Beginner Golf Swing Tips | Laws, Principles and Preferences for The Golf Swing

In this video I explain the differences between laws that apply to the golf swing, the principles that support those laws and the preferences that make your golf swing uniquely yours.

You don’t need to memorize this stuff but I feel it is important that you understand these key component of the golf swing as they will pop up through out what we teach you moving forward.

An important point I want to make before we get into this stuff is that there is no perfect teaching method or perfect golf swing.

Many teachers teach a singular method and there is nothing wrong with that unless they completely dismiss all other methods. Not every student will respond to a specific method you may want to show them another way for them to swing a golf club.

Moe Norman is a Canadian golfer who played in the 60s and 70s. A few teachers are trying to teach Moe’s swing as the “natural golf swing.” There is nothing natural about Moe’s swing, but with 33 course records, 17 holes in one, and many rounds under 60, obviously Moe has made it work for him.

No other golf professional has adopted Moe’s swing with much success.

It is uniquely Moe’s golf swing.

It would be a shame for someone to get introduced to the game of golf, try to learn the “natural golf swing” and then quit because they couldn’t do it.

Maybe a different method would work for them.

Beginner Golf Swing Tips: The Perfect Golf Swing

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Gary player had a great swing, but even his wasn’t perfect.

The same goes for trying to find a perfect golf swing.

I personally do not believe there is a perfect golf swing in human form.

Iron Byron, the machine that is used to test golf balls, golf shafts and other golf equipment, is probably as close as you’ll get.

Why is that?

Because a machine can repeat the exact same swing over and over. It returns the club face to the exact same impact position every single time.

It is very difficult for a human being to do the exact same thing.

The best that you can hope for is to get as close to as perfect a golf swing as you can for you.

Beginner Golf Swing Tips: Making Laws, Principles and Preferences Work For Your Golf Swing

Let’s address these one at a time.

Laws, such as the law of gravity, are defined as “a statement of an order or relation of phenomena that so far as is known, is invariable under given conditions.”

If you try to defy gravity and jump off a building you will find that the law of gravity applies to everybody and you will come crashing to the ground. The only time that changes is in space.

There are five laws that apply to our golf swing:

  1. Speed
    1. This is the velocity that the club head is traveling. Speed influences the distance the ball will travel.
  2. Centeredness
    1. Centeredness is about finding the “sweet spot” or that perfect contact area in the center of the club face.
  3. Path
    1. This is the path on which the clubhead travels
  4. Face
    1. The club face determines the accuracy of your ball flight. Typically the club face should be at right angles to your club path.
  5. Angle of Approach
    1. the angle of approach influences the balls spin rate and trajectory which influences the distance the ball travels.

As you go through various lessons I want you to recognize these laws because like gravity they cannot be broken.

The slower your clubhead speed, the shorter you will hit the ball…PERIOD!

That’s how laws work.

Where laws are absolute (I don’t want any of you quantum physics geeks emailing me about the possibility of a parallel universe or any of that garbage J), Principles, on the other hand, are somewhat more subjective.

Principles also get divided into two categories; pre-swing and in swing.

A principal will have a primary influence on either distance or direction, and have an effect on one or more of the laws.

I am not going to list all of them here because again, I don’t want anyone trying to memorize this list. As we go through the lessons we’ll identify things as either laws principles or preferences and learn them as we go.

There are approximately 14 main principles, but this list is in no way all-inclusive.

Who knows, one of you may even come up with a new principle!

And when you do shoot me an email!

Beginner Golf Swing Tips: Limitless Preferences

Preferences are really what determines an individual’s style. Preferences as they apply to the golf swing are virtually endless.

Some of you may have your shoulders aimed left of the target and others to the right of the target.

Is your stance open, square or closed?

Where is your ball positioned?

Do you take your club back slow or fast and easier swing plane flat or up right?

These preferences are the choices that you’ll make when it comes to your own golf swing.

So, the laws are fixed, the principles are somewhat limited in the preferences are seemingly endless. There are so many techniques and combinations thereof that can form a solid golf swing.

If you look at Ben Hogan’s grip, stance and swing, they are very different from Lee Trevino’s, but their ball flights are almost identical.

Beginner Golf Swing Tips: Conclusion of Laws, Principles and Preferences

Remember, I’m not asking you to memorize all this stuff immediately. I would rather that we sprinkle it amongst of the lessons and you pick it up along the way. It’s a much easier and more natural way to learn these.

Teaching the golf swing is not pure or exact science.

The golf swing in itself is not pure or exact science.

Even after all these years of the game of golf being played and taught all over the world, no one has been able to find a one size fits all solution.

I encourage you to keep searching for new and better ways to swing your golf club. But while searching, always maintain your own personality and use a method that suits you best.

Stay flexible in your approach and keep experimenting until something clicks and you find yourself playing better golf.

Moving forward we will pick a few of these elements and introduce them to you one or two at a time. Once you master those you can move onto the next.

Your ultimate goal should be to be able to focus on only three things:

  1. Preparing to swing the club
  2. Backswing to the top
  3. Forward swing to the finish

Many beginner golfers step up to the ball with thoughts something like this…

Do I have my grip right…

Am I aimed correctly…

Is my setup correct…

How’s my balance…

Is my swing centered…

Ok, make sure I make a big arc…

How’s my swing plane…

Gotta make sure my timing is correct…

Start with my lower body…

Don’t cast it…

Make sure to come from the inside…

Am I the right distance from the ball…

And on and on and on….

I want you to be able to quiet your mind and focus on making a smooth swing to the finish.

Before you know it you’ll be on auto-pilot and only have to make an adjustment every now and then.

Just take it one step at a time and if things get out of whack get back into the basics as quickly as possible, regroup and start again.

Get more beginner golf swing tips in our next lesson when we will address what most golf professionals agree is one of the single most important principles of the golf swing, and that is the golf grip.

As always my friends…Long and straight!


Paul “The Golf Guy” Charron

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