Beginner’s Guide to Golf Part 3 – Golf Swing Technique and Theory – The Full Swing
In this first part of the technique and theory section we’ll take a look at some theory behind a proper golf swing. I’ll keep it as clear and simple as possible as I’m always stressing that golf isn’t rocket science. There’s already enough resources out there that are over complicating things in my opinion. I will include links and recommend books that will guide beginners to the right direction. But first things first.
The Rules of Golf – The Rules of the Game
You can find the official rules of golf on the website of the R&A, an organisation at The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews which is responsible for the official rules in Europe. You can also check the website of the USGA which is an equal organisation responsible for all things golf in the United States. They provide extended guides with video and graphics to learn everything you ever wanted to know about the rules right on their sites. But you should never forget the most important rule:
“The ball must be played as it lies, except as otherwise provided in the rules.”
If you spent an hour or two to learn the rules you will have a better grasp of the rules of golf than most of the golfers on your local course. Sad, but true.
Where to start?
Hopefully you’ve hit some balls already as suggested in the first part of this guide. Maybe you even took a lesson and are slowly understanding that golf seems to be always harder than it looks. Most golf books are structured in the same way: grip, stance, posture, back swing, down swing and finish. It’s the steps of a normal swing from start to finish. You start with gripping the club, swing it and end with a great finish. But when you want to learn to swing the club properly you have to understand some of the principles behind it.
I think that understanding the basic principles of a proper swing is the best way to learn golf for a beginning player.
They are the best things to focus on if a golfer wants to repeat good shots: