9 Swing Basics In GIF Format\u000ALearn the basics of the golf swing in these photo animations.\u000A• To aim accurately, sole the clubhead behind the ball and point the face at your target, then set your stance perpendicular to the face.\u000A\u000A• With a driver, play the ball just inside your front foot. That, combined with a slight tilting of your upper body away from the target, will promote a high launch.\u000A\u000A• Stay loose by keeping your arms and legs in motion as you stand over the ball. Good drives come when you maximize your freedom of motion.\u000AA good start to the swing is essential. Get it wrong, and everything can go south (apart from the numbers on the scorecard):\u000A\u000A• Start your hands, arms and shoulders back together for maximum efficiency; don\u0027t let your hands take over the swing.\u000A\u000A• When the club reaches parallel to the ground, the clubhead should be in line with or just outside your hands. This means the swing is on plane, setting up solid contact and good direction.\u000A\u000A• Turn your shoulders on the downward angle they were at setup rather than level to the ground. The latter would make your swing too flat and inside.\u000AThe better the backswing, the simpler the move back to the ball. Here\u0027s how to get there:\u000A\u000A• Stay in your address angles. If you lift out of your posture, you have to drop down the same amount before impact, or else risk making poor contact.\u000A\u000A• Keeping the right leg flexed as weight is shifting onto it ensures that the body is coiling and storing energy.\u000A\u000A• If your club reaches parallel to the ground at the top, it should point about at your target. That means your swing has stayed on plane, and you won\u0027t have to make any downswing compensations.\u000AThe return to the ball takes only milliseconds, so make it count:\u000A\u000A• A good indicator of power is when the lower-body turn is leading the upper-body turn. If they unwind together, you leave yards on the table.\u000A\u000A• Keep your right elbow close to your body as the club moves down to make sure the club stays on an inside path to the ball.\u000A\u000A• When you maintain the angle between your left arm and the shaft as you swing down, you have what\u0027s called \u0022clubhead lag.\u0022 The more you lag it, the more acceleration you\u0027ll have at the bottom of the swing.\u000AThe moment of truth! Here\u0027s what to focus on:\u000A\u000A• Good compression of the ball comes from a good weight transfer. Feel as if you\u0027ve shifted all of your weight from your back foot to your front by impact.\u000A\u000A• The clubface should be rotating closed as your right arm extends and starts to roll over the left.\u000A\u000A• Swinging the club out to the ball from the inside will promote an easy, repeatable draw.\u000AWant to look good for the cameras? Try these tips:\u000A\u000A• After impact, your arms should be fully extended toward the target. That\u0027s a sign that you\u0027ve expended all of the energy you created in the backswing.\u000A\u000A• Your weight should be firmly planted onto a stable front leg.\u000A\u000A• Body rotation shouldn\u0027t stop at impact. Your torso should continue turning left even as the ball flies down the fairway.\u000ANo need for anything fancy here. Keep the motion compact and simple:\u000A\u000A• Set up with more of your weight on your front side, with the ball off your back foot. That\u0027ll help you hit down or solid contact.\u000A\u000A• Keep your wrists firm and your hands ahead of the clubhead. Less hand action will make it harder to thin or chunk the shot.\u000A\u000A• A good way to avoid decelerating is to keep your upper body turning through the shot. Your chest should face the target at the finish.\u000ABunkers are intimidating, until you learn how easy this shot can be:\u000A\u000A• The sand is unstable, so build a solid foundation. Take a wide stance, and really dig in your feet.\u000A\u000A• You\u0027re not actually hitting the ball on bunker shots--you\u0027re hitting the sand just behind the ball--so you need to make a big swing back and through.\u000A\u000ATo hit high, soft bunker shots, the clubface has to slide under the ball. To make this happen and avoid digging too deep, sling the clubhead past your hands through impact.\u000APutting with feel won\u0027t happen unless you feel good. Here\u0027s how:\u000A\u000A• Set up with your eyes over the ball and your hands hanging directly under your shoulders. This relieves tension and promotes a repeatable stroke.\u000A\u000A• The putterhead should move pretty much straight-back and straight-through, beginning to move on a slight circular arc only as the stroke gets longer.\u000A\u000A• To avoid any decelerating or over-accelerating during the stroke, focus on swinging the putter at a steady pace and about the same amount on each side of the ball.