Golf Swing Setup: How to Setup for a Golf Shot – Golf Lesson by Herman Williams, PGA

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Go to for more details on the golf swing setup and how to setup for a golf shot. This video online golf lesson by Herman Williams, PGA Professional includes tips for getting a fundamental golf swing setup over a golf ball. Key points covered in the video include connection of the lead arm and how it must sit on the chest, proper shoulder alignment to avoid slicing, distance from the ball, posture and ball position. You will see greats like Tiger Woods and Adam Scott employ these same concepts as they setup to the golf ball.

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Adrian Leman says:

Many thanks herman.seen a few pros and none noticed this set up fault in my

sledge1960 says:

Just one thing Herman, ‘Fanny’ means something very different in UK slang.
Something not everyone would appreciate. But a good video nonetheless.

Michael Crosby says:

Thanks Herman. I’ve now been Hermanized so much I’m getting dizzy. Kidding.
Love the video and it’s the only video that talks about the left arm at
address. I was one to where the right arm was over and thus had open
shoulders at address. Thanks again.

TexasTalk1846 says:

Thank you for the video. Very specific on how the body should look and
feel like. I looked at a lot of videos and there not specific, they just
go through the golf swing and posture but do not explain things very well.

Nik Stevlic says:

I just found the tip I needed. Thank you so much

freezeit1 says:

wow! you just corrected a whole pile of wrongs in my address! cant wait
to practice next time 

Sottopar says:

You are a swing genius, period! Still looking for a quick tip to better my
alignment (tend to aim right), but each of your videos always has hidden
pearls here and there. I am glad i ve been Hermanized! 

jibbajabba311 says:

thanks Herman…I had a terrible case of the shanks Saturday….I remember
when I am playing well a connected front arm to the pectoral….I will put
this in my golf notes forever…

Herman Williams Golf says:

Thanks – appreciate you following and commenting. – Herman

Herman Williams Golf says:

Kent – thanks for comment. It’s amazing what a good setup can do for you.
Makes everything else in golf swing easier to do. – Herman

Herman Williams Golf says:

@jpgol1 thanks – hope some of this info helps you guys. Herman

talk2jwu says:

I tried this setup tip this weekend…I ended up a lot of straight iron
shot….got a lot of GIRs…however, I did realize one thing…the butt end
of the club seems to touch the ground “more” when I bended down from my
behind…am I doing something wrong? thx! Herman!

Mox_au says:

My bad, I didn’t see the video before I asked the question 🙂 Thanks again.

Kunal Yadav says:

Hi Herman – I’ve recently started playing (less than two months into it)
and always felt unsure of the distance that should be maintained from the
ball at address – this video nails it!! I’ve been following this during the
last three practice sessions and it has definitely made me feel more
comfortable and confident at address and improved my hits 2x. Please keep
the videos coming. Great job! Thanks.

Herman Williams Golf says:

See my website for online lessons at hermanwilliamsgolf [dot] com

Herman Williams Golf says:

If you are a right-handed golfer, it is more important for the left arm to
be on top of the chest. If you are a slicer or a caster, I generally want
the right elbow “soft” in the setup and mildly tucked in so it appears the
left arm sits farther out in the foreground.

saijinkai says:

Awesome detailed explanation for beginners. And a good reminder for even 11
handicappers like me.

chiboyi says:

i couldn’t agree with you more!! miconceptions kill, i got down to a 1
handicap, the less that i conciously tampered with my swing the better, and
i always used to get that lefy arm on top of the chest, i felt like i was
cheating because it felt like i had already fully turned! i was the example
that herman used, high right arm, open hips… and i could nover quite
figure out how it happened, i just kept fropping the right arm… this is
gold, i wish that i knew this 2 years ago…

talk2jwu says:

yes…you are right…it is the heel (I thought that after I posted it). 🙂
Thank you so much!

kent6608 says:

Just amazing tip with the breast muscle!! Been thinking a lot about that

Gwen Blanchard says:

just started to watch your videos i will try the set up.With your right arm
more on top of your chest will this help to stay more connected in the golf
swing like your style of instruction vic

Herman Williams Golf says:

Left arm is pretty firm, right arm is soft and not so important that it be

Mox_au says:

Hi Herman, great vid as usual. I was just wondering if you could give us
your take on the connection of the upper arms throughout the golf swing and
what you like to teach in relation to this? Thanks in advance 🙂

Herman Williams Golf says:

That’s awesome … way to go. And you were smart to dedicate a week to just
getting accustomed to the feel of it before taking it out to the course.
That’s one of the best ways to achieve mastery vs. mediocrity. – Herman

victorhsu813 says:

I’ve played golf for many years with a tendacy to space. I’ve never hit
below 100 and I decided to change my setup and grip. I followed your setup
and changed to your grip (I’ve always used the interlocking grip). I
basically changed the whole setup of my swing by practicing the setup and
grip in my family room for the past week without hitting a Golf ball.
Today, I played using your setup and grip and I broke 100 for the first
time in my life with straighter and further hits. Thank you.

JDPKM says:

Can I send you a video of my swing as a hit 40+ yard slices.

chiboyi says:

10/10, knowledge is power, o’m so glad that you made this, ernie does it
too, but it’s only clear now that you;ve said it!

Roy K says:

Very good video. Explain very well about the ball position for the iron and
the driver.

Herman Williams Golf says:

@mitch5655 thanks bro

Herman Williams Golf says:

I assume you mean the heel is down and toe slightly up when you sole the
club at address. If that’s it, I would not worry. That position will change
in swing as toe of club will droop down more at impact due to natural
downward bend in shaft.

GolfRight says:

Herman, Great video. Is the left arm soft also ? Is there a right arm
connection ? Thanks

Curtis Walton says:

Another huge tip ..really helps Herman

Herman Williams Golf says:

Yes … it’s a very slight amount though. Don’t overdo it. This slight
forward press of hips helps keep weight distributed evenly … if
everything tilted to the right you would have too much weight behind the
ball starting out.

mitch5655 says:

Nice vid bro

GolfRight says:

Thank you

davd webster says:

Great video, especially the part about the left arm. I was never conscius
of the right shoulder being forward but my setup created many shanks, since
I have seen your tip about the left arm it allows me to have a soft right
arm and keeps my shoulders square, Thank you are the first professional
that has mentioned this, very well explained.

dinorell says:

Very good golf instruction. Could not have explained it better in a book.

jonathan pearce says:

Wow that’s a great video really awesome and so true this how everyone
should teach the beginning golfer even all skill levels ur a great teacher
hope to see u soon

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