Golf Full Swing Practice Tips

As we begin the golf season, it is helpful to review the fundamentals of the golf full swing.  In this article, we focus on proper golf full swing tips for the grip and golf full swing setup. Please note that these golf full swing tips are for right handed golfers.

Proper Golf Grip Basics

Any PGA teaching professional will tell you that the foundation of a solid golf full swing is the proper grip.  Here are the proper grip basics for the golf full swing:

Left Hand

1. Place grip across base of little finger and just above first joint of index finger.  Apply pressure with your last three fingers.
2. Ensure pad of palm is on top of grip.  Place your thumb just right of the shaft center.

Right Hand

1. Place grip across base of fingers.  Wrap fingers around underside of grip.
2. Fold lifeline of right hand over left thumb. Right hand pressure should be applied by middle two fingers.

Grip Alignment

Key checkpoints of proper grip:

1. Palms always face each other.
2. When looking down at grip, knuckles of the left hand forefinger and middle finger are visible.
3. Creases of thumbs and forefingers point between right side of face and right shoulder.
4. The hands should work together as one unit with neither dominating the other.

Golf Swing Setup

Right behind having the proper golf grip in levels of importance is setting up correctly to strike the golf ball.  Here are a few full swing golf tips to ensure you are set up correctly for every golf shot.

1. In the beginning of your golf full swing setup, ensure your body is balanced and that your weight lies in the middle of your feet (not too much in toe or heels).
2. Once your body weight is balanced, tilt from your hips about 30 degrees to achieve the proper golf full swing spine angle.  
3. Keep your knees flexed slightly.  
4. Keep your back straight and your chin up and off your chest.
5. Let your arms hang freely with your hands below your shoulders.  
6. For short irons (e.g., wedges, 9 irons, 8 irons), place your feet slightly more narrow than your shoulders.
7. For middle irons (5 to 7 iron), place your feet about shoulder width apart.
8. For longer irons and woods, place your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart.

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