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Your Swing's Foundation

Establishing and maintaining proper posture is crucial to consistent swingsYou Must Establish and Maintain Proper Posture

Establishing good posture and maintaining it throughout the swing is the key to golfing success on so many levels. Among other things, posture affects your: consistency, balance, swing plane and club head speed. I've seen countless numbers of students with their swing center moving all over the place, their head bobbing up and down and struggling to simply not fall over during their swings! With all of that going on it is impossible to achieve our ultimate goal which is to return the shaft on the same angle or "plane" as it was at set up.

Your Posture is the Foundation of Your Swing

Just like the foundation for your house, your posture needs to be a stable base for your swing. There is a lot going on in your swing. You are turning or pivoting, shifting your weight and swinging a long shaft with a steel head at high speed. Sound swings start with posture that enables all of this to happen while maintaining a constant swing center, balance and the ability to remain athletic and flexible. When it comes to constant swing center and balance you need to establish a posture that will keep your center of gravity fairly low and prevent your pelvis from moving all over in space.

Often I hear players tell me they look up during their swing causing them to top the ball. This is not at accurate statement. I have never seen a golfer maintain their posture, keep completely still and just look up with their head or face. What is happening is that they are actually standing up and changing the angle they had established for their spine at address. Two common results most golfers get when they change their posture and come back with the shaft more vertical at impact is among other things fat shots and high blocks to the right.

Poor Posture Leads to Poor Results

Poor posture can lead to poor weight distribution. This can cause a player to lose their balance to their toes or heels affecting the path that they swing on. Also, among other things, poor weight distribution can cause a changing swing center (up or down), reverse weight shift, sways and disconnection between his or her body and arms. This list is almost endless. The list of poor results or shots is just as long: fat, topped, blocked, shanked, hooked, pulled, etc.

Everyone's body type is different. Some golfers are high wasted with long arms, Some golfers are long wasted with short arms. Some golfers are lean while others are stocky. Take Dustin Johnson who is 6'4' and lean compared to Lee Trevino who is 5'7" and stocky. What's important is that you find the right posture that fits YOU and allows YOU to find the balance and weight distribution you need to be able to perform powerfully and consistently. Please do not make the mistake of trying to copy your favorite player who may be a totally different build than you. Make sure to model yourself after someone who is of similar size and shape. Also, you never want to try to accommodate for ill-fit clubs. Often I find students in the most odd positions at address simply because they are trying to make a poorly fit golf club sit flat at address. Get your clubs personalized and fit to you.

Once you have a good starting posture, you need to maintain it throughout the swing.

Maria Palozola

Maria Palozola is a member of the LPGA and has participated in multiple LPGA Tour events. She has provided instruction to thousands of students in the past 20+ years and has won multiple teaching awards from the LPGA, Golf Digest, and Golf Magazine including being ranked as one of the top 50 female instructors in the world.

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