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How can you develop a perfect golf swing?

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A perfect golf swing requires a smooth transition from your initial setup through your finish. Practicing these mechanics regularly helps develop a perfect golf swing.

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  1. Grip the club correctly

    Place the club on the ground with the club face square to the target. Align the back of your left hand so that it faces the target, then close your hand around the shaft with your thumb on top of the grip. Rotate your left hand slightly so your thumb is just the right of center on the grip. Next, align the palm of your right hand so that it faces the target. Complete the grip by placing the right hand onto the left, interlocking the index finger on your left hand with the little finger of your right hand. The right thumb should lie diagonally across the shaft. For a left-handed golfer, the right hand is the top hand.

  2. Address the ball

    The inside of your feet should be aligned with the outside of your shoulders. Make sure your body is aligned with your target. Practice this by placing a club on the ground pointed at your target, then line up your feet with the shaft of the club. Bend at the knees in an athletic stance, and extend your arms so the club face is behind the ball. Do not bend at the back to reach the ball. If you have to bend your arms, you are standing too close. If you have to reach, you are standing too far away. For fairway woods, align the ball further toward your front foot. For irons, align the ball more in the center of your stance.

  3. Start your backswing

    With your arms forming a "V" shape, begin your back swing by rotating at the hips, leaving your arms in the "V" shape until your body naturally forces the back elbow to bend. Keep the front arm as straight as possible as you bring the club behind your head. At the top of your backswing, the shaft of the club should be parallel to the ground. Keep your wrists straight during the entire swing.

  4. Hit the ball

    From the top of your backswing, bring the club back to the ball following the same path as your backswing. Rotate your hips and knees to help accelerate the arms through contact. Keep your head still to ensure you do not lose sight of the ball. If you are using a driver, make contact with the ball on a slight upswing. For all other clubs, focus on hitting down on the ball. With fairway woods, create a slight divot in front of the ball while with irons, take a deeper divot in front of the ball.

  5. Complete your swing

    After contact, continue to swing the club forward over your front shoulder in one continuous motion. The club is pointing at your target. Failing to follow through reduces the power of your shot, as well as the accuracy.

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