Golf Tips For Producing The Perfect Backswing

backswing golf tips Feb 16, 2019

Proper Golf Stance Produces The Perfect Backswing

Every awesome golf swing you’ve ever admired began with establishing a proper golf stance before ever swinging the club.

Fans and pros alike are captivated by the perfect swings showcased on the PGA Tour, but very few recognize that these results are attainable for many through working on our stances.

After reviewing the actionable golf tips provided in the video above and digesting this article, you too can begin crafting a proper golf stance that achieves winning results on the golf course and the driving range.

Every Golfer Can Improve Their Golf Stance

Often when an individual takes the plunge into the exciting sport of golf, it may be lost upon them exactly how important their golfing stance relates to the end result of their swing.

Even the most novice golfer can make the needed adjustments to their swing setup that will ensure the golf ball travels as they intend, often with only minimal time spent on doing so.

Because players new to golf have yet to develop many of the negative routines that plague a more experienced golfer, establishing a proper stance quickly can be done much easier.

Position Yourself For Power

When establishing your golf stance for the first time, golfers must remember the realities of the sport.

Many first time players take a passive approach to their swing stance, which tends to be a neutral stance, as an individual would assume while using a broom rather than ripping a golf ball down the course.

Forgetting the sheer athleticism needed to perform at our top level when golfing, many novice golfers are simply not mentally preparing for success before they pick up the club.

Without overexertion, players must approach their swing with the intention of utilizing their entire body to send the golf ball sailing.

Now clearly all power found in the perfect swing does not simply generate through having a proper golf stance, but preparing a proper setup beforehand establishes the conditions needed to effectively utilize every other aspect of our bodies during the swing.

Understanding The 3 Postures Most Golfers Develop

The angle of our spine as it relates to the form we take during a golf swing has a strong impact on how well (or bad) the golf ball travels down course.

Golfers are encouraged to always do what comes natural for them and their bodies, thus angling their spines cannot be done in a way that contradicts the other movements in a golf swing.

There are 3 specific forms of postures that golfers assume while setting up their swings: C Posture, S Posture and Neutral Posture.

Golfers that level their hips and round out their backs at address have assumed the C Posture position.

An arched back with hips that exhibit pronounced tilt indicate a golfer with the S Posture set up.

The Neutral Posture typically incorporates elements from both C and S Postures, with golfers straightening their backs and tilting their hips.

Almost all golfers have difficulty assuming the Neutral Posture position when first crafting their initial golf stance.

The best way that golfers can achieve this neutral position comes through practicing exaggerated versions of both the C Posture and S Posture.

Practicing both C and S postures better assists golfers in finding the Neutral Posture that effectively balances the other two.

Create a Golf Stance That Works Naturally For You

Finding the posture that best suits your body will naturally deliver better results, rather than forcing through your golf swing with a posture that makes you uncomfortable.

Depending on your own physical limitations, the postures depicted in the C or S may not work effectively for your strengths and weaknesses as a golfer.

Being mindful of what these limitations are, a golfer can then work between the postures to produce a proper golf stance that creates comfort through their swing while producing the intended results with the golf ball.

Work On Your Setup Constantly

The best way to tell if the posture you exhibit during your swing stance works comes through practicing shots at the driving range or on the golf course.

Putting in the effort to experiment with our swing setups will produce results in the long run, and usually takes little time to achieve.

Powerful Backswing Drills Expand Driving Distance

Often the slower, less glamorous part of our golf swing, the backswing establishes all of the movements that proceed in our downswing, impact onto the ball, and our eventual follow through.

Several adjustments can be made to our backswing that may have either negative or positive impacts on our overall swing, depending on the golfer.

There are multiple absolutes in our backswing set up regarding alignment, swingplane, and how tall we take our swing that must be properly executed in order for the rest of our golf swing to produce the intended results.

Due to an infinite amount of strengths and weaknesses each golfer may have in their body, we will review proven backswing drills that expand driving distance and power for any player able to implement them into their golf swing.

