Best Golf Setup Tips 11-20
An important but oft-overlooked factor in producing maximum distance is correct golf club grip pressure. Here's why it’s so crucial. If you grip the club too tightly, your muscles become firm and rigid with less flexibility. This will reduce your swing speed, and the clubhead won’t release at the correct time through the impact zone.
Back foot position is a frequently overlooked part of the golf setup, but this important fundamental can have a surprisingly huge impact on your swing and performance. Here is how to do it right and how it can benefit your golf game. Your back foot should be perpendicular to your target line and not flared out like your front foot. If your back foot is not squared with the target line, it can create a number of problems.
Because the hands are the only direct contact a player has with the club, it's imperative nothing is left to chance. This includes how far up or down the hands should be placed on the handle. Although each player has their own unique way of holding a club, it is widely acknowledged a neutral grip is the one most likely to give the most success to golfers across the board.
Several prominent pros, including Anthony Kim and Sergio Garcia, choke up on almost every shot, even with the driver. Of course, they generate tremendous clubhead speed, so losing a few yards isn't a big deal. In fact, choking up can actually help non-pros gain distance. How? Having better control of the club makes it easier to hit the sweet spot, negating the small loss in clubhead speed.
Those adhering to the first method say that as clubs get progressively shorter in length, the swing bottoms out closer to the middle of the stance. The problem with this, the second group contends, is that changing ball position with each club causes inconsistency. For example, if you have only a general idea that the 8-iron is played slightly right of the 7-iron, youll do it a little differently each time, producing varying trajectory and distance.
Gripping the club properly is crucial, and is well covered by articles explaining the various styles (neutral, strong, overlapping, interlocking, etc.). However, the key step missing from most golf instruction involves the direction of the clubface when taking your. So, there are actually TWO parts to a proper golf grip: hand placement and clubface direction.
Theres no hard-and-fast rule about the right arms position at setup, but this much is key: It should be relaxed, not tense. If you squeeze the club tightly with the right hand or rigidly extend the arm from shoulder to club, the tension will prevent you from rotating arms and club correctly on the backswing. Typically, the right arm will form a pretty straight line from the shoulder to the clubs grip, with minimal bend at the elbow. Many teachers advocate a “soft” right arm, with a slight elbow bend so that the right forearm hangs a touch below the left.
Many players fail to appreciate is how faults at set up can create chaos with other areas of their technique. Aiming too far to the right of a target, for example, will lead to a closed club face at impact as the brain fights desperately to get the ball flying towards the hole or a weak grip could cause a golfer to lose shots to the right as the club face stays open through impact. The left arm position at address is another part of the set up which could cause problems during the swing.
At setup, the hips should be aligned directly with the shoulders – aiming at the spot where you want the ball to start. If your hips are open or closed to the target line, you'll struggle to sync them up properly with the shoulders on the backswing and downswing. But while you want the shoulders to return to square at impact, the hips must be open (pointing left of target for a right-hander) at this crucial point.
Ideally, you should strike the back of the golf ball on point directly aligned with the target, right? Not necessarily. It’s better to hit the ball on a spot slightly inside the target line, or closer to your body. This happens when your swing path travels from inside-to-out, as most professionals and better amateurs swings do.