Have you ever wondered why your golf swing is inconsistent? Although there are a number of potential issues, having the correct posture at address is an important fundamental which a lot of golfers overlook and don’t give a lot of consideration too. This helps dictate how the club swings around the body, helps the body turn correctly, and helps promotes good balance. When addressing the ball, check you are doing the following points:
- Stand upright with your legs straight
- Keep your arms relaxed and comfortably straight
- Hold the club at waist height
- Tilt forward from your hips, keep your back straight until the club touches the ground
- Soften the knees