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A Collection of Images from Improving Your Golf Swing In A Day For Dummies

The figures in this gallery are from Improving Your Golf Swing In A Day For Dummies and illustrate different components of the golf swing. The images appear in the order that they appear in the book.


The proper swing pivot point

The fixed point in your golf swing should be in the middle of your chest, and your swing rotates around that point.


Thumb extension

How far you extend your thumb down the shaft determines the length of your swing.


Grip with the fingers

Grip more in the fingers of the left hand than in the palm.


The Vardon grip

In the Vardon grip, the right pinkie overlaps the left index finger.


The interlocking grip

You can grip the club by interlocking the right pinkie and the left index finger.


Aiming the ball

Your feet should be parallel to the target line (left), not aimed at the target (right).


Clock-based stance

At address, position your feet so your left foot points to 10 o’clock and your right foot points at 1 o’clock.


Knee flex

Flex your knees and bend forward until your arms hang vertically.


Ball position

Align the ball with your left armpit when hitting with a driver.


Bottom of the swing

Tee the ball about an inch high for an upward strike with the driver.


Adjusting your stance

Adjust where the ball lies in your stance when you hit with different clubs.


Eyes on the ball

Keep your head steady to keep your eye on the ball.


One-hand-away rule

The butt of every club except the putter should be positioned one hand width away from the inside of your left thigh.


The miniswing

Only your hands, wrists, and forearms move when you practice a miniswing.


Turning your torso

During a proper backswing, you should feel as if you’re turning around the inside of your right leg until your back faces the target.



Unwind your body back to the ball in the proper sequence. An alignment stick can help you turn rather than slide.


The swing plane

Use a series of checkpoints to keep your swing on the correct plane.


Angle at backswing

The top of your swing is controlled by your right arm, which forms a right angle at the top of the swing.


Wrist angle

If your wrist angle changes during your swing, the flight of your ball will be affected.


Setting up to pitch

Making a pitch shot requires a making a partial swing, which is never easy, especially when you’re under pressure.


Adjusting your pitch shot

Accelerate the clubhead smoothly through the ball and build momentum gradually from address.


Picking a spot for a chip shot

Aim so that your chip shot lands about two feet onto the green.


Picking a club for a chip shot

Your club choice depends on how much room you have between your landing point and the hole.


Chipping setup

Chip with your weight on your left side and your hands ahead of the ball.


Flat wrist

Keep the back of your left wrist flat and firm while chipping.


Putting grip

In a conventional putting grip, your hands can work together in one of two ways.


Cross-handed grip

The cross-handed grip keeps the lead hand from bending at the wrist as you hit the ball.


Putting stances

Putting stances vary; the easiest one for beginners to use is a square stance.


Playing the break

Because few greens are flat, a putt may break (or bend) from right to left or left to right.


Feet position while putting

Your feet should be parallel to your putting line, not aimed at the hole.


Putt stance width

Your heels need to be shoulder-width apart at address for a putt.


Finding your eye line

When you putt, your eye line (the direction of your gaze) should be directly over the ball.


Putt speed

Hit your putts hard enough so they stop 14 to 18 inches past the cup.


Correcting a slice

Extra hand action cures the slice.


Correcting a hook

Extra body action straightens your hook.


Correcting hitting from the top

Too much tension in your hands makes you throw the clubhead toward the ball, causing you to hit from the top.


Correcting a too long swing

The right arm in the backswing must stay at 90 degrees (for a right-handed golfer).

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