Checking your fundamentals

Published 29/03/2009 18:37:27

The majority of long game faults can be traced back to problems at address. Your set-up position therefore should be the first thing to check whenever you are struggling with your game. Here are four quick and easy ways to establish the key positions for more consistent and accurate golf.




By far the best and easiest way to check your posture is to look at your reflection in the mirror. When doing this there are three key things to look out for.

  1. Make sure that your back is straight and that your shoulders are not hunched over the ball.
  2. Check there is a reasonable amount of flex in your legs.
  3. Take a look at the angle of your arms. Ideally they should hang vertically down as your upper body bends over the ball. This will create about a hands width of space between the top of your thigh and the butt end of the club


Swing Path


While standing at the mirror to check your posture you can also look at your swing path. Take the club back and stop halfway through the backswing.

In the perfect position, the club should dissect your shoulder and the butt end of the shaft should be pointing at the ball. If you find it impossible to reach this position automatically, you could be swinging the club along a destructive path that will cost you accuracy.


Accuracy check


A simple way to check your alignment and ball position is a technique used by many of the best golfers in the world. At the start of any practice routine lay a shaft on the gorund parallel to your ball-to-target line. This will act as a handy reference to how accurately your body and clubface are aligned throughout. Make sure that your feet, hips and shoulders are all parallel to your ball-to-target line and pay close attention to your ball position. These checks are guaranteed to help improve not only your alignment but also your swing path.


Poor grip


A good grip has a huge bearing on whether you can return the clubface square to the target through impact so it is essential to check this regularly. You can do this easily by taking your normal grip and extending the forefinger of your right hand. In the ideal position this finger should point at your left foot. If it is directed towards your right foot, you have a weak grip, which means you are far more likely to slice the ball. If your finger points outside your left foot, you are likely to play some destructive hooks.


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