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Step One - Setup

We’ll start, of course, with your correct golf stance and club grip. The club head should be floating just above the ground behind the ball. I then do the little things that get me loose and relaxed (to each his own).

Step Two - Hinge arm/Cock wrists

(This is the beginning of where anyone who knows anything about golf will begin to disagree with me.)
I start my golf back swing, or golf swing takeaway, by bringing the golf club head back, however, I don’t focus on the club head. Instead I think of the arm as being hinged at my left shoulder. Then,  like a gate that swings open from it’s hinges, the left arm hinges at the left shoulder and swings across the body until it approaches the right side at my right armpit. The left arm remains relatively straight, but could bend slightly.

My shoulder and upper body turn begin as the left arm reaches this position.

As the arms go back, two things should happen.

First, the forearms will naturally rotate clockwise slightly until the golf club head points to the sky. Opening the club face more won’t seem right to you if you tend to slice, but don’t resist this very natural movement.

Second, as your arms travel up and back and the golf club shaft approaches parallel to the ground, you will gradually begin cocking your wrists. Then by the time that your left arm is parallel to the ground, your wrists should be completely cocked at a 90 degree angle.
(This is the last time we discuss or think about the position of your arms.)

Cocking your wrists is a very important part of creating club head speed. This was one of my big swing problems. I was so concerned about “taking the club straight back” at the beginning of my back swing  that I never completely cocked my wrists. Fixing this straightened out several of my golf swing problems.

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Relax! A good Golf Swing Setup is just not that tough! The good news is that you probably have a good athletic setup and all you need is to brush it up and be more relaxed.

You can can choose from three different Golf Grips. It’s your choice and you should choose the golf grip that feels right for you.

An athletic Golf Stance and setup is the launching pad for your swing. If you start with a bad stance, you’ll probably follow with a bad back swing, a bad downswing, and a bad follow through. Not to worry though. It’s just not that difficult!

Solid basic Golf Swing Steps or golf swing mechanics lead to an easy golf back swing, down swing, and follow through.

The Golf Back Swing - Don't think about your arms. Instead of thinking about my arms and swinging my club , I try to think of my back swing as turning my back to the target. I’m just putting the club behind my back.

My best advice for your Golf Down Swing, with one exception, is to just let it happen! The down swing and follow through should be the very natural result of everything that precedes it.

Golf Swing Summary - I DO still remember the faulty golf swing mechanics and neurotic golf swing thoughts that less than memorable worm burner shot or that weak 70 yard shot off to the right. Here’s my list of golf swing killers.

What little I know about the golf swing is already on these pages, but I’ll be glad to provide whatever Swing Tip Support I can. I'm no expert, and everything I've done here is probably incorrect according every golf aficionado on the planet. But then again, if it works, do you really care?

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