Seven Things to Remember When Swinging A Golf Club

When first learning to swing a golf club, there are hundreds of things beginners try to remember. The amount of white noise rattling around in their head is a constant source of distraction, frustration and knowledge. For many would be golfers, breaking down this information is very important to improving and really enjoying the game.

Recently, I had the opportunity to have a range session with my older sister, Donna. After many years of wanting, she finally decided to dedicated 2 or 3 days a week to playing and improving her game. She has made great strides and as we started at the range she explained how she learned to fundamentals.

Donna Working On her Golf Swing.

Donna likes to use a checklist of things to do before she hits the ball. She uses it as a reminder and it helps her stay focused on the few things that are important successful contact. When we started, she had three things. When we finished, she had seven things. She wanted to write them down, but I promised her I would combine all the seven steps in on list for her to use as a basis for her golf swing.

As I write this list, it is important that you the reader understand that this list is specific to her. We developed it after hitting balls to meet the mental cues she needs for a successful golf swing. However, this list is universal and you may find it helpful as you continue to improve your golf game.

  • Place your feet at a comfortable distance apart. Approximately shoulder width works best. Remember to place your left foot slightly open so your toes are to the left of your left heel.
  • Place the ball forward in your stance. With the longer clubs like your driver, the ball should be in line with your left heel.
  • Keep your left arm straight as you can through the entire golf swing. By keeping your left arm straight, you can generate power, build consistency, and develop a repeatable swing.
  • Keep your head still. One of the major issues beginners have is that their head moves far too much during their golf swing. Many tell beginners to keep you head down, but that advice is misleading. There is some movement of our head during a golf swing, however, the less the better.
  • Focus on the point of contact and count to one. The point of this step is to focus on the point of contact between the ball and the club. Additionally, but counting to one, you keep you head still and allow the rest of your body to complete the swing before looking for your ball.
  • Follow through high. Ensure your hands follow through high and come to rest near the nape of your neck on the left side. It is important to finish your swing to its completion with a nice high finish.
  • Lastly, less is more. Most amateurs have a tendency to over swing. The thing they must try and swing their club as fast as they can and this extra effort causes the player to out of balance when swinging. Therefore, it is important to focus on swinging at 80% of maximum and work from there.

The above is the list is something my sister and I developed to help her improve her golf swing. This process is very useful for her and for other amateurs learning to play golf. I am proud of my sister’s efforts to improve her golf swing. The original list will be beneficial and as my sister improves, she will remove some items and replace them with others; it is all about the evolution of our own golf swing.

Do you have a checklist?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

Written by Jim Burton from The Grateful Golfer blog.


7 thoughts on “Seven Things to Remember When Swinging A Golf Club

  1. Pingback: 9 Things To Think About When Training For Golf | The Grateful Golfer

  2. Jim, good list.

    I know Payne Stewart used to practice in his bare feet to improve his balance, but are those flip flops or sandals your sister is wearing? I’d add a point to the list to make sure you are wearing correct footwear. 🙂



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  3. Interesting post. I too have a checklist, but it is understandably a little different to Donna’s. I first made a short list of 4 key points after my initial lessons a decade or more ago, laminated it & put it in my bag (the list is still there!). I now have a mental list that is a little longer and consists of the various fundamental factors that I have found to be to be common to my best swings and contacts. I don’t necessarily think of all of them all the time, but I can fall back on them if I am having a bad day on the course or range. Good luck to Donna as she progresses! Cheers, Rob.

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  4. All good advice for any beginner. Off topic, but advice I think is important for your readers, I had a bit of a scare on the course today. I decided to play a short course today that I hadn’t played in years. Lots of short game practice that I figured could only be good for my game. I didn’t carry, I brought my hand cart and had an umbrella attached to give me some shade because it was over 90 out and felt even more oppressive than normal. But I only made it 9 holes and had to lay down on the grass in the shade of a tree by the side of the last hole to recoup before abandoning the rest of my round for the first time ever. I was on the edge of heat stroke. I just thought it might be helpful to remind everyone out there to make sure you hydrate and don’t be embarrassed to call it a day if you feel that is the smart choice for you. That’s a first for me. But I’m glad I didn’t try to push myself to finish. Better safe than sorry.

    On the bright side, I got a raincheck for the 9 I missed so Monday, I plan on going back out and riding this time to insure I can finish. I want to play the whole 18 during the eclipse. Should be an interesting day.

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