Building a Golf Swing in 5 Simple Steps with Gale Peterson
Gale Peterson has a very extensive resume in the golfing world. Throughout her career, Peterson has earned high honors in the golf teaching business, teaching some high profile athletes. LPGA National Teacher of the Year, Golf Digest’s Top 50 Women Teachers, Black Ink Top 10 Golf Teachers, and from 2002-2012, America’s Top 50 Teachers, are just some accolades she has received over the years. Golf Life had the opportunity to work with her, and since then Gale Peterson and the “5 Simple Steps to a Great Golf Swing” has been one of our highest viewed videos on YouTube (2.5 million). She has mastered her craft and has created some great golf tips to help your game.
The golf swing can be a difficult thing to teach, but Gale has developed a technique allowing golfers to build their swing from the ground up. She does this in 5 simple steps that help you understand what a good golf swing should look like.
STEP 1: Starting with a lofted club (PW, 9-iron, or 8-iron) all you need to do is take the club back to 90* with minimal wrist-cock. From there, all you have to do is drag the handle of the club past the ball so that, at impact, our shaft is in front of our body and finishing with a low club head. This will encourage us to swing down at the ball creating a very high smash factor rating.
STEP 2: Now we will add some bend in our left wrist while the right arm actually hinges creating a nice right angle between your shaft and your left arm. This allows us to develop power, driving the ball down the course.
STEP 3: The third step is the shoulder turn. That shoulder turn should load your weight on the inside of your left foot. This should allow for your club to stay inside the golf ball on the way back down to impact.
STEP 4: On the follow through, your arms are going to rotate and the club is going to re-hinge.
STEP 5: Complete the full swing with a body release through your target. If you can master the release of the body, the “scoop and flip” in a golf swing will be eliminated.
The golf swing can be as difficult or as easy as you make it. By following these 5 simple steps, you will have a more consistent and powerful golf swing. But, it is not something you can master in one day. Practice, practice and more practice will only make you a better golfer. A very important lesson here is to work from the ground up. In order for you to be successful, you have to go through the stages and master each step before going to the next one.
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