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The Basic Golf Swing

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2010-10-02 08:27:02     
Article by Bart Renn

The golf swing is a creation of a circle around a fixed point. Like when drawing a circle with a compass the radius will remain the same if the center point is not moved. If the circle is vertical the lowest point is directly below the center point. In the golf circle the lowest point would be the ground.

The following will describe how that circle is altered in the golf swing.

In the design of golf clubs, there is an angle between the shaft and the club head. This is a requirement stated in the rules of golf. There is a tolerance allowed in determining this angle. Because of this angle a true vertical circle is not practical so the circle in golf's basic swing is tilted. The angle of the shaft and the club head determines, but won't change, the tilt of the circle, but, it could determine a players posture. The process of optimizing this criteria is called club fitting. Analyzing that process will be discussed at a different time. For now we will remain with the basic circle.

In the opening paragraph a description of maintaining the radius of the circle was mentioned. What was not mentioned was how this radius is created. The two elements of creating the radius is the club length and the arms of the player. The lead arm, left for right hand players and right arm for left hand players, must remain extended until well after the club head has reached the bottom of the circle in order to maintain the radius. This is relevant both on the back swing and the down swing.

Why the basic golf swing circle changes to an elliptical circle.

The radius of the circle remains constant until a natural cocking of the wrist occurs. The radius is then reduced. This usually happens between the mid- point and the top of the back swing. Because the wrist cock is not released at the beginning of the down swing and elliptical circle will be created. The elliptical circle is maintained in the down swing until centrifugal force and gravity forces the wrists to release. The wrist release will allow the forward arm and the shaft to realign themselves to the original radius throughout the completion of the swing.

In the golf swing slight variances occur, like tilting of the spine which moves the bottom of the circle forward slightly. All the swing consists of is a circle with the head or sternum being the center point.

Bart Renn: author and golf instructor living in Arizona. To check out other golf related articles go to: http://dbart5.blogspot.com/

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