In this section, we will look at golf tips for beginners and try and give an overview of what each new beginner should work on to give you a feel for what each of the setup routines entails.
The most important foundation of a golf swing is simply the grip. The correct grip on the golf club is the basis for a repetitive golf swing and is the first setup in this lesson on golf tips for beginners. To learn how to grip the club correctly, please see our golf grip tips page, and when completed, please return here for the next lesson.
1. Basic Fundamentals: Stance
Although your stance will change as you move through all the clubs in your bag, it is a good idea first to establish the correct stance when using a driver. As with the illustration below, you will see that the stance should be the same width apart as your shoulders and should only narrow on short shots from 60 yds in.
It is also a good idea to place irons on the floor pointing at your target so that you get a good grounding on where to aim. It is sometimes surprising that what you are aiming at can be 15-20 yds offline, so using clubs in this way during every practice routine will keep you aligned correctly.
When moving further down the irons in your bag, all you need to do is move the ball back slightly in your stance. With a driver, you are looking to strike the ball on a more upward swing path, whereas the lower you move down the irons, the steeper angle of attack you will need on the ball.
2. Basic Fundamentals: Posture
The posture is another important factor that gives you a good base in which to swing around. Poor posture and weight distribution invoke a poor swing. Let take a look at the key point to get your posture correct during setup.
1. Grip a 5-iron as you would normally and spread your feet apart as you are about to hit a normal shot. Then stand up straight with your hands just above your waistline, extend the club out in front of you. Make sure that you relax, as any tension in the arms of your spine will stay with you during the swing.
2. Bend over from your waist while maintaining the angle between your body and your arms. Keep bending until the clubhead comes to the rest of the ground.
3. Finally, flex your knees so that half your foot still shows when you look down. Stick your buttocks out ever-so-slightly and make sure the weight is distributed evenly across both feet.
In an efficient golf swing, your body weight shifts from your back foot in the backswing to your front foot during the downswing to add power and provide balance. But you will not enjoy these benefits if your weight is not distributed correctly at the address.
The average golfer fails to recognize that the weight distribution at address is not the same for every club – it varies depending on the type of strike you are attempting to produce.
This concludes this section on golf tips for beginners. Here we have given a complete run-down and the setup procedure required for the basis of a natural golf swing. Please continue to the sections on the left-hand side for further tips and lessons.
Establish The Proper Golf Grip
Just because it feels comfortable does not mean you have the proper golf grip. The grip is the single most important fundamental in setting up for the ball as it is the only point of contact with the club. Establish the club’s incorrect grip, and your swing will get into many bad habits and awkward swing positions. Any grip change you make will feel very strange for a while, so perseverance is required.
Please note: Grips on your golf clubs need to be regularly changed for you to perform the steps outlined below correctly. Hard or slick golf grips can be disastrous to your game.
Proper golf grip variations:
In golf, there really are only 3 proper golf grip variations that have become recognized and accepted. The baseball grip is generally only used for people with small hands and is therefore only recommended for junior golfers.
Today’s most commonly used grip is the overlapping grip, where the little finger of the right-hand rides on top of the forefinger on the left hand. Then there is the overlapping grip where the little finger of the right hand is locked in with the forefinger from the left hand.
This grip ensures a more stable grip on the club however promotes a jerky motion throughout the swing. The only grip that I recommend is the overlapping grip.
Forming the proper golf grip:
When forming your grip on the club, you need to leave a gap of about 1 inch at the top before your left hand is placed on the grip. It would help if you placed the grip diagonally across your palm. Close your fingers around the grip, making sure that your thumb sits slightly to the right of the handle. You should be able to see 2 knuckles on the left hand.
The palm of your right hand should mirror the position of the clubface (i.e., facing the target). Wrap your fingers underneath the club with the right hand to see two knuckles on the right hand.
Proper golf grip pressure:
If your golf grip is too tight, this can restrict the free-flowing motion of your swing. If it is too loose, your hands may slip as you swing. For the correct pressure on the golf club, get a tube of toothpaste and form your regular grip. If you can see any paste coming out of the tube, then your grip will be too tight on a club.