Monday, May 14, 2012

Proper Golf Swing Set Up

Ever have the feeling like your golf shot is lost before you ever make your backswing?  Or have you taken swings that felt great only to have that feeling of the golf club thudding into the turf?  For most beginning and high handicap golfers, the biggest threat to their golf swing is their posture.

The threat doesn't just come in the form of bad golf shots, but also in terms of physical problems.  For instance, RPM Therapy states that 35% of golf injuries are lower back problems and most of that is due to poor posture.  Specifically, most beginning golfers bend far too much at the waist putting an enormous amount of torque and strain on the lower back.  Hank Haney in many of his books talks about the ideal degree angle bend is somewhere between 20 to 23 degrees.

If I were to guess, most amateurs bend somewhere in the 30 to 39 degree range.  What does this mean for your golf swing?  Well it will cause the swing to become far too upright which means the shaft of the club will never slot itself in the proper plane.  To give you an example, a 7-iron swing becomes something like a lob wedge and a driver looks like an 8-iron.  When our swing plane becomes too steep we tend to hit behind the ball and scoop it into the air with no power.  Additionally, steep swings will also prohibit our arms from rotating over and squaring the club face back up.  This will cause our slices that we all fear on the golf course.

So how do we fix this posture problem?

First as you approach the golf ball, anchor your golf club first and use your right foot to start your stance

Second, set up your feet the way you wish to hit the shot and flare out your toes a little

Third make sure your knees, hips, shoulders and eye line are all perfectly aligned

Next and most importantly just bend your back at the waist just slightly.  If you were to imagine standing up against a wall, there would be no more than 20-27 degrees of space between you and that wall.

This should get you in a better hitting position, one way to check is to see if your back is pointing at 1 as if you were part of a clock.  By doing this you should alleviate the amount of strain you're putting on the back and make better golf swings.

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