Women & Golf instructor Ryan Fenwick discusses the common faults associated with heavy and thinned shots.

All good coaches will highlight the importance of the set-up position and by getting the basic principles correct, you’ll have more than a 50% chance of making a consistent swing.

Common Faults

If you stand up at the beginning of your swing (lift instead of turn), you will be unable to maintain your posture. 

The effect of a poor backswing will cause a chain reaction and as a result a player will lose height. Just before impact the club will drive towards the ground rather than the target. 

Beyond impact a player will struggle to complete their follow through as the club has hit the ground. This is a very common fault with ladies due to them losing their posture early in the backswing.


To help maintain your posture and a consistent takeaway in your golf swing, try this drill that is a sequence of movements that you should do in stages and not one movement:

  • Begin by holding the club upside down in your right hand (right-handed players). Place your other hand behind your back and set up in an athletic position ready to swing the club. Begin by holding the club in your right hand. Place your other hand behind your back and set up in an athletic position ready to swing the club.

  • Swing the club away by hinging/ bending your arm and wrist until the top of the club is above your head. This will encourage a good body turn when you swing the club normally with two hands.

  • From the top of the swing, make your downswing motion and stop at impact. You should notice a transfer of weight to your forward foot; hands should be slightly ahead of the club.

  • Progress to your full finish position which should be balanced with the majority of your weight on your forward foot.

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