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A Golf Swing Checklist

Is your golf swing correct? Don't get too hung up here but here are some things to check off to make sure you are hitting the best shot possible.

  1. At address are the hips rocked decidedly forward? YES NO

  2. When the hips are rocked forward does the back knee come in under the head? YES NO

  3. Do the hips and the shoulders stay square even after address the ball and rocking the hips forward?YES NO

  4. Is the thumb and thumb pad of your lead hand firmly against the grip with the butt of the club running up the middle of your palm towards your wrist? YES NO

  5. Does the butt of the club point at the front armpit at address? YES NO

  6. Does the front elbow point towards the target at address and if it bends at all during the swing does it hinge “on-plane”? YES NO

  7. . Does the back elbow point generally downward at address and in the beginning of the backswing.YES NO

  8. At address is there some bend in the back knee? YES NO

  9. At address is most of the weight on the ball of the back foot? YES NO

  10. Is the back foot flared out about 45 degrees at address? YES NO

    This is just some of the things you can learn to do correctly when you learn to Swing Correctly

  11. Does the shaft of the club tilt a good bit toward the target at address with short irons, tilt forward a bit less with mid-irons, barely tilt towards the target with fairway woods and be about straight up or even lean a bit away from the target at address with the driver? YES NO

  12. Does the front leg stay straight during the swing? (Front knee should be straight or bent only slightly at address and should stay firm (doesn’t bend any more) during the swing.) YES NO

  13. Is the back swing begun by turning the upper torso (shoulders) rather than the arms? YES NO

  14. Does the club shaft stay “in line” with the front forearm until the shaft reaches close to horizontal on the back swing? YES NO

  15. Does the chest and shoulder turn sufficiently so the lead arm not cross or cover over the chest in the back swing? YES NO

  16. During the back swing swing does the butt of the club point at the extended target line? YES NO

  17. Is your lead wrist (left wrist for a right handed golfer) flat at the top of your back swing?YES NO

  18. Is the lead arm parallel to the target line at or just before the top of the back swing? YES NO

  19. In the back swing (as well as the downswing) does the back shoulder stay lower than (or at worse equal to) the level of the front shoulder? YES NO

  20. Does the back elbow point downward in the back swing and downswing? YES NO


  22. In the follow through does the club come more “up” than “around? YES NO

    23. In the follow through does the chest finish chest towards the target? YES NO

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