WATCH: Golfer spends 24 seconds perfecting swing before actually hitting ball

Rory McIlroy driver

We all know the benefits to be had from perfecting your golf swing – but we also all know that one person who takes it way too far.


Now we’re fairly certain, fairly, that this particular golfer is just fooling around to prove a point…but the fact we’ve even got a tiny doubt about it tells you that this can be an issue on the course.

It is unclear if he is trying to threaten the ball into submission or is buffering.

Make your technique your own, sure, but maybe don’t do this.

What makes a good golf swing?

A good swing isn’t about aesthetics, but there are observable elements present in the most effective golf swings.

Starting from the top, a good swing should see the golfer’s shoulders tilt from the top.

Most golfers who desire to hit long shots might benefit from adding additional rotation to their swing. It is not enough to just turn your shoulders; you must also pay attention to how they turn. Some players make the mistake of turning their shoulders as if looking behind them. To swing like a pro, tilt your shoulders as you turn them. On a backswing, your left front shoulder should drop to the ground as you turn. Although it may appear you are leaning, practicing in front of a mirror will help you make better turns and generate more club speed.

Moving down to the hips now, these should be shifting slightly towards the target. Your hips should turn diagonally toward the target.

A good swing requires proper swaying posture, and a helpful approach is to move some pressure – but not all – to the rear foot. Some players make the mistake of turning their bodies too far away from the ball. Make your tailbone a reference point. It should move closer to the target as you turn, but don’t let your head slip or go over that back foot.

Hip position can lead to an inaccurate swing. If you cut across the ball, which leads to slicing it may be that you are overly concerned with your upper body and neglect the hips and lower body.

The professionals will tilt their hips toward the target line. It’s nearly a diagonal hip turn as if they’re twisting. The arms and hands will bring the club through after the hips. You can use your belt buckle as a reference point facing the target line at contact, not the ball. The knees should then point directly to the desired line.

Pro tip from Rory McIlroy

“People are always amazed by how far I hit the ball off the tee,” McIlroy says.

“I’m not the biggest guy out here, at 5-feet-10 and 160 pounds, but I’ve always been long for my size. I have a lot of natural speed. In the gym I work mostly on core stability and flexibility, which has helped make me longer. Plus, I like to swing with no fear. I’m a grip-it-and-rip-it guy. I’ve always played that way, and I’ve quickly found that nearly everyone on tour does, too.

“Over the ball, I think about nothing other than the target. I don’t focus on technique. But, under pressure, I do use one simple swing thought: I pick a spot a foot in front of the ball and hit over it — hard. That takes my mind off the outcome of the shot and keeps me in the process.”