Set Up a Golf Swing in 4 Easy Steps

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How to set up a beginning golf swing from champion golfer and author Tom Watson's book The Timeless SwingNew to the game of golf? Try this easy 1-2-3-4 approach from champion pro golfer Tom Watson’s The Timeless Swing, with Nick Seitz.

1. Stand up straight, with your feet shoulder-width apart. Your feet are slightly open, the left toe a little more open than the right. That’s so you can turn your lower body more easily through impact. Your right shoulder is slightly lower than your left, making it easier to grip the club.

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2. Bend from the waist to form a straight spine angle that you want to keep throughout the swing. No slumping in the back!

3. Flex your knees slightly, and kick your right knee in toward your left knee to help brace on the inside of your right foot on the backswing.

4. Now stick your rear end out, until you feel a little tension in the small of your back. You’re counterbalancing your top half being bent over.

I see too many people with their rear ends tucked in and their shoulders slumped. Make sure your rear end sticks out and your back is straight.

Your neck is an extension of your spine. Keep your chin up and your spine angle straight. Don’t let your head slump, or you’ll restrict your backswing.

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