The Long game

Starting with the Basics

The priority of the long game swing is to get your ball in play off the tee and then to progress the ball to the green, without getting into any of the course hazards. 


This course will help you to develop the fundamentals of grip, stance, balance and coordination, to help you develop a great golf swing.



Len Stanley


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Chapter 6 Golf Swing Fundamentals

What You Will Learn

The aim of the course is to help you play your best golf, by helping you become a better and more consistent ball striker.  We do this by providing you with high-quality instructional videos, that cover all aspects of the long game techniques.

Long Game Equipment

In this lesson we will be looking at Long Game Equipment.  So, by the end of the lesson you will have an idea of what equipment you will need to help you to be properly equipped to play a round of golf.

Target Alignment

Good alignment is fundamental to your ability to hit your ball towards your intended target.  So often we see golfers hit fantastic golf shots that have a bad result, because they are not aligned properly.

Stance Posture & Balance

Good stance, posture and balance are essential components of a good and effortlessly powerful golf swing. They form the fundamental basis for the golf swing, without which you are going to be inconsistent at best.

Distance Control

In this lesson we will be looking at shot distance Control.  This will help you hit more fairways and greens and avoid the course hazards.

Long Game Grip

There isn’t a one size fits all grip that works best for everyone.   Your aim is to find out which grip allows you to deliver the club face square at impact, with the most consistency.

Golf Swing Mechanics

If you want to play great golf you need to combine all of the different movements that make up the golf swing.  Your movements need to be precise, coordinated and repeated consistently time after time.

The Takeaway

Good stance, posture, balance and grip are the fundamental to producing a powerful and reliable golf swing. This is true for all golfers regardless of age or sex.  Once these have been adopted you need to begin your swing, by taking your club head away.

Finishing The Backswing

One of the key issues with the backswing is that, there is no correlation between the speed of the backswing and how far you hit the ball.  So, relax take your time and make sure that you go through the correct checkpoints.  This will help to make the transition into the downswing effortless and powerful.

The Impact Zone

The hitting zone starts as the club returns to the takeaway position at the end of the downswing and continues until the club has gone through impact.  The hitting zone continues through impact until the arms are fully extended and the club is in the mirror position to the takeaway, target side.

Wrist Hinge & Lag

Wrist hinge and lag have a direct relationship to club head speed through the hitting zone.  If you can create and release it at the correct points of the golf swing, it will help you maximise club head speed and therefore distance.

Downswing Transition

To become a good consistent ball striker, you need to develop a smooth transition from the end of your backswing into the downswing.  It’s important that you to start the transition into the downswing with the lower body.

The Follow Through

So, far in the course we have looked at what it takes to produce a powerful and reliable golf swing.  If you can get to the end of your golf swing in a stable and balanced position, the chances are that you have got your swing right.

Timing & Coordination

You often here top-class golf coaches talking about powering the golf swing from the ground up.  It does not make sense to most new golfers because, they associate swing speed and power with arm and body rotation not the legs.

Long Game Practice Routine

There are so many ways that you can practice your long game.  Unless you can focus on your real issues within the sessions, in a way that provides instant feedback your practice can become meaningless.

Driver Adjustments

The driver is the longest club in your golf set.  It also has the lowest loft at between 8 and 12 degrees.  With the average driver loft being 10.5 degrees.  These two differences require a change in your set up, to maximise your shot making ability.

Long Game Shot Routine

You need to develop a routine to help you make sure that you select the right shot and club for each shot and execute it as best you can.  After a while your shot routine will become routine and second nature.  This will help you to control your nerves as you concentrate on your process rather than the possible result.

Wrist Hinge & Lag Drill

Developing lag and releasing it through the hitting area, will help you to maximise club head speed and therefore the distance you hit the ball with each club.

Manage your Tee Shot

The aim of the tee shot is to get the ball in play and away from the course hazards, preferably on the fairway or green on a par 3.  This would put you in a good position to then progress your ball down to the green.

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