When you ask the question, “what are the fundamentals of golf?, you inevitably get some of the following answers. The grip, stance, posture, alignment, tempo, square at impact, etc. These answers are in fact elements of the golf swing. When you take a lesson, these elements will certainly be on the agenda as some of the “basics” you must learn to successfully swing your golf club.
However, the real fundamentals of golf, the things that all the great players do, are the following 3 things:
1. Hit the back of the ball first, creating a divot in front of where the ball was played.
2. Create a consistent ball flight, either right to left or left to right.
3. Hit the ball a sufficient distance to negotiate the golf course when playing from the proper teeing ground for your ability level.
If you can do these things, you can play golf! It doesn’t really matter what you look like as long as you don’t have any of what I call “killer moves” in your swing.
In the book, “The Stack and Tilt Swing”, Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer start out with this position concerning “fundamentals”. There is no standard in any of the variables that are provided to new players as ” THE fundamentals”.
“We believe that a fundamental is something links all the great players together, something that transcends individual setup and swing positions”.
What makes it a fundamental then is not how a great player does it, but that they are able to do the 3 things listed as the “real” fundamentals above.
As a beginner or developing player, you should work on chipping and pitching first until you are able to hit the back of the ball first and strike a correct divot, then develop your unique full swing, built around your ability to consistently strike the ball.
Please practice your chipping and pitching slowly and deliberately!