Curing Posture Problems: Part 1

Published 11/11/2009 19:59:55

Good posture is the cornerstone of an athletic golf swing. The correct posture gives your swing balance, which will enable your overall movement. But poor posture can intefere with balance, and then everything can start to go wrong.


Your body weight should be slightly backwards of centre, towards the heels of your feet. If a golfer's weight moves forward of centre, an out-to-in swingpath will result, causing the club to cut across the ball. When your weight moves forwards, your upper body will generally begin to sway forwards as well.


If this happens, the golfer is putting his or her body in the way of the swing, especially as he or she comes through the ball. The golfer is then forced to move the club farther outside the normal swingpath - or farther away from the body - hitting across the ball with a glancing blow that starts it spinning. The common result is a slice to the far right of the target with the longer clubs, and a pull with the shorter clubs.


Swing Around


One way to maintain good posture and balance is to keep your weight slightly back of center. Throughout the movement of the swing, you want to rotate around the pivotal points of the right heel on the backswing, and the left heel on the throughswing.


While doing this, you must keep the body exactly the same distance from the ball at all times. Only then can you allow the club to swing truly around you.


If you move the body either closer to the ball - or farther away from it - you will experience a loss of balance, which will upset everything in the swing. The golfer is then in a different position at impact from that at address, and the swing can never be consistent.


Remember: most posture problems are caused by trying to get too close to the ball. Be bold, stand tall, bend from the hips and sit back - it's simple.

Stay tune for part two of our curing posture problems guide for tips on the swing plane and mirror cure.


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