The Positions of the Golf Swing (P Classification system)

Posted By: The DIY Golfer Published: 03/10/2022 Times Read: 287 Comments: 0

The P System takes the aesthetics of the golf swing and breaks it down into positions.  Being able to recognize a certain form and it's affects on your ball flight will lead to improvement.  In this section I will explain the best match ups at each position.  Below is an example of some of the P System Matchups. It is not the model, it's just a reference for the classifications.

P1 Address:

  • Down the Line
  • Belt Line Level Arms hanging
  • Spine Inclination


  • Clubhead in line with hands hiding the shaft when it's on plane parallel to the ground.
  • Left shoulder has started to work down to turn on the inclination of the spine at address.


  • Left arm parallel to the ground angled inward.
  • Left knee is just starting to extend.
  • Club shaft points between ball line and stance line.

P4- Top of Swing:  

  • Belt line and chest rotated on spine inclination
  • Left arm across chest
  • Right knee straightening 

P5- Downswing (a):

  • Left arm parallel to the Ground on the Downswing
  • Right Knee regains flex as the body rotates.
  • Shaft moves down from shoulder to bicep as it shallows.
  • Shaft also starts to point outside ball line as it lays down.

P6-Downswing (b):

  • Shaft Parallel to the Ground on the Downswing.
  • Clubhead blur is in line with hands indicating a close to 0 path at this point.
  • Chest and belt buckle parallel to toes showing rotation of body.


  • Belt Buckle and Shirt Buttons rotating toward target, right elbow bent, shaft in line with right forearm

P8-Realease (a):

  • Left Knee Extending 
  • Right Shoulder Down
  • Belt Buckle and Shirt Buttons at Target

P9-Realease (b):

  • Right arm parallel to ground
  • Left Knee Straightening
  • Eyes at Target
  • Right Shoulder Down
  • Shaft at Ball Line

P10 Finish:

  • Shaft through eyeline
  • Right Shoulder Down
  • Belt Buckle and Shirt Buttons at the target or left of it.


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