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Basic swing

Many golfers learn to play with a single club - often a six or seven iron - and this remains their favourite club throughout their playing years.

If you can play this shot well, you can play any shot well as the short iron swing is the bedrock of all golf.

The only variation between clubs is the ball position and width of stance.

As a rule the higher the club, the narrower the stance and the further back the ball should be in the stance.

STEP ONE

Basic swing

Take an open stance with the ball in the middle with the hands slightly ahead of the ball.

Pick a specific target - for instance don't just aim in the direction of the green, aim for a specific point on the green.

This will help you visualise the shot.

STEP TWO

Basic swing

Swing normally, concentrating on a nice smooth takeaway and a full turn of the shoulders and hips.

STEP THREE

Basic swing

On the downswing make sure your hands remain ahead of the club as you drive your knees, hips and shoulders back towards the ball.

Aim to clip the ball first then the turf as you make contact.

Don't forget to 'hit' the ball.

Attack it as you unleash the power stored in your swing.



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