Developing a good golf swing is a helluva tough chore – at least it was for me. First, you must gather all the material, sift through it, and throw away what’s not good for you. It’s something like making a mulligan stew.

However, there are several fundamentals that are applicable to everyone. These fundamentals are particularly important in developing a swing that repeats. And after all, that is what every golfer should strive for – a swing that will work the same all the time. I think anyone who does not have a physical disability can be a 70s-shooter. But he or she has to want to do it – and must work at it. Here are the fundamentals:

The union of the two hands must be right and constant – or all else is lost.

This is how you stand: right foot straight, left toe pointing out, knees slightly flexed, back straight.

The position of the arms is very important. From the clubhead to the left shoulder, there should be but one hinge – at the hands. With the left arm firm and the right arm loose, you can be assured of always coming back to the ball in the same place. The right elbow points to the body.

The left arm continues to be straight all through the backswing. This permits the clubhead to travel the greatest distance. The right elbow points to the ground at the top of the backswing.

As you swing through the ball the right arm straightens and – most important – the body follows the swing.

I’ve noticed one thing that all good golfers do and all bad golfers do not do: the good ones have their left wrist leading at impact. It seems a small thing, but I’ve found it to be true. At impact, the left wrist of a good golfer is slightly [bowed], while that of a poor golfer is generally concave. Which are you?