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Golf Swing Biomechanics - Part 3

"Understanding the biomechanics of the golf swing."

Biomechanics of Golf Swing Overview:

  • Learn what YOUR neutral grip is (Part 1)
  • The CORRECT ball position for every club (Part 2)
  • The CORRECT swing shape (Part 3)
  • How far back YOU can take the club (Part 4)
  • How to play within YOUR style. (Part 5)

You will have many options to choose from and we'll show you how to find the ones that will work for you. Once you have all of your "components" you won't need to experiment any longer!


As you take your grip you must be sure the leading edge of the clubface is square. The leading edge is the edge closest to the ball.

Always set the clubface first, perpendicular to the target line, then set your feet, knees, hips, eyes, and shoulders parallel to the target line.


What is the object of golf?

To get the ball in the hole with the fewest strokes as possible!

To aid in alignment it is imperative that you utilize a procedure called an "Intermediate Target".

The intermediate target is something between the ball and the target. It could be a piece of discolored grass, an edge of a divot, a broken tee, etc.

It should be within your peripheral vision, so that you don't have to lift your head.


Because we play golf on an Inclined Plane this dictates that the club MUST move on an arc. That means the club head is only on the base on the Plane Line approximately 2 inches during the swing!

It also means that the club always moves in 3 dimensions. The Backstroke dimension is backward, upward, and inward all simultaneously and On Plane.

The keyword for Backstroke is "BACK".

The hands and arms control the backward and upward movement of the club.

Therefore, if you did not make a shoulder turn the clubhead WOULD NOT move inside the baseline. The shoulder turn moves the club inward, NOT back and up.

So if the player just turned their shoulders, without any hand or arm movement, then the club would be inside but not back and up.

These two movements MUST work together to achieve the proper sequence.

The trailing forearm moves the club on Plane by "tracing" the Plane.

The bending, and folding of the trailing elbow also raises and lowers the club and cocks and uncocks the target side wrist.

Never raise the arms and club by lifting from the shoulders sockets!

The Downstroke dimension is downward, outward, and forward.

Once the player has reached full extension (follow-through) then the club moves again upward, inward, and backward.

This completes the 3 dimensional swing.

Click Here for Golf Swing Biomechanics - Part 4


Chuck Evans, G.S.E.D.

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About the author: 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. 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.

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