Jerry Newham's 7 Key Golf Swing Stages
by Jerry Newham
There are 7 key stages to the golf swing. Popular golf coach,
and Director of Coaching at The Sussex Golf Academy, Jerry
Address / Setup
Tilt forward from the hips, keeping the back straight and
the chin up. Flex both knees with weight evenly spread between
both feet. Arms hang freely under the chin. Active body, passive
arms and hands.
Left arm and hand swing club back on a slight inside path.
Right arm folds. This will allow backswing position to be
achieved creating width and depth. Shoulders fully turn along
the same hip turn. Both knees stay flexed and poiting to the
front. Toe of club should be pointing to the sky.
Top of Backswing
A correct position is achieved by swinging the left arm and
hand. The right arm is passive but supportive. Shoulders should
be fully turned 90 degrees and hips turned 45 degrees. The
knees stay flexed with weight in the feet. Balance and body
position / height should be maintained. Downward resistance
powers the hands.
The hands initiate the downswing which makes the body respond.
The angle of the backswing is maintained through the downswing,
allowing the club to be released just prior to impact, thus
club head speed is created through the ball.
The club returns square to the target and is now able to extend
forward along the intended line of flight. Note the shoulder
line should be parallel to the club line just as in the setup
but the hip is open. This creates space to allow us to swing
through to our finish.
Ball The weight is transferred to our target side through
the hip and foot action, this allows the arms, hands and club
to be swung through the ball towards our target generating
prolonged contact and most importantly the direction. Note
the head remains still looking at the point where the ball
was to allow backward resistance.
The Follow Through
The follow through tells us what has gone before. If we finish
the swing in the correct position and are poised and balanced
facing the target then we have completed the swing with a
consistent flowing movement which must be repeated until it
About the Author
Jerry Newham is one of Europe's most popular golf coaches.
Thousands of pupils each year take golf lessons at his indoor
golf academy in Sussex, UK in order to learn the ultimate
way to swing. Jerry is also star of the new golf instructional
DVD, The Swingmakers.