What Differentiates A Beginners Golf Swing From A Professional One?

  Anita Bast Cook   May 03, 2016   Blog   Comments Off on What Differentiates A Beginners Golf Swing From A Professional One?

Beginner golfers are always seeking new methods to improve golf swing mechanics instead of perfecting their perfect golf swing technique while professional golfers have already grasped the correct approach for an effective golf swing which keeps improving in the act of practicing golf swing flexibility. The swing accuracy and technique of every golfer is different compared to others, but there are some major differences noticed between a beginner’s golf swing and a professional. One of the toughest milestones to achieve as a beginner golfer is a consistent golf swing and most are still hunting online for golf swing improvement tips instead of heading to their local professional for some individual coaching.

These differences are considered general trends which any golfer can identify and groom himself/herself from an inconsistent golf swing to a polished one.

Body Alignment and Address Setup

As an amateur, a golfer will play the golf ball closer to the foot in front as compared to the other foot, about nearly a ball length or two in spitting distance than a professional golfer. Also, a beginner would be unable to address the golf ball fairly because he is expected to open his left shoulder to address the ball. On the other hand, a professional golfer’s address setup is more defined and his body alignment is parallel to the golf ball placed in line. By playing the ball positioned exactly midway between the feet, and facing the target with his left shoulder posture and the foot in the same position as the left shoulder, a professional golfer’s correct address setup for a perfect golf swing.


The position you achieve at a backswing lays the foundation for your downswing and the motion of the club towards the ball. So, it’s necessary to combine proper control with consistency during a backswing. An amateur golfer initiates the first golf swing with his hands as well as arms. As a beginner, he is familiar with the concept of turning the hips to the right while beginning the swing, but it is extremely likely that he might make a strong and fast backswing causing an overwhelming swing shot. Professional golfers’ golf swing is more particular as they begin the swing by turning their hips towards the right, following their hands and arms after in the swing. Professional golfers place most emphasis on the movement of the hips during a golf swing as it’s the most important aspect behind it.



A beginner’s downswing is initiated with the left side plunging into the golf ball which will lead to a swaying motion that is the ingredient for an incomplete golf swing. Such a downswing is extremely popular amongst beginners as they are unable to create a rhythmic swing to finish or complete the entire golf swing, instead with their incorrect posture, it leads to a swaying motion which prevents a full swing shot. On the other hand, a professional’s downswing again places emphasis on the movement of the hips during a golf swing as they turn to the left-side leaping into the golf ball for the left-side to encounter the ball accurately. In complete handle of his left-side during the downswing to initiate the pass resulting in a smooth, rhythmic and a perfect golf swing.

Golf Slice

A beginner golfer curves the ball towards the right side after encounter. They do this by not keeping their head down with the spine in the same alignment and not tucking their right arm up close to their body during the downswing. This way the golfer is commencing a more outside to inside swing motion, which prevents the golfer from completing the swing. Professional golfers address the golf ball by initiating their downswing with their right-arm tucked close to their body to maintain a proper stance for an inside to outside motion. They also keep their head down and focused with their spine in the same alignment to swing through the ball correctly.

Swing Speed

This is the release part of your golf swing and it is one of the most important components also known as the “hitting zone”. The release of the club befittingly lays out the foundation for your swing speed and accuracy as it adds power to your golf swing and ends it as a perfect golf shot. A professional golfer will make sure to not bend his left arm and keep it straight along with a locked left elbow to encounter with the ball. Bending your elbow during the release of the club can destroy your golf swing accuracy and golf swing distance. On the other hand, a beginner golfer may lack direction and a poor ball flight by unloading his wrist and bending the left elbow allowing it to fly freely while making contact with the ball. This results in the motion of a golf ball that hooks towards the left side.

Another distinction between a beginner and professional golfer is when golfers swing their release by unhinging the right wrist to improve golf swing speed and ensure that the club remains on the plane during the follow-through. Professional golfers adopt this technique by unhinging their wrist just as their hand reaches their right knee, and at the time that they are in full control of the hitting zone, they knuckle under their right wrist through impact and push the club-head downwards to the target line. Beginner golfers are usually plagued by a wrong stance trying to achieve this swing.

Finishing the Shot

Beginner golfers are often finishing the golf swing by deviating their attention and ultimately body posture after making contact with the ball to closely scrutinize their shots. They are unable to complete a perfect golf swing as their hands and arms are not at shoulder level because they’ve raised their heads to have a peek at the shot they thought they perfected. Professional golfers are fully aware of this mistake and correct their finishing by keeping their arms and hands at the same shoulder-level and head towards the target and with the hands high during making contact with the ball rather than raising their heads to pay tribute to their shot.

There’s no need to stay a beginner, head to your local professional, invest in some lessons and see the benefits. To really make the most of them, pick up a GSRN Timing Improver and use it daily in your office, practicing the techniques you’ve learned. This way, you’ll progress incredibly quickly, moving into the dubious position of ‘hacker’… However, should you keep practicing, you’ll be confidently playing competition in no time!


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