Golf Shot Setup Best 1-10
If your stance, posture and club length are all correct, but your ballstriking is weak, the solution could be as checking your golf ball position. If your ball position is too far forward in your stance (toward the foot closest to the target, left for a right-hander), the club will be released too early. Your shots will fly to low, because the clubface is closed at impact.
Being short of stature doesn't mean you can't be long off the tee. Ian Woosnam stands all of 5'4”, but the 1991 Masters winner (aka the “Wee Welshman”) could positively pound the ball. Height isn't that important in golf. But leverage is, and that's where being short (less than 5'8”) becomes a distinct advantage.
The arms dictate much of what happens in the golf swing. They influence swing plane, arc, width, path and, well, just about everything in one way or another. Therefore, it’s important to begin the swing with your arms properly positioned. Perhaps the most common mistake among amateurs is extending the arms too far from the body, or reaching for the ball. Some players feel this gives them more power, but it can actually drain clubhead speed by altering your posture and causing upper-body tension.
Every golfer has been told to bend the knees when addressing the ball. More specifically, instructors commonly advise students to stand similar to a baseball infielder, or basketball player in a defensive position. To anyone who has played or watched those sports, that probably sounds a little excessive. Should you really bend your knees as much as a shortstop?
However, calling a grip strong in golf doesn't refer to its physical strength but rather the way it will affect the club face. A strong grip will generally close the club face either at address or during the swing, causing it to point left of the target (for a right handed golfer). The reason most golfers are better off deploying a neutral grip than a strong grip relates to how the club face should move through the swing. The club face should rotate away from the ball following the swing path; a strong grip tends to hold the club face closed.
Improper setup can cause a multitude of swing problems; for example, poor balance. Reaching for a ball that’s too far away puts excess weight on the toes, creating pushed, topped and even shanked shots. Stand too close and you’ll be back on your heels, spraying shots off the end of the club and making generally lousy contact.
Look at the bottom hand of any good golfer as he grips the club at address and you'll notice a small gap between the index finger and middle finger. In fact, the index finger looks much like it would if squeezing the trigger of a gun. Hence, the term “trigger finger.” This slight separation may seem minor, but it plays a key role in your ability to control the club.
Most golf instructors advocate gripping the club with the hands in a “neutral” position. The telltale sign is when the crease between the thumb and forefinger of both hands point at (or near) the right-handed golfer’s right ear when addressing the ball. The neutral golf grip may be considered ideal, but many players can benefit from rotating the hands a touch to the right, or into a “strong” position.
Generally speaking, hitting drives high in the air is a good thing. But problems arise (so to speak) when the ball “balloons,” meaning it starts relatively low and flies higher and higher before falling steeply and rolling very little. >Ballooning is caused by too much backspin, robbing your drives of both carry distance and roll. It's especially problematic playing into the wind, which causes the ball to spin even more.
Correct alignment of the golf club is very important. If the clubhead is in the correct position at address, it will ensure the clubface is in line with the shots intended target line. Otherwise, you'll be prone to offline shots. A clubhead that's misaligned by just a few degrees can send the ball many yards off-target. Additionally, your minds eye will influence you to swing off plane, causing shots to stray even farther.