We all know the basic golf swing. To make it successful, we have to practice, be consistent and work on timing. These three things are very important, and you can't get any better with practice or a lot of practice.
Your hands need to point in the same direction as your shoulders at the top of your backswing. Make sure you're not swinging around by way of your hips, and don't swing your weight off your front foot. When your arms are extended properly, your hips will open up just enough to allow you to get a nice smooth, proper motion going.
Here's a secret that I'm sure you've been told a thousand times before but can't seem to remember the last time you said to yourself: keep your hips under your shoulders at the top of your backswing. It's very simple. You'll have to forget about anything else and focus on your hips. Your torso stays the same width as it was at the beginning of your backswing.
Right now, think about a ball you see and you're going to swing at. The moment you start swinging away from the ball, the hips go up and down. So, when you're on the golf course, keep that same motion going to the right so you're swinging through the ball as well.
Here's another tip: when you're heading for an inside hit on the golf ball, when you bring the clubface to the outside, make sure your left shoulder is pointing in the same direction as your right shoulder is. It doesn't matter what kind of golf club you use. It doesn't matter how thick the clubface is and if it's a chipping shot or not.
When your hips open up, your golfer’s muscles will automatically go into action to keep your hips closed. In other words, your body is forced to move the right way, and you should have to take a step back and a bit more to get your hips under your shoulders. This can also help you from your inside hits. What this does is help you keep your target firmly between your feet.
Moving into the follow through, I do want to say a word or two about swinging through the ball. How do you do this? You make sure that your golf club face stays parallel to the ground at the top of your backswing. Then, when you start your follow through, your feet, left foot first, point out as you swing up and over your right shoulder and hit the ball between your right hip and left knee.
Remember, it's also important to see that the club head stays parallel to the ground and that you don't get the club too low in your swing. When you reach this position, everything goes into order, and you should feel like the ball has moved far out of your stance.