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Posture

Posture refers to a players' body position at the start of the swing. Establishing good posture and maintaining it throughout the golf swing is an important key for both accuracy and power. Many struggle with good posture in golf because they have poor posture in other parts of their life or have physical limitations. It is important to try to correct these if at all possible so that they player can achieve an ideal starting position especially with a straight spine.

Posture Drills

Posture Tips

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  • Considtency in the Set Up Equals Consistent Strikes

    A consistent set up is crucial to consistent driving. If you play your ball position too far back, you can end up with a push. If you play it too far forward you can end up pulling the shot. Reaching for the ball can cause you to swing back too flat, whereas standing too close can cause you to pick the club up on too steep of a plane. Standing up too tall can also cause a flat backswing, whereas bending over too much can cause your shoulders to rotate on a steep plane. You simply must do the same thing every time in order achieve a consistent and predictable ball flight.

  • Loss of Posture is a Big Problem

    A loss of posture in the golf swing can cause a host of errors. You can see fat shots, thin shots, toed shots, heeled shots and more if your posture changes during the golf swing. This is almost always due to physical issues. A couple of the causes are the inability to create separation between your upper and lower body and lack of flexibility and strength in your glute muscles and your legs. To combat this make sure to get in a good fitness routine targeting your legs, glutes and core muscles that not only includes strengthening, but also stretching.

  • If You Have the Shanks Don't Crowd the Ball

    Don't crowd the ball if you are shankng. If you stand too close to the ball and swing out at all you will find the hosel and this is the cause of shanking. To check yourself at set up, try to fit a fist or a fist and a thumb between your thigh and the butt end of the grip. If you can, that means you have given yourself plenty of room.

  • Flexibility is Key For Seniors

    For senior golfers, the most important part of fitness is to pay close attention to is flexibility. It seems for nearly everyone over the age of 30 that comes across the lesson tee that there are swing flaws in their motion that relate to stiffness. We all lose balance and flexibility as we age, but we can slow and sometimes even reverse the process if we are diligent about doing the proper exercises. Not only that, but they make us feel better too. Loss of balance and flexibility are leading causes of many swing faults from changes in posture, to lack of coil, to pushing or blocking as we fall off center.

  • Use Your Putting Stroke for the Putt-Chip

    For the putt-chip, simply use your putting grip and posture. Think of this shot as no different than a putt really other than you have an iron in your hands. The shot will come off quite a bit softer than a bump and run and is one of the most simple if not the most simple shot in golf.

  • Sit Back to Avoid the Shanks

    If you are shanking, wiggle your toes when you set up to make sure you are not leaning in towards the balls of your feet. Getting your weight onto your toes moves you forward and increases your chances of hitting the hosel, which is the cause of a shank. If you can wiggle your toes inside your shoes that means your weight is centered on your feet where it is supposed to be. Focus on staying centered throughout the entire swing as it's easy to start one place and end up in another.

  • Keep Your Elbows Close

    Keep your elbows in closer to your body when putting. This will help you use your big muscles during the stroke. When you stick your elbows out and away from your body, it's easy to slide the arms around independently. Some players will even bend and straighten their arms throughout the stroke. When your elbows are in and closer to your body, it's much easier to keep the arms quite and simply use your shoulders to power the stroke.

  • Keep Your Rear End Out

    Keep your rear end out and back to help keep you down through the shot. When your rear end comes in it forces your spine to straighten up. This is called a pelvic push or early extension. The result is usually a topped shot, thin shot or a push. When your rear end stays out, it helps you to maintain the posture that you established at address. This is critical for making pure and consistent contact.

  • Shift Your Weight Through the Strike

    Make sure your head does not hang back or back up too much in the swing. It will cause you to swing on too much of an inside-out angle and push shots. To trap the ball and keep your swing on plane (on an arc) make sure that you are moving through the ball as you strike it and shifting your weight to your front foot. After impact your swing should come around on an arc rather than moving down the target line.

  • Bend From Your Hips Until Your Arms Hang Straight

    To establish solid posture when putting, bend over slightly from your hips until your arms hang down from your shoulders. If you go too far your peripheral vision will be affected and it will be hard to see your line. If you stand up to high your eyes won't be level with the ground and you will tend to look to the right which can cause pushes.

  • Keep Your Cheek Parallel to the Ground After Impact

    To learn to stay down try watching the ball fly with your right cheek still facing the ground (for a right hander). This will help you retain your posture and keep your spine tilted forward throughout the swing. Skilled ball strikers will stay in this position all the way until the very end of the swing. If you find yourself watching your ball fly by standing up straight with your shoulders level to the ground, chances are you are coming out of the shot too soon.

  • Straight Arms Are Preferred

    To make your putting stroke more consistent, I prefer straight arms with putting posture. I believe it helps you move as a one piece pendulum working your shoulders, arms and hands as a unit. I feel that bends in the elbows and wrists at address cause a player to be bendy and wristy during the stroke. If you have had problems controlling your distance or difficulty keeping the face square, try making sure your arms are straight (but not rigid) when you set up and keep them that way throughout the stroke.

  • Maximize Your Coil For Distance

    To maximize your power off of the tee you need to maximize your coil. That means you need to resist the turning of your hips while at the same time increase your shoulder turn. The bigger the difference you can create between your lower and upper body, the tighter your coil will be. You are like a spring or a rubber band. The tighter you wind yourself up, the faster you will unwind.

  • Don't Ignore Your Glutes and Obliques

    Two muscles that are so important to the golf swing, but not exercised by a lot of people are the glutes and the obliques. In fact, most people don't even know that their glutes are used much in the swing. We all use them so infrequently in day to day life that they can quickly get weak without us even realizing it. When the glutes and obliques lack strength it's easy to reverse pivot, change our posture and lose our stability that we established at address.

  • Address the Ball With Your Rear Side Lower

    When addressing the ball, make sure that your rear side sits lower at address just as your rear hand sits lower on the grip. Your hips and shoulders should run parallel to each other and tilt away from your target. This means your right hip and your right shoulder will sit lower than your left hip and left shoulder at address. Setting up in this manner facilitates and inside/out take away, so it's a great thing to double check if you are having problems swinging outside/in.

  • Keep Your Arms and Club in a Line

    When setting up to putt, check to make sure that your club shaft and forearms are on the same plane. If you create a big angle between the two and have your club shaft sitting low your wrists will be more active. Having the forearms and club shaft in a straight line helps to keep your wrists quiet and promotes a pendulum motion.

  • Bend From Your Hips, Not Your Waist

    When setting up to putt, create your bend from your hips, not from your waist. A slight knee bend is good too. It is important that you keep your spine straight and bend from your hips so that your shoulders can properly rock back and forth. If you slump from the waist and round your shoulders in it will affect your shoulders' ability to rock like a pendulum.

  • Your Swing Plane Varies a Bit Between Clubs

    Your swing plane will vary a slight bit when you go from shorter to longer clubs. As the club gets longer, the plane will flatten. Allow the design of the club and your slight change in posture to alter your swing plane. Don't try to swing differently, but just let the club length and set up do their job. It's hard enough to master one swing!

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