Golf for Beginners: 5 Basic Body Actions

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, January 27th, 2018


Almost anyone can learn to play an enjoyable game of golf,
regardless of your age or natural abilities. I have worked over the
years with many golfers that have Physical Disabilities. These players
have not allowed unfortunate limitations to hinder continued emjoyment
of golf. In fact, many are fundamentally better than their healthy
counterparts because they are forced to utilize sound mechanics which
prove that golf can make the playing field more equal for everyone.
Through these articles you will see how I am going to dispel many
myths that are prevalent in the world wide golfing community, such as
“Keep your eye on the ball”. I teach blind golfers to play, so that
throws this theory out the window.
Golf is a Billion Dollar Industry of misinformation! I am not
going to try to re-invent the wheel – only act as a guide to help sort
out fact versus fiction when it comes to what really goes on in the
golf swing and the game.
So if you want to learn to play golf, you CAN. Now let’s move on
to “lesson one”, and how I approach golfers who are new to the sport.
The first lesson with a pupil is…they show me, I show them.
Then, without showing or telling anything at all, I have them swing
the club the best they can. Then they explain to me what it takes to
hit the ball. This gives me an idea of what natural ability they
possess, as well as how to approach them mentally based on their
verbal descriptions.
After the new golfer has made some swings we have talked briefly
about whatever they have been exposed to up to this point. In
learning, I have them sit back and watch, and listen, as I explain and
demonstrate the five basic body actions necessary to achieve maximum
results in attaining their golfing goals of “playing well in a
relatively short period of time which will require minimum amounts of
The “Five Basic Body Actions” are:
1. Foot Action
2. Leg & Knee Action
3. Hip & Shoulder Action
4. Arm Action
5. Hand & Wrist Action. Other than your head, this incorporates your
entire body.
We will start the process of how to start your swing from the
“Ground Up instead of the Hands Down” using this “Five basic actions
dynamic domino effect” – which creates the proper chain reaction
necessary to becoming a solid golfer for a lifetime.
In Lesson #1 I demonstrate the first action we will talk about.
Foot Action is instrumental because even though your hands are the
only connection with the club, your feet are the only contact with the
ground. When you build a house you need a solid foundation. Not to
diminish the overall importance of the hands which we will talk about
later in great detail, but the feet don’t feel the anxiety or
nervousness that we apply to the hands by gripping tighter under
pressure. In addressing the ball, there is a best stance for every
shot in golf, and the stance may vary for different players.
There are three types of stances in golf: Square, Closed, and
Open. The Square stance is that in which both feet are equally
distanced from the line of flight which is the imaginary line between
the ball and the target. This is your basic standard stance which is
recommended for overall compactness and control.
The Closed stance has left foot nearer than the right foot to the
line of flight. This stance is assumed when desiring to draw or hook
the ball.
The Open stance has the left foot drawn back farther away from
the line of flight than the right foot. This stance is best utilized
to fade or slice the ball to the right of your intended target.
In addressing the ball, the heels should be placed at
approximately the width of the shoulders. The weight should be
distributed evenly from the ball to the heel of the feet.
Now as you start the swing, the feeling you want to achieve is by
rolling the inside of your left foot over to the inside of your right
foot which is braced. This movement is minimal, yet very important as
it will initiate the cycle of establishing the proper reaction in the
swing with the correct sequences…. as you will see.
Next lesson: Leg & Knee Action.


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