Proper Golf Swing Posture

By Steve Silverman

Tension will hurt a golf swing. Many beginners spend so much of their time thinking about the shot they have to take next that they can't relax. As a result, they stiffen their bodies and stand incorrectly as they prepare to hit the golf ball. Golfers need to get rid of the stiffness and tension and relax when they prepare to hit the ball.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Step 1
Align your feet shoulder-width apart. The ball should be midway between your feet.
Step 2
Bend your knees slightly as you line up to hit the ball. You should be about 18 inches to 2 feet away from the ball. A slight knee bend means you are holding the club naturally and not reaching for the ball. Keep your back straight and do not lean over at the waist.
Step 3
Keep your weight on the balls of your feet. Do not put your weight on your heels, and do not rock back and forth. By keeping your weight on the balls of your feet, you should be able to transfer your weight from your back foot to your front foot with relative ease as you swing the club.
Step 4
Bend your right knee slightly to the inside as you prepare to hit the ball. Your right knee will twist nearly 180 degrees from the start of your swing to the finish, so put it in a position that allows you to make that move easily. Twisting it a few degrees before you start will make it easier to swing your club.
Step 5
Go to the driving range and practice your setup. The key is being relaxed and finding a rhythm when you swing. Practicing at the driving range will help improve your golf swing posture.

Tips & Warnings

Don't stand too close to the ball. If you don't stand at least 18 inches away, you will feel cramped as you swing the club.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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