Golf Tips: Posture, The Foundation for the Swing
If you body is out of position at address, making
a sound backswing will be nearly impossible.
Posture is the key to a correct setup.
Notice in picture #1 that my body is bent from the
hips and my back is fairly straight.
From the front view the spine is tilted slightly
to the right, as the right hand is lower than the left which sets
the spine in this position
Amateurs often address the ball by bending at
the waist with a curved spine. Picture #2. This curving
of the spine prevents a full and even turn. The hands, arms
and shoulders need to move in sync. If you keep your backbone
straight it will become the axis around which your shoulders, arms
and hands turn.
It is important to maintain your spine angle through
the swing. Bobbing your head up or down or moving your back
changes the plane on which your arms and shoulders move and will
destroy your swing path.
Another important posture key is to keep your chin
up while you swing the club. This keeps the head steady and
promotes a good shoulder turn as in picture #3. If you drop your
chin you will lose sight of the ball as you turn your shoulder back
and the resulting head movement will produce a poor swing.
A good practice drill is to watch yourself in the
mirror from both a front and a rear view. Put a piece of tape
on the mirror just above and in front of your head and practice
swinging while looking in the mirror to see if your head has bobbed
up, down or away from your original position.
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