10 Basic Golf Swing Tips | National Golf Club of Louisiana

In a world where the golf swing has been dissected by countless experts, there’s no shortage of advice. But here, we’re not just parroting the conventional wisdom. No, we’re diving deep into the practical and often overlooked facets of the golf swing that can make or break your game. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill tips; they are the hard-earned insights from someone who’s grappled with the complexities of golfing techniques and come out on the other side. So grab your clubs, it’s time to rewrite your golf story.

Learn Basic Golf Swing Tips & Techniques for Beginners

By reading this article, you will learn: – How to keep your grip in check, ensuring a solid hold on the club. – The importance of getting your posture, alignment, and weight transfer right for a successful swing. – Tips for improving your backswing, downswing, and achieving a square clubface impact.

a man hitting a golf ball with his club

1. Keep your grip in check

Forget what you’ve heard about a “universal” grip. The truth is, your grip is as unique as your signature. It’s the intimate handshake between you and your club, and it needs to be just right. I remember the first time I adjusted my grip under the watchful eye of a seasoned pro. It felt strange, like writing with my non-dominant hand, but the results spoke volumes.

Insider Tip: Grip the club with confident intention, not with a death grip. The pressure should be firm yet forgiving think of holding a tube of toothpaste without squeezing any out. Ensure that the “V” formed by your thumb and forefinger points towards your right shoulder (for right-handed golfers).

2. Get your posture right

Posture isn’t just for ballerinas; it’s the foundation of a solid golf swing. Slouch, and you’ll rob yourself of power and precision. Stand too stiff, and you’ll be as dynamic as a statue. Picture the time I tweaked my stance ever so slightly and suddenly, the ball flight transformed.

Insider Tip: Imagine a string pulling you up from the crown of your head. Bend slightly at the hips, not the waist, and flex your knees just enough to unlock athletic potential. Your arms should hang naturally, creating a comfortable distance from the ball.

3. Align your body properly

Alignment is the silent saboteur of the golf game. You can have the swing of a champion, but if you’re aiming at the wrong target, what’s the point? Misalignment is like sending a well-crafted text to the wrong person embarrassing and ineffective. I’ve stood behind my ball, picked out a target, and still sliced it into the woods. Why? Because my feet were deceitfully pointing elsewhere.

Insider Tip: Lay a club on the ground, parallel to your target line, to guide your feet. Your shoulders, hips, and knees should follow suit. Think of your body as a set of train tracks, with the ball on one rail and your target on the other.

4. Perfect your backswing

A backswing is not just a motion; it’s a ritual. It sets the tempo and the tone. Rush it, and you’ll unsettle the delicate rhythm. Too slow, and you’ll sap the energy. I’ve found that visualizing my backswing as a coiled spring, gathering potential energy, has done wonders for my power.

Insider Tip: Keep it smooth and unhurried. The club should feel like it’s sweeping up and around, not being lifted directly. Focus on turning your shoulders while keeping your lower body stable. This separation is the key to kinetic magic.

a man holding a golf club over his head

5. Nail your downswing

Ah, the downswing the moment of truth. It’s where good intentions often go to die. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The downswing should feel like a natural response to the backswing, a release of the energy you’ve built up. I’ve whiffed more times than I care to admit by getting ahead of myself here.

Insider Tip: Start with your hips, not your hands. The downswing begins from the ground up; your hips lead the charge, pulling your torso, arms, and finally the club through to impact. This sequence is what the pros mean by “staying connected.”

6. Get your weight transfer right

The flow of weight in your swing is like the ebb and flow of tides, dictated by the moon’s pull. If you resist it, you’ll find yourself stranded on the beach. If you harness it, you’ll ride the waves to glory. I’ve hit balls that felt like I was swinging through mud because my weight was stuck on my back foot.

Insider Tip: As you reach the top of your backswing, your weight should be primarily on your back foot. Then, as you initiate the downswing, shift it smoothly to your front foot. Imagine squashing a bug under your lead foot as you come through.

