Let’s have a look at the most misunderstood set-up angle and that is the angle of the spine. Most golfers are taught to set up naturally to the ball and natural for most golfers is to stand with their spine vertical and their shoulders parallel to the ground. Unless you’ve got one arm longer than the other, the only way you’re going to get both hands onto the golf club is to reach across with your trail side arm.
Why Spine Angle is So Important in Golf
- This puts your body into a position where you can only make a swing that’s going to make you reverse your weight onto the target side on the backswing and then you’ve got weight coming to the back foot on the follow-through. That’s called the reverse pivot.
- At impact I have never yet seen a golfer who can play the game who isn’t in this position. With the base of his spine as close to the target than the top of their spine. Now at some point during the swing if you don’t start that way, you’re going to have to find that angle to make good contact.
- So what I suggest is that you start that way. It’s not natural but it’s going to make for a much simpler golf swing.
Two Steps for a Perfect Golf Swing Spine Angle
So let’s go through our two steps. We’ve bend forward from the hips and unlock the knees now here’s the old important tilt, move your left hip towards the target and your right shoulder away, so the base of your spine is closer to the target than the top of your spine. From there when your arms just hang, your right hand will fit comfortably below the left hand and you’re in a posture position that’s much closer than where you need to be at impact.
So now I can turn around those set-up angles on the backswing and then re-turn around those angles without huge compensations which cause inconsistencies. This is not natural but it’s a much more comfortable and natural way to play golf. So to set-up, tilt your spine slightly away from the target. Try that, it will take a little getting used to but when you do you’re going to be much more consistent.