Creating The Perfect Backswing

The heading may be a bit of a flawed statement as the perfect backswing for some players will not be a one size fits all swing for every golfer.

Part of creating the perfect backswing requires experimentation in finding what works best for your play style and body type.

While nearly zero golfers produce an identical backswing to the next, there are undeniable commonalities that make up effective backswings, and those that also can be found in flawed golf swings.

Most golf pros get their club on a level plane with their body weight, seeing the club travel slightly to the right, in what typically consists of a seamless one piece takeaway.

Equally important, golfers naturally hinge their wrists as the club raises higher above their head, with the player actively leveling the golf club’s weight.

Most golfers will take note of the straightness that remains in their left arm with a relative flatness taken in their left wrist, as their right elbow aims downward towards the turf, with nearly all of their weight balanced onto the right side of their body.

The Success Of Our Golf Swing Rests On The Takeaway

One of the most crucial elements of our entire golf swing, a proper takeaway can be the deciding factor in executing a poor or proper shot.

With our upper body acting in unison, our golf club must operate independently, finally striking out as it becomes parallel to our intended target.

Having a flawed golf swing takeaway, which typically results from our club traveling either too far inside or outside, will always require the golfer to make last minute adjustments as the club reaches the top portion of our backswing.

Golfers may notice a slight turn in the wrists towards the right side of their body as their clubhead opens upon, which leads to the sensation of our body weight transferring to our trail leg, allowing our hips to open up as needed.

Players are urged to maintain straightness in their right arm for as long as possible, avoiding any premature folding, which will allow our golf club to remain ahead of our body.

Developing Seamless Transitions For Your Backswing

Crucial to the success of our entire golf swing, the transition between backswing and downswing must be executed correctly in order to maintain constant rhythm during the directional change our swing must adapt.

Many golfers may experience trouble during the transition process, due to their body weight falling outside away from their trail foot, often causing trail arm to falter in similar fashion.

Displacing this weight to the outside of our trail foot forces our transition, making it severely difficult for our lower body to easily adapt the downswing position.

With our trail arm extended behind our backs, producing an effective shot will be nearly impossible.

Creating the perfect transition from backswing to downswing requires proper balance, rhythm and timing in order to produce a complete golf swing free of error.

Many golfers will encounter a level of hesitation at the top of their backswing, it may be longer for some players and can be shorter in others, the amount of time spent in hesitation has little bearing on the end result of the swing.

During hesitation, our body weight and muscles work with the momentum of our swing to produce our desired backswing, unless they’re working in varying directions, in which case a disastrous shot will be the end result.

After we completed the hesitation in our backswing, we begin our smooth transition into our downswing with proper hip rotation.

Acting as the first movement in transition from backswing to downswing, our hip rotation powers our golf swing in creating further distance, allowing our bodies to work as a single unit rather than relying on single parts such as our arms to generate force into the ball.

Wrist Flexion Fix Adds Power To Backswing

Golfers often are confused by the positioning their wrist should take at the top of their backswing.

With conflicting suggestions regarding the positioning, some swear by a cupped position, while other golfers attest to the benefits of a flat wrist, and many will only play with their wrists bowed.

The varying opinions on wrist positioning at the top of the backswing has led many instructors and golf professionals into heated arguments, with the verdict out on which method serves as the absolute best way to flex your wrist at the top of a golf swing.

Much of the discussion focuses on the trail wrist, which serves little to no purpose at the top of the swing, being that the absolute greatest golfers to ever play the sport have little in common when it comes to the positioning of their trail wrist.

Anyone that studies the PGA Tour Pros will recognize many patterns in their golfing techniques that closely resemble each other, but this does not translate to the positioning of the trail wrist at the top of the average professional backswing.

What Are The Benefits Of Hinged Wrists In The Backswing?

Golf instructors typically train their juniors and general golf students to draw the golf club backward through the use of the player’s shoulders and arms, with their wrists hinging organically as the shaft parallels towards the turf.

In this way, golfers are not making a conscious effort to maneuver their wrists into a hinged position, preventing their wrists from stiffening out in the process.

