Monday, July 8, 2013

How to Swing a Golf Iron the Right Way

Hitting the golf ball and making it fly toward the target requires precision on how you grip your golf club, position the ball and stand and maintain a good posture. You may think that professionals have different styles of swinging a golf iron than a recreational golfer. However, the technique is actually the same for every golfer. It is the professionals' execution of the right golf swing that makes it look different.

Step 1 

Adopt the proper grip. The interlocking grip is a standard grip except for when you are putting. If you are right-handed, place your left hand near the top of the golf club and right hand on top. The little finger of the right hand goes in-between the forefinger and the middle finger of the left hand. This grip helps keep your hands as one unit. 

Step 2

Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart with the right foot about 5 degrees to the right and the left foot about 45 degrees to the left and your knees slightly bent. The golf ball should be placed exactly in the middle between your feet. Push your left hip up so that your right shoulder drops. Position the golf club head behind the ball. Point the clubface toward where you want the ball to go. Move your hands near the inside of your left thigh. Swing the club low on the ground away from the ball, just to the outside of your right foot in preparation for the actual swing.

Step 3

Swing the club up and over your shoulder. If you are taking a full swing, the club should be parallel to the ground. For a three-fourths swing, the club should stop about 45 degrees from being parallel. This will naturally twist your body slightly to the right, bend your left knee deeper and straighten your right leg. Keep your arms straight but relaxed, gripping the club firmly. Start the downswing with your weight shifting automatically, bending your right knee and straightening your left knee, and your weight shifted on the left foot.