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How to Improve Your Golf Swing

Whether you’re looking for golf swing tips for beginners or you’re an established player searching for some golf swing drills to improve your game, you’ll find a lot of information on the Internet. While much of the information that’s available may help, it can be overwhelming to figure out which tips will really improve your golf swing, especially if you’re a new player.

Perfect Golf Swing Tips

Even if you’ve been playing golf for years, it’s generally wise to follow some basic golf swing tips if you’re trying to improve your overall play. Getting too technical or trying to change too much can have an adverse effect on your swing instead of improving it.

Here are some golf swing basics that can be added to any list of tips to improve your swing:


1. Adjust Your Grip

Developing the ideal golf swing technique begins with examining how you hold your golf club. In basic terms, the way you grip your club should mimic how your hands are naturally angled when your arms are hanging loosely by your sides. Grip your club with your lead hand and hold it so your thumb points down and the knuckles on your index and middle fingers are visible.

The V between your thumb and index finger should point toward your back shoulder. Next, put your trailing hand below your lead hand in a neutral position. By holding your club in this manner, you’ll increase the likelihood that you’ll consistently hit the ball with the center of your clubhead.

2. Lock Your Hands
Now that you know how to hold your golf club, you have to figure out how to lock your hands so it’s comfortable for you to swing with accuracy. In general, there are three ways you can lock your hands, including:


  • Vardon Grip: The vardon grip is the most common way golfers choose to lock their hands. To achieve this overlapping grip, simply put the pinkie finger on your trailing hand between your lead hand’s middle and index fingers.

  • Interlocking Grip: This grip tends to be more popular among individuals whose forearms lack a lot of power. To use this grip, curl your trailing hand’s pinkie around your lead hand’s index finger.

  • Ten-Finger Grip: The ten-finger grip often works well for beginners, golfers who experience joint pain and players who have smaller hands. To execute this grip, place your trailing hand’s pinkie next to your lead hand’s index finger.

3. Align Yourself
To make sure you’re aligned properly, envision a set of railroad tracks when you approach the tee. Your body should be on the imaginary track’s inside rail, and your ball should be on the outside rail.

4. Stand Properly
When you’re going to take a swing, make sure your feet are shoulder width apart and your weight is on the balls of your feet. Avoid slouching, flex your knees a bit and bend at your hips.

5. Relax
To develop the perfect golf swing technique, you have to relax. Loosen your grip so you’re holding your club securely, but not squeezing it. Keep your body loose as well.


Remember to Have Fun, Too

At Marin Country Club, we believe you should keep another basic golf swing tip in mind — have fun! When you join our country club, you become a part of a culture that’s built on fun, engaging activities, a beautiful environment and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Call our membership director at 415-382-6712 or send an email at to learn how you can join our fun-loving country club today.