The Simple Golf Swing
Left Handed Golf Swing
Left-handed people go through life struggling against a predominantly right-handed world. Golfers seem to have it toughest when they try to translate standard golfing instructions into a left handed golf swing.
For instance, usually an instructor will say that a golfer who's aligned square to his or her golf ball is aimed to the left. A left-handed golfer, however, will be aimed to the right of their target if they're set up "square" with the ball. How confusing!
Fortunately, when it comes to lining up for a golf swing, it doesn't matter if the golfer is left-handed or right-handed. Square alignment is square, whether left or right. That's why instructors working with left-handed golfers often teach them to think not in terms of "left" or "right," but rather in terms of "leading" and "trailing" when preparing to swing.
Using this concept, a left-handed golfer's "leading" shoulder will be his or her right shoulder, while the "trailing" shoulder is the left. By keeping this mind, lefty golfers can catch on more quickly if an instructor should say "left" when he actually means "leading." For lefties the leading shoulder is always the right one.
Once a left-handed golfer masters this idea, the principles of aligning a left-handed golf swing become the same principles of lining up a right-handed golf swing. The golfer can then follow standard alignment procedures. This involves "sighting" the ball by drawing a mental line between ball and a target farther down the fairway. Then the golfer sets up his or her swing by squaring the club head to an "intermediate target" when addressing the ball. The golfer's feet, hips and shoulders should parallel the line between the ball and the intermediate target, about two feet in front of the tee.
Finally, a left handed golf swing should be on target if the golfer finds he or she is lined up to the right of the ultimate target. That's because golf balls are hit from a side stance, not from behind.
With these tips, a left handed golfer can swing successfully swing for the green.