7. Hit the ball with a square clubface

The square clubface at impact is the Holy Grail of golf shots. It’s what separates the weekend warriors from the green-jacket contenders. A millimeter off, and you’re in the bunker. Get it right, and you’re pin-seeking. I’ve cursed the golf gods countless times for my errant shots, only to realize that my clubface was as open as a 24-hour diner.

Insider Tip: Work on the consistency of your grip and swing path. A neutral grip and a swing path that travels down the target line will naturally promote a square clubface. Use training aids if necessary to ingrain the feeling.

8. Finish with good balance

A well-balanced finish is the exclamation point at the end of your swing sentence. It’s proof that everything that came before was in harmony. Lose your balance, and it’s like tripping on the last step of a staircase all grace is lost. I’ve finished on my toes, my heels, and once, embarrassingly, on my rear. Balance was the lesson I needed to learn.

Insider Tip: Your finish should be poised and controlled, with your weight fully transferred to your lead leg. The belt buckle should point to the target, and you should be able to comfortably hold the position until the ball lands.

Real-Life Example: The Importance of Proper Posture

As a beginner golfer, I struggled with maintaining the correct posture during my swing. I often found myself hunching over the ball, which affected the power and accuracy of my shots. It wasn’t until I took a lesson with a golf pro that I realized the importance of proper posture.

Finding the Right Balance

During the lesson, the instructor emphasized the need to bend from the hips and maintain a straight back. He demonstrated the difference in my swing when I adjusted my posture, and I was amazed at how much more consistent my shots became.

The Impact on Performance

By focusing on my posture, I was able to make better contact with the ball and achieve greater distance. Additionally, my shots were more accurate, leading to lower scores on the course.


Mastering the correct posture not only improved my swing but also boosted my confidence on the golf course. It’s a fundamental aspect that beginners should prioritize to avoid common mistakes and elevate their game.

9. Learn to chip and pitch

Chipping and pitching are the Swiss Army knives of your golf game. They’re the tools you need when you’re close to the green but not quite on it. They’re about finesse, not power. I’ve stubbed chips and bladed pitches, but when I learned to let the club do the work, those shots became my secret weapons.

Insider Tip: Keep your wrists firm and use your shoulders to control the swing. For chipping, the ball should be back in your stance; for pitching, it’s more centered. Practice both shots until they feel as natural as breathing.

10. Practice putting

Putting is where the game is won or lost. It’s the final duel, the last hurdle. Ignore putting at your peril. I’ve watched in horror as my seemingly simple putts took detours around the hole. But with focused practice, I learned that putting is less about the stroke and more about reading greens and controlling pace.

Insider Tip: Don’t just practice from three feet. Putt from different distances and slopes. Focus on the speed of your putts as much as the line. And remember, confidence is king in putting.


These 10 golf swing tips aren’t revolutionary, but they are transformative when applied with intention and practice. I’ve bared my golfing soul to you, not to relive my past frustrations but to help you carve a smoother path down the fairway. Visit the National Golf Club of Louisiana Instructors for personalized instruction that can take these tips and tailor them to your game.

Remember, golf is a journey, not a destination. Take these tips, hit the links, and write your own story of fairways, greens, and the occasional bunker. Swing with purpose, play with passion, and above all, enjoy the walk.

Questions and Answers

Q. Who can benefit from learning golfing techniques?

A. Golfing techniques can benefit anyone looking to improve their game, from beginners to experienced players.

Q. What are some essential golfing techniques to learn?

A. Essential golfing techniques include proper grip, stance, swing mechanics, and short game skills like putting and chipping.

Q. How can I improve my golfing techniques?

A. You can improve your golfing techniques by taking lessons from a professional instructor, practicing regularly, and getting feedback on your game.

Q. What if I don’t have time to practice golfing techniques?

A. Even practicing for just a few minutes a day can make a difference in improving your golfing techniques. It’s all about consistency.

Q. What are some common mistakes to avoid in golfing techniques?

A. Common mistakes to avoid in golfing techniques include over-swinging, poor alignment, improper grip, and neglecting the short game.

Q. How can I stay motivated to work on my golfing techniques?

A. Set specific goals for improving your golfing techniques, track your progress, and celebrate small victories to stay motivated in your practice.