Scott Mikkelsen, Pine View Municipal Golf Course’s PGA of Canada head professional, passes along these full swing tips for men and women looking to get into the game and those of us who would do well to get back to basics.
Wrong set-up: Many beginners and recreational players begin with a posture that has roundness in the back and shoulders, too much knee flex and their weight is on their heels.
Right set-up: Stand straight up, then move the tailbone back about four to six inches. This move makes the spine and shoulders flatten out. Flex the knees a bit and put weight slightly toward front of feet.
Wrong way to load: Common faults when setting up are to place too much weight on front foot and to not maintain enough flex in back knee.
Right way to load: When rotating shoulders during backswing, keep most of weight on back leg with knee slightly flexed.
Issues at impact: When about to strike ball, many players have put too much weight on the back foot and this leads to a flipping motion with their hands.
Proper impact: Weight moves toward front foot during downswing, which helps prevent hands from flipping the club.
Wrong finish position fault: Many recreational players and beginners tend to end their swings off balance with their weight on the back foot.
Right finish position: As swing is being completed, all weight transitions to front foot to create proper balance.
For details on lesson packages with Mikkelsen at Pine View call 613.746.4653.