Correct Golf Posture at Address

Correct Golf Posture at Address

Posture is one of the very important pre-swing fundamentals that can be achieved with your pre-shot routine. I'm going to ask Eric Smith, my son in law, golf professional at the Country Club in Virginia to come in and set up. Notice when Eric addresses the ball his posture starts to form with his first measurement to the ball. He has:

  1. A nice straight back
  2. Slightly flexed knees
  3. Arms hanging

Set Up: Solid Golf Posture

As his feet swing into place he's nicely balanced, he's in a solid position. I could get my grandson Bucky to come up here and jump on his back like he was going to ride piggy back, and I'm not sure he would bend Eric's knees any more.

It's important that you be in this solid posture, not stiff, but strong and supporting, because one of the dilemmas you face when you play golf is, in order to hit it straight you have to stay still, in order to hit it far, you have to get in motion. That's exactly what we want, motion, not movement. We want Eric to be able to stay in this position, yes, winding around his right side but literally not move out of position.

How to Swing Through

He is almost still in his addressed position at the top of his swing, as he shifts back into his left and his club comes down in front of him he can return right back through. The difference is his weight is more left, his hands are leading, but he's still in the same posture. As he swings on through, his posture will straighten as he gets to the finish. But if you don't have the posture solid to begin with, you can't stay home and maintain this. Posture is a key fundamental that you can take care of before the swing ever starts. A good routine promotes good posture; good posture promotes a good swing.

Category: Address/Set-Up
Sub-Category: Pre-Shot Routine
About the Instructor
Jack Lumpkin
Jack Lumpkin
Sea Island Golf Club
100 Retreat Ave.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Tel: 912-638-5119

Jack Lumpkin is a legendary instructor to PGA Tour Pro Davis Love III and is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #12 instructor in the world.


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