“Fundamentals are really basic building blocks or principles that make everything work. I don’t care what you are doing or what you are trying to accomplish; you can’t skip fundamentals if you want to be the best”-Michael Jordan
Basic Pre Swing Fundamentals
Grip – Assuring the club face is square by holding it in front of you, the handle should be primarily in the fingers of both hands. For a neutral grip, the v formed by thumb and index finger of both hands should be pointed towards the right shoulder. The handle should be secure in your fingers but there should be little or no tension in arms and shoulders. You must be able to feel the club head as you settle it behind the ball and throughout the swing.
Body Alignment- For a square alignment the feet, thighs, hips, arms and shoulders should be parallel left of aim line.
Stance and Posture- Assume your stance with your feet underneath your hips. If stance width is too wide it will restrict your ability to use your pelvis and core efficiently. Knees will flex slightly and as you are bending forward bump,your pelvis back slightly. Try to maintain an athletic, relaxed attitude. Remember: tension is the enemy of any golf swing. You should feel evenly balanced with your weight on the balls of your feet and braced so if someone were to give you a gentle bump you would be ready. Allow your arms to hang naturally from your shoulders. The hands should be below your chin as you are looking down. If your posture is correct the butt end of the grip will point at your belt line or just above at address with space between hand and thighs to swing.
Ball Position- For stock shots the ball should be played center of stance to target side ear for all irons and hybrids. For fairway and driver position ball, it should be just inside lead foot. Wedges can be played center to slightly back on depending on preferred trajectory.
Practice when you can and enjoy the challenge of the game!