Three Keys to Golf Posture

Three Keys to Golf Posture

The golf posture is one of the most critical components of your swing and it is done before you ever swing your golf club. Now your posture has two bends and one tilt. If you get these three things correct, you are off to the races. This happens with every golf club in your bag. Let’s talk about our two bends first. Now we always bend from our joints, so I am going to bend from my hip joint first, and I am going to identify that by where I am would raise my leg from. So I am going to bend right from here and push my hips back. Most players what they do is they bend from their waist, so they bend this way, flexing all their vertebrates. We are going to bend from our hips joint, we are going to push the hips back, that is our first bend. This allows the arms to hang away from the body and puts your arms in a position to swing. Golf is a swing game. Second bend is a flex of the knee. We want to be able to flex, which is less than a bend. If we bend too much from the knees then the spine gets too straight and does not allow our arms to swing our arms on the proper path. Flex the knee, and your weight is going to be distributed between the ball and heel of your foot, right on your arch, which makes it easier to tap your heels off the ground versus your toes. So those are two bends. Here is the third one that will make all the difference in the world to your golf game, especially if you tend to slice your golf ball a little bit. When I place my hands on the golf club, my right hand is lower on the club than my left. Because of that I need to create an accommodation in my spine, so I need to lower my right side so that my right hand will fit on the golf club appropriately. What most players tend to do is that they tend to put their right hand on the club coming over the top of the grip, so that their shoulders tend to be very open to their target line. You can see that a little more clearly from here, where my shoulders are at a different angle from my feet. Here is how you get that last tilt correct. If you imagine the club shaft to be at 12 o’clock, I want to see if I can make that club shaft go to one o’clock on a watch. Now I am doing that from my hip joint, I am not just doing that from my spine. Here is what it is going to look like from an address position. Get these three bends and you are off to the races and will improve your golf swing tremendously.

Category: Posture
Sub-Category: Arms, Hands
About the Instructor
Laird Small
Laird Small
Pebble Beach Golf Academy
1700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Tel: 831-622-8650

Laird Small is Director of The Pebble Beach Golf Academy and is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #23 instructor in the world.


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