A golf swing is based on physics and if a golf swing is broken, you have to look to golf swing mechanics to fix it. While the idea behind hitting a ball long and straight seems simple, the mechanics of the swing can seem complex for the beginner. The idea; however is not to complicate it anymore than necessary.
The basic thrust of golf swing mechanics is stand over the ball, draw the club back and over your head, and then bring the club back down in an arc to hit the ball as far as you can off the tee. Some look at it like the face of a clock with the ball sitting at the number six. The club should be drawn in a counter-clockwise circular movement over your shoulder to about the ten and then swung clockwise in the same circular motion until the head of the club arrives back at the number six, striking the ball.
While that sounds easy enough, there are many things that can go wrong during this short process, typically lasting between four and six seconds, depending on the speed of the swing. With the right golf swing mechanics, you can maintain balance during the entire swinging process and keep the club head in the same plane coming down as it was in going up.
Staying on Track With the Ball
What many golfers fail to realize is the swing does not end when the club strikes the ball. The first two or three inches of the ball’s direction will determine its flight path. Failing to utilize the correct golf swing mechanics can have the ball going left or right instead of straight. While termed hitting the ball, in reality, the golf club catches the ball and it rides the club for the first couple of inches, sent on its way, hopefully, down the middle of the fairway.
With bad golf swing mechanics, the tendency is to swing the club to one side or the other at the point of impact, sending the ball into unknown areas. Usually the woods. This is also usually caused by a lack of balance at the point of impact. When addressing the ball, good golf swing mechanics call for your weight to be evenly distributed to both feet.
At the peak of the backswing your 75 percent of your weight should be on the inside of the back foot and on impact, 75 percent of your weight should be on the front foot. At the end of the swing, on follow through, 90 percent of your weight should be on the front foot.