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Looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Coach Glen

Clay Ballard's Perfect Back Swing video provides excellent information about how to start and finish a great backswing. It's definitely worth absorbing if you're having trouble with a full shoulder turn, a reverse pivot or cupping your left wrist at the top of your swing.

ADDRESSING THE GOLF BALL

FEET: Your feet should be about shoulder width apart, square to a training rod, or target line, with your left foot one-quarter turn toward the target line.

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LEGS: Your legs should form a triangle between your feet and hips and each separately have different duties during the golf swing and they are firmly connected to the hips. Your left leg should be prepared to bend, but only slightly toward your right knee, while your right leg remains stationery in the address position, grounded and firm against the pivoting of your upper body around your spine…preventing your body's weight from getting outside your right ankle. I like the feeling that there is a mildly strong magnet attracting my knees to each other to help keep them stable through the swing.

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HIPS: Your hips should be square to the training rod, as well. Your upper body bends forward from the hips in order for your to get positioned over the ball. Your knees are moderately bent and you should be in a comfortable and stable athletic position.

SHOULDERS: Your shoulders should also be square to the training rod and in a slightly rounded position so that your arms have adequate room to move freely like a pendulum [or lever] from your shoulders.

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ARMS: Your arms should drop straight down from your shoulders in order to grip and freely swing the golf club.

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ELBOWS: Your elbows should be married throughout the swing [like with a magnet], and should not separate. Keeping your elbows together eliminates many swing flaws that can arise including the dreaded flying elbow [aka chicken wing], which is where your right elbow moves away from and behind your body at the top of the swing. This can also happen at the finish with your left elbow. Your right elbow should bend in the upper part of the swing and remain vertical and close to your left elbow.

WRISTS: Your wrists remain neutral and supple while connecting the arms to the hands, but not too flexible or too stiff. Your wrists should avoid becoming cupped during the golf swing, however it is okay that your left wrist and possibly your right wrist to be cupped in the address position.

HANDS: Your hands should grip the club as discussed above under the GRIP header.

HEAD: Your head should be tilted up enough to maintain a good view of the golf ball, while facilitating the winding of your upper torso around your spine.

BODY: Your body will take on a slight reverse K position, which assists in setting the club-head behind the ball while the club's grip is forward of the ball. 

ALIGNMENT TO THE TARGET [description for right-handed golfers]

The most effective way to align your shot is to stand 3 to 6 feet behind your ball with your left foot and left side aligned with your ball and your target line.

After taking the correct grip with your left hand only—it’s best to do this with the club at your left side and then extending it in front of you with the shaft parallel to the ground to be sure the club face is square to the target.

Next, hold your club up vertically in line with your target line so that it intersects with the exact spot you want the ball to land. In this position, shoot an imaginary laser from the target back to your ball. Then, choose several spots near your ball, approximately 1-foot from your ball and then another 3 to 6 feet more that intersect your imaginary laser line. These spots become your alignment targets. These spots may not always perfectly intersect your laser line and therefore you’ll just have to remember that one is right or left by x-number of inches, or fractions thereof. Choosing just one spot works, too, but not nearly as well as two, or more.

Once you have your alignment spots [slight discoloration in the grass, or blades of grass, or anything that will remain in place while you take your set up and alignment, ie leaves are not reliable on a windy day. With your left hand place your club head on the ground immediately in front of the ball and square the club face to your target spots. The bottom of the club face should be perfectly perpendicular to your imagined laser line. Step into this position with your club as if addressing the ball with your stance and allowing your club head to find the ground by slowly lowering it as you hinge until it rests just in front of your ball. This will be the correct distance from the ball and the target line in order to finalize your alignment.

Next, set your feet so that your ball position is correct, usually in the middle, or slightly forward of center with most iron shots. Once settled into this position you will then reach down with your right hand just below your left hand and slide it up to cover the left thumb with your right palm lifeline.

Look at your club face, your target spots and your final target to check that they are all aligned. Next be sure that your feet are aligned parallel with the laser line you imagined earlier. Then check your knees, hips and shoulders to be certain that they are all in the exact same alignment as your feet and parallel to your target line.

At this point, with everything aligned to your target you’re now ready for your pre-shot routine to strike the ball.

Now, let’s review:

  1. Imagine a laser line from your target back to your ball.
  2. Find your aiming spots such as blades of grass, discoloration, etc.
  3. Set your club head in front of the ball finding your distance by lowering the club hinging at your hips.
  4. Set your feet parallel to the laser line and aiming spots.
  5. Grip the handle with your right hand setting your grip for the shot.
  6. Align the remainder of your body parallel to the target line…the laser line and the aiming spots you chose.
  7. Now, you’re ready for your pre-shot routine.
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FUNDAMENTALS OF GOLF
I will be presenting the fundamentals of golf through a series of posts right here.
We'll start with the Set UP. The first and most important element is the Grip.
The grip is our "only" connection to the golf club. This basic fundamental truth is why the proper grip is so important. The golfer's lead hand [left hand for right-handed golfers] goes at the top end of the shaft's grip. Hold the club in the fingers of the left hand to get a proper release of the club at impact. The club's grip should intersect at the base of the index finger and the little pinky finger. When the grip is closed the handle will be under the heal pad. Many amateurs mistakenly place the grip in the palm's lifeline and this leads to a variety of swing flaws. The thumb of the lead hand crosses over the top of the club's grip and rests on the right side. When the player looks down at his hand he will note that the thumb and the part of the hand next to the thumb forms a V. If done correctly, this V will point between the golfer's chin and the rear shoulder. The grip for the bottom hand is to be placed along the base of the two middle fingers at a slight angle and the palm's lifeline should cover the the thumb of the lead hand [top hand]. In this position, the bottom hand snugs in close to the top hand with the thumb of the bottom hand crossing over the shaft thus forming a second V that points toward the back shoulder. Grip pressure should be about 3-5 on a scale of 10. An example of grip pressure is holding a small bird without crushing it, or a tube a toothpaste without squeezing out all the paste. The proper grip pressure should have you feel a slight squeeze at the small finger on the top hand and the index finger of the bottom hand. Very little pressure should be felt by the middle fingers. Also, the thumbs should not dig into the club's grip but instead should rest there with enough pressure to keep the club from twisting in your hands.

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