One of the biggest faults I see in the amateur game is poor posture. The way a golfer sets up to the ball will play a huge role in how the body moves throughout the golf swing. The most common faults I see are players positioning too much pressure into the toes and back in the heels.
With the weight too far out in the tip toes a golfer will always be fighting falling over towards the ball and will have to stand up and out of posture to regain balance.
With the weight too far into the heels the same thing applies. A golfer is going to feel the loss of balance and start to pitch the body forward in the downswing. With the weight in the heels it is also very easy to stand too close to the ball as you cheat space by sticking the bum back. Now you are in a position where your hips are restricted and therefore you will be forced to get the club working up with the arms rather than rotating the hips and shoulders.
Golf is all about rotation therefore we need to be balanced throughout the whole motion of the swing. Here is a guideline for you to achieve a neutral posture: (It would be worth spending some time in the mirror working on this. Therefore you can match up the correct posture to how it feels):
- Stand tall with you shoulders back
- Bend over from the hips until you feel a slight stretch in your hamstrings.
- Sink forward into your ankles and knees and let your arms hang underneath your shoulders.
- You should feel the weight in the balls of your feet
- If this has been done correctly you should be able to draw a line through the balls of your feet, the knees and the armpits. (see image above)
- Slightly flaring the toes will soften the hips and help rotation
The way a golfer sets up to the ball will play a huge part in how the body will react throughout the motion. It is all about where your centre of pressure is.
Another common problem is a golfers standing too wide. When the legs are too far apart it is very hard to shift the pressure onto the lead foot as you move into the downswing. You will invariable struggle with poor footwork, heavy contact and a restricted through swing.
Getting into good posture will help you create a well balanced, dynamic golf swing with good rotation. I recommend you work on this heading into the new season.
Good luck !
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