There is a saying in golf that states “it all starts with the correct backswing”, but in reality, it’s not as simple as it sounds. A golf swing is not made up of distinct segments but a single continuous motion with the backswing having a major impact on the overall swing. Stylish, proper golf swings require constant checking and correction of your backswing to make it happen.
Tip 1. The Sway
Swaying occurs when you move your weight excessively to the outside part of the back foot. This results in loss of shot accuracy and consistency. Check your sway by ensuring that your right knee does not fall outside of the right foot’s vertical line during your backswing.
Tip 2. The Flying Elbow
The flying elbow occurs when you aggressively swing the club by excessively raising your right hand. The flying elbow will result in topped or slice shots because the club face is open and face left of your intended target on impact.
The flying elbow indicates the heading of the right elbow during the backswing. Your elbow has the correct heading if directed towards the ground. However, if your right arm is spread out with the elbow pointing to the back, this makes the body rotation harder and you’ll end up swinging just using your arms.
Tip 3. Parallel/Steep Backswing
As you approach the top of the backswing and your left arm is below your shoulder line, you can end up with either a push or a hook shot. You can check this by drawing a line from your left shoulder to your wrist.
Backswing that is parallel to the ground will result in a pull, conversely, a steep backswing will result in a slice. It is important to check these types of swings because they can dictate your shot.