Thursday, March 29, 2012

Top 5 Set Up Positions You See At The Range

"Top 5 Set Up Positions You See At The Range"
By Sean & Stef Mysel

For this countdown, I'm going to start with #5 and finish, of course with number one.  Let's have a go at it:

#5  Too Much Bend At Waist

In many of his books (Big Miss not withstanding)  Hank Haney advocates having about 20 to 23 degrees of bend at your waist at address.  The idea here is not to stand too tall nor stand too stooped over.  Yet, I see this so often at the facility where golfers are bent at a 30 degree angle or more.  Why is this a problem?  Well for starters it ultimately puts a tremendous strain on your back and we can only end up hurting ourselves.  Second, we tend to make compensations whether it's popping up during the down swing or swinging very steep.

#4  Too Much Knee Bend

There's an urban legend going around that topping the ball is caused by being too stiff at address and thus, golfers at my facility tend to over exaggerate bending their knees.  Much like number five, if you over do something you end up compensating for it in the end.  Just bend the knees slightly as if you were casually having a conversation with a friend over a pint (for my UK friends) or schooner (for my OU friends).  We will tend to "sit" or lower our bodies in the down swing which is perfectly natural, however, we don't need to exacerbate the process.

#3  Reverse Pivot Position

Just to clarify, yes this happens before the back swing. I actually see people put way too much weight on their front side and look like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.  As I teach my students, just address the ball naturally with your weight fairly even on both legs.  The force of your back swing will carry your weight back and then forward on the down swing.  Essentially what happens is not enough weight goes back on the right leg (for righties)  and our transitioning is all messed up.

#2  Extended Arms At Address

This one surprises me but I see it constantly and cannot understand the purpose of it.  There's a belief that we hit the ball with extended arms and thus to help that feeling we do so at address.  Go watch video of Tour players and they don't have their arms extended except perhaps halfway up on their back swing which is fairly brief.  At impact, the arms are somewhat tucked in.  In fact, there's few sports where the arms are completely extended at impact.   Over extending the arms at address promotes a back swing path that is outside the target line and will force the arms back towards the body cutting the ball.

#1  Here's #1...Tebowing Before Shot

Believing that some divine force cares about your golf game is...well ridiculous.  You just need good fundamentals and as our friend Allen Iverson says..."practice!"