Despite this being the prevailing teaching among most golf coaches, some trainers have begun promoting a wrist hinge method that sees the wrists set in an 90 degree angle between the trail arm and shaft of the golf club, which the golfer holds to the the top of their backswing.

The vast majority of golfers that are practitioners of this method typically position their golf club in a way that allows their hands to maintain a parallel level with their waistline.

Players are also mindful to line up their shaft to the ground, as the toe aims upward into the sky above.

Maintaining a position that restricts the shaft of the golf club to placement below the hands, many golfers will experience stiff wrists.

Conversely, if the club extends upward in excess, the wrists will likely cock up too much, also causing a problem in the backswing.

There’s No Absolutes in Wrist Bend Relating To Our Backswing

While golf has few absolutes regarding the way a player’s wrists, golfers must determine what works for them and the best method to replicate effectiveness in their golf swings.

First, golfers must recognize and understand that the movements in our wrists during every part of our golf swing have a direct impact on whether or not we execute properly.

Lacking well composed flexion in our wrists, especially when executing our swing, will force golfers to compensate in other elements of the swing, ultimately causing a missed shot that lands off target.

Often put on the back burner by many novice golfers and those still honing their skills, the way we move our wrist during our swing lacks in awareness to most players because our eyes do not see this movement while executing a swing.

There are three distinct common positions that our wrists take during a typical golf swing which include cupping, the act of making a cup shape with our forearm and the back of our hand.

Golfers often take the bow position while swinging their golf club, which places the palm folded towards the forearm, causing the wrist to resemble a bow in the process.

The last common wrist position sees the golfer flex side to side, with the back of the wrist remaining flattened while in motion.

Each position has an advantage depending on the golfer, as long as the player remembers to keep their wrist parallel to the angle of their golf club at the top of their backswing.

Taking this parallel position during our swing improves our ability to hit the shot straight while adding distance.

Once we’ve transitioned out of our backswing, our downswing will maintain the same angle in our wrists as previously taken.

The initial positioning that golfers take with their wrists at the top of their backswing allows our hands to come down directly towards the golf ball.

Beyond impact with the golf ball, the player must proceed in releasing their wrists until they end up on the opposite sides of their body.

George’s Backswing Lesson for Better Golf Shots

Golfers are in constant search of ways to improve the consistency of their shots, leading many to look at elements of their backswing that may benefit from improvements in posture and swing composition.

Obvious inconsistencies with golf shots lead many players to deconstruct several elements of their overall golf swing, typically examining their posture, swing path, and the transitions.

Aware of the many issues that cause inconsistent results on the golf course, GG Swingtips Golf’s creator George Gankas has compiled the key elements that create consistent shots for his students.

Focusing our attention on just the core elements of our backswing, George has gathered his most important tips for correcting common swing inconsistencies faced by golfers of all skill sets.

How Shoulder Tilt Affects Our Backswing

Acting as the angle by which our shoulders are measured to an upright stance, our shoulder tilt has a huge influence over the effectiveness of our backswing.

With 36 degrees to the left at the top of our backswing being the typical tilt experienced by most right handed PGA Golf professionals, many high handicap golfers experience a shoulder tilt of 29 degrees to the left in the identical position.

While the difference in degrees for these two positions may seem insignificant mathematically, the effects on a golfer’s ability to strike solid are extremely evident in the inconsistencies the high handicap golfer typically experiences.

Losing stability in your posture during the backswing of your shot will cause clear limitations in your left shoulders ability to turn downward under your head, causing evident complications in your overall golf swing.

Focusing your efforts on getting your shoulder down more towards the ground during your swing will help improve your handicap and overall experience on the golf course.

David Leadbetter and his A Swing Method

As an instructor, George Gankas has been a strong practitioner of Leadbetter’s A Swing method for players he has witnessed marked improvements in applying the system.

David Leadbetter developed his A Swing (or Alternative Swing) in Florida over the course of 10 years at his golf academy.

The swing has been shown to create an energy efficient motion that utilizes only minimal body movement on the part of the golfer, which makes the A Swing much easier to repeat with far less physical toll being placed on the body.

