Thin Shot Golf Drill: Check Your Spine Angle in the Mirror

    It’s easy to rotate your body side to side when standing upright. However, doing it while bent over – as golf requires – gives some people trouble.




    If you have a tendency to raise up during the swing, you likely hit a lot of thin shots and the occasional top. It’s crucial that you learn to maintain the same spine angle from address right into your follow-through.

    You’ll need a full-length mirror, reflective window or similar surface for this drill:

  • Without a club, stand with the mirror in the direction of the imaginary target – to your left for a right-handed golfer.

  • Cross your arms so that your hands touch the front of your shoulders.

  • Assume your normal golf posture, bending forward from the waist.

  • Turn as though making a backswing, keeping hands on shoulders.

  • Turn through as though hitting the ball.

  • As you come through, check your position in the mirror. Your spine should be tilted forward at the same angle you held at address.

  • It’s OK to stand up in the final part of the swing.



  • Do this several times as you focus on keeping the same spine angle from address until after impact. Then try it with your arms extended as though holding a club, still with the goal of a consistent spine angle.