One of the most important parts of our golf swing is the body pivot. Understanding the correct way to rotate the body key to hitting good shots. The pivot includes rotation of the body and the shifting of weight from the start of the swing to the finish. A correct pivot movement creates power and promotes solid impact with the golf ball.
Backswing Pivot: Start yourself in an athletic golf posture and start to rotate the torso around the spine while maintaining your upper body tilt. Shift weight and build pressure onto the trail foot as you rotate away from the target. At the top of the backswing, your lead shoulder should point downward toward ground, and weight should be balanced on the inside of the trail foot.
Downswing Pivot: Shift weight toward the target onto the lead foot to initiate the transition from the top of the backswing to the downswing. Uncoil the muscles that were rotated around the spine during the backswing and maintain the body tilt and posture. At impact, your hips should be rotated open to the target slightly more than the shoulders and keep your head (and eyes) in a steady position to ensure solid contact with the golf ball.
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Having fun is most important when introducing your children to the game of golf, says Ron Skubisz, Golf Course Manager & PGA Golf Pro at St. Charles Park District. Take a tip from the master of family entertainment – DisneyTM, which continually stresses the need to view the world through the eyes of a child. By playing from the same tees and using clubs that will travel the same distance as your child’s stroke, you will get to spend quality time during the round and create a realistic goal for your child of hitting shots further than you.
I highly recommend practicing on a putting green or short game practice area that provide a great opportunity to teach proper posture, grip and alignment. One of my favorite activities is to form teams among family members and create competitions. The ultimate benefit is improvement in putting and short game which account for nearly 70% of the shots taken in a normal round of golf. Remember the goal is to have fun, be creative, and let your child create games that are fun through their eyes while instructive in the fundamentals through your eyes.
10 Best Golf Tips for Beginners
- Play the Right Equipment.
- Focus on The Fundamentals.
- Double Check Your Alignment.
- Master Your Tempo.
- Don’t Let Anger Get In The Way.
- Make Your Driver Your Best Friend.
- Practice Your Short Game.
- Tee It Forward.
- Get Lessons Early.
- Create a Pre-shot Routine.