Evident in the several hours of golf lessons that George Gankas has made freely available on YouTube, his teachings strongly follow the A Swing’s emphasis on utilizing the core muscle groups to power our entire golf swing.

During our backswing, this method has been shown to consume 30% less energy, with the center of gravity of the golfer shifting 15% less when compared to traditional golf swings.

One of the crucial benefits of the A Swing method manifests in the 10% increase experienced in our shoulder rotation during the backswing.

Such a pronounced increase in our shoulder rotation assists in producing a professional caliber backswing that ultimately results in better golf shots on a more consistent basis.

Also interesting to note regarding the backswing produced during an A Swing, studies have shown that a golfer’s hands travel 20% less though their golf club sees a 15% increase in distance traveled when compared to more traditional backswings.

The flat upright positioning experienced during the backswing allows the clubhead to remain outside the hand path at the top.

While such positioning may look and feel unconventional to most golfers, the results guarantee that our body and golf club arrive to the top of the backswing simultaneously, preparing the shaft to shallow out while in transition to the downswing phase of the swing.

Building Your Backswing

Following the golf tips described in George’s video will assist golfers of all skill sets in producing an effective backswing that will garner the desired shots on the course.

Tour Caliber Backswing Golf Tips

Warning: We have yet to discover the existence of a perfect backswing for every golfer, every time.

Most golfers will develop a backswing that works best with their play style through time and practice.

Unfortunately, many of these same golfers have little to no clue about how to properly practice their golf swing in relation to their backswing.

George Gankas golf strategies, known around the world as the GG Swing Method, have come to be praised by an entire generation of golfers that have applied the tips and drills to great success in their own game.

Practitioners of the George Gankas golf swing method continue to flood the internet with their own testimonials to the practical value they’ve found through Gankas’ training courses.

Most novice golfers just starting to learn how to swing a club take preference to a flat backswing, with others being more in favor of an upright backswing instead.

Both styles have been proven to be successful for players on the golf course, though neither can be determined better or worse than the other.

While Gankas and many tour pros favor the upright vertical backswing style, George does not instruct players to write off a flatter backswing if they are getting the results they seek through that method of swing.

The attached video clearly illustrates the advantages to an upright vertical backswing, so for the remainder of this article we will focus on the mechanics and techniques behind this style of play.

Building a Vertical Backswing

When players and coaches speak about a vertical backswing, they’re referring to the positioning of our arms and club during the backswing.

Non-vertical swings are referred to as flat backswings, which typically operate by wrapping the club behind their bodies, paralleling the club to the ground at the peak position.

During a vertical backswing, the position of the golf club becomes perpendicular with the ground, as the golfer’s arms rotate upward rather than behind their body.

While there are several more practitioners that swear by a flat backswing, the vertical backswing has been popular in Europe for generations, with many Tour Pros applying such techniques to their swings each weekend.

It has been observed that many players favoring a vertical upright backswing have been playing for a few years and have already mastered the flat backswing method, with very few novice players first mastering the vertical method in the early stages of their training.

Why Players Choose Upright Backswings

Many players have found in practice that an upright backswing favors the muscle groups in their back, causing much less pain and strain in the process.

Because an upright backswing relies little on the contortions in the upper body during our swing, many players see a reduction in pressure being placed on their shoulders, neck and spine.

These are crucial benefits for veteran golfers who may have underlying issues in their muscle groups, which are common with age and time.

Many golfers claim to have noticed a marked improvement in squaring their clubface at impact, finding that their club has traveled on a linear path more so than with flat backswings they’ve used previously in play.

This can be viewed as a major benefit for players that find difficulties with angling their ball in their preferred angles, with a clear reduction in the shifting of their club positioning that can often be found in flatter backswings.

However, vertical backswings are not a cure all for golfers by any stretch of the idea.

Many players will find amazing results through the typical flat backswing motion that remains most popular among modern golfers.

For this reason, we encourage all players to experiment with their own backswing methods through practice drills and then determine which way works best for their style of play.

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