fun right? Each of the lessons for the full swing is important. Please refer back to them every once in a while to make sure the swing changes you are working on stay intact.

Good luck with your practicing and playing. May you ‘Play Your Golf Dreams’ sooner with the help of free-golf-lessons.com.