This is a process paper which guides a reader through the steps of a golf swing.

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The Golf Swing

The golf swing is a complex and unnatural motion that can only be perfected through practice and drills. The most important thing to remember about a golf swing is that there is no one ideal swing that works for everyone. But by improving key elements of the swing a player can easily advance their game. If a person watched a professional golf tournament, they would see that there are as many different swings as there are players. The proper golf swing can be divided into five segments: the grip, the setup, the placement of the ball, the backswing, and the downswing and follow-through.

To begin executing the proper golf swing, a player must have a good grip. When gripping the club, the player should place the grip in the joints of the left fingers with the thumb pointing down the center or slightly to the right of the shaft.

Then the player should place the pinky of the right hand between the index and middle fingers of the left hand making an interlocking grip. A player must not grip the club too tightly; it will result in a tense swing.

The next step is the setup. This is a make-or-break point for many golfers. A bad setup makes it very difficult to make a good swing. The setup starts at a players feet, and they should be shoulder width apart and have good balance. Then the knees should be slightly bent, along with the upper body, with the back straight. The shoulders should be parallel with the hips and feet, and they should all be pointing at the target.

The third step is the placement of the ball with respect to a player's stance. First, with mid-range irons the player should place the ball in the...