Poor posture in your everyday activities – walking, working, driving the car – can cause unwanted side effects. So can poor posture when addressing the golf ball.
If you set up without the knees, hips and back flexed and tilted properly, you short-circuit the swing right from the start. Without good posture, it’s difficult to rotate the upper and lower body, maintain good balance and achieve a consistent swing plane. The result: bad ballstriking.
Just as carrying yourself with good posture presents a positive image in everyday situations, sound posture on the course is rooted in a proud appearance – standing tall, with an open chest and straight spine. In other words, a look (and feeling) that says, “Bring it on.”
Follow these steps to a perfect pre-swing posture:
- Addressing the ball, stand upright with your feet shoulder-width apart (insteps aligned with outsides of shoulders).
- Pull your shoulders back with your head held high, as though standing at attention.
- Grip the club in your usual manner and hold it in front of you, horizontally, with the butt end pointing at your belly button and your elbows close to your sides.
- Bend slightly at the knees, with your balance spread evenly between the heels and balls of your feet. Your backside should stick out a little to keep the spine lined up nicely.
- Tilt forward from the hips – not the waist – letting the club fall naturally downward with the clubhead on the ground.
- Make sure your head does not bow downward, and that you maintain the position of your shoulders and spine.
If the clubhead is not directly behind the ball as you complete the process, simply step forward or back as needed to place it there. Don’t bend or slump forward with the back or waist, don’t stand up straighter, and don’t push or pull the club into place with the arms. Maintain your posture and change the club’s position by moving the feet only.
Adjust width of your feet based on the club you’re hitting (wider for longer clubs, narrower for shorter clubs).