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Since the grip is your only contact with the club it has to be a key fundamental. The goal is for your hands to work together as a team; they should fit together like 2- puzzle pieces. In my grip, I like to feel that my two hands are connected and become one big hand. My grip pressure is secure but not tight. A good grip will help you to square the club face at impact and give you a consistent ball flight.
Make Two-Full Turns
A full turn is critical for creating club head speed in a golf swing. To build this club head speed, your body must turn twice; it must wind-up and then un-wind. This two-turn concept is created by first turning your back to the target on the backswing, then turning again to face the target as you finish the downswing.
Make Two-Weight Shifts
Think of Peyton Manning throwing a 60 yard pass; Roy Halladay throwing a 95 mph fastball; Venus Williams hitting a fore-hand winner, a proper transfer of the weight is essential for producing power. In golf, the first transfer of weight occurs on the back swing and if performed correctly you should feel about 75% of your weight on the inside of the back foot. The second “weight shift” occurs on the downswing and if properly completed you will feel 99% of your body weight over the front foot.
Maintain Spine Angle
This concept is a key thought for all golfers. If your posture is correct at address, your upper body will have a slight tilt leaning towards the ball. The goal is to maintain this exact tilt or spine angle during your back swing and through impact. Keeping the same spine angle through impact almost guarantees solid contact on the center of the club face. Remember, when you hit a ground ball, your not lifting your head, your usually lifting your body.
Finish in Balance
The final key piece of every great golf swing includes a “finish” facing the target in total balance. Setting up with good posture and producing a swing motion with smooth tempo will enable you to attain this final goal. Good balance starts in your feet and works up through your body. All great golfers have a solid foundation and terrific balance. You will never see a touring pro out of balance. To test your balance, I recommend holding the finish position for at least 3 seconds.