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The Basics of Golf

Did you know that... there are 5 "basics" in every good golf stroke? Understand these and YOU will be well on your way to game improvement.

One of the problems with golf is that players routinely do not give enough thought to the actual process of striking the ball.

Striking the ball is the easiest thing to do. Striking it effectively is the hardest!

The solution is of course educating the player so that they have an understanding of WHAT they need to do to produce consistent shots.

In this article I will cover the basis of the golf stroke to give you a better understanding of what MUST happen before, during, and after the stroke.

(A). Three Parts Of A Golf Club

  1. Clubface - controls direction of the golf ball
  2. Clubhead - controls the downward dimension of a good golf stroke
  3. Clubshaft- controls the plane of the golf stroke

(B). Three Major Concepts Of The Golf Stroke

  1. Hinge Action - Clubface - Left Wrist
  2. Centrifugal Force - Clubhead - a rotating body
  3. Inclined Plane - Clubshaft - right forearm

(C). Three Essentials For A Good Golf Stroke

  1. Steady Head - No lateral motion or up and down movement
  2. Balance - self explanatory
  3. Rhythm - the left arm and clubshaft moving at the same RPMs

(D). Three Imperatives Of A Good Golf Stroke

Imperative? What does that mean? It means it is an absolute and if the player does nothing else they MUST obey these three Imperatives.

  1. Flat Left Wrist at Impact - not bent
  2. On Plane Club Shaft - not off
  3. Club Head Lag - not throwaway

(E). The Principle Of The Golf Game

The Line of Compression is the most basic principle of golf that separates good players from poor ones.

The Line of Compressions is: Hitting the ball from the inside of the Target Line to outside the target line with a Flat Left Wrist

(F). Three Dimensions Of The Golf Stroke - (on a slant)

Because we play golf on an Inclined Plane the stroke is three dimensional. If we played on either a Vertical or Horizontal plane it would be only two dimensional.

  1. Downward
  2. Outward
  3. Forward

I've covered the basis of all golf strokes in this article and now here's what YOU can expect.

Learn these "basis", apply them to YOUR game and YOU will see immediate results! In 35 years of teaching golf I can tell you that once a player understands the basis, and then applies them to their game they are "magically" transformed into a player to be reckoned with. I've had 30 handicappers that have improved 15 shots virtually overnight. I've had single digit handicappers lower their scores by 5-7 shots after learning and understanding this basis of golf.

It doesn't matter what level of player you are, YOU WILL IMPROVE!

Anyone can improve with knowledge and understanding and the proper training. Once you get these concepts and apply them to your game YOU will enjoy the game even more.


Chuck Evans, G.S.E.D.

P.S. Visit our website for more information how YOU can become the best player YOU can be.

(c) Copyright 2004 by Chuck Evans

Chuck Evans is one of only 31 Teachers in the world to hold the designation of "Doctorate in Golf Stroke Engineering", he is one of the most highly sought after instructors in the world not only by players but other teachers as well and is known as the Teacher of Teachers!

Chuck has appeared on numerous golf talk shows, written and published instructional articles in local, regional, and national golf publications. His DVD, "60 Days To Game Improvement" has sold in excess of 10,000 copies and his new eBook, "How To Build YOUR Golf Swing" is in the library of amateurs and Teaching Professional alike. He has also appeared as the featured instructor for education classes regarding the golf swing at various PGA Sections and Chapters around the country and has been nominated numerous times for Golf Digest's Top 50 Teachers and Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers.

In addition Chuck has held the positions of Director of Schools for the PGA Tour Golf Academy and the Director of Instruction for the United States Golf Institute.

You can reach Chuck through his Golf Academy in Mesa Arizona by calling 480.862.6544, by email at or through the website

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