The Fundamentals Of A Good Approach Shot: The Swing

The Right Way To Swing

Swinging the best shot makes way for an easier game. An excellent swing will turn the approach shots shorter, so you get to hit the green consistently. This also opens up more birdie putt opportunities. However, while it is loads of fun blasting the ball, you need to adhere to a particular routine, while swinging your club otherwise hitting the green on the second shot would be futile. Here are some approach-shot fundamentals that keep you in best hitting form always.


To know about set up, you should understand what a good set up is. Your feet should be strongly grounded while you make the backswing, and during the downswing, they should roll. Back should be straight but not too rigid. It should tilt at the hip (and not waist), towards the ball while swinging and should remain so until impact. The body weight should be evenly balanced over your feet, and hands should be in front or above the ball and not behind.

Positioning the ball

This is an often-overlooked part of swing setup. You should place the ball between your sternum and left armpit always and avoid keeping it too back from the sternum or too forward from the left armpit. To ensure the ball is placed right, drop it from your sternal region, while you take your regular stance on the ball. Now note the spot it hits. If it is front of your addressed ball, it indicates you are placing the ball a bit too far backwards.

Club shaft direction

The club should be facing the target when you finish the backswing. Extend the left arm fully to increase your swing’s arc and add more force to the swing. But, ensure the left arm is relaxed and firm and the right arm away from the body with the right elbow pointing at the ground during top backswing.

Downswing matters

During the downswing, keep the right forearm at a lower level than the left arm at impact. This gives a perfect swing path that is within the target line. Club head should also contact the ball sooner for a faster release.

Club head position

The club should be thrown away from you and not steered to hit the ball effectively. This ensures a closed clubface on impact without the need for any added effort. Ensure the wrist hinge is at 90 degrees, when you start moving your arms down to get a better hit.