Below are the 10 positions of the golf swing. These positions are an important way to communicate things between an instructor and a student because they give us a "language" to speak with.
The 10 Positions of the Golf Swing
Your address position is one of the most crucial parts of the golf swing.
Jack Nicklaus preaches the importance of a good setup:
Every time I hurry my setup, my subconscious rears up and beats me around the ears.
The most important factor in achieving an on-plane golf swing is your takeaway.
Sure, you can "re-route" your swing at the top, but for most golfers, getting the takeaway right is one of the most beneficial aspects of the swing to practice.
Mid Backswing (P3)
The mid-backswing is a "checkpoint". If you've rotated your body in the correct sequence and nailed the takeaway, it's smooth-sailing from here.
Top of Swing (P4)
You're locked and loaded. Getting to a powerful top-of-swing position is critical to hitting the ball 300 yards down the middle.
The Transition (P5)
The transition of motion from backswing to downswing is CRITICAL.
This is where most golfers fail and you must learn this move correctly.
Pre Impact (P6)
The importance of the pre-impact position is mainly for video analysis. Your position here indicates how successful the prior parts of your swing were.
Impact is the moment of truth for us golfers. If the clubface and club path don't match up, that ball is going to no-mans land.
Your release matters a lot more than you think. There are several types of releases that promote different shot outcomes, so nailing this is super important.
Follow through (P9)
Believe it or not, the follow-through is an important factor in determining swing speed and therefore, how far you hit the ball.
Hold that finish! While you can get away with all sorts of finishes, a balanced finish position is a sign of a sound golf swing.
How to practice the positions of the golf swing
There is a huge difference between practicing your golf swing and practicing golf.
Practicing your swing requires video analysis and repetition. For that reason, my absolute favorite way to do "position work" on my swing is either at the range or using a golf net like the SigPro below.
You can also find some of my posts where I talk about more effective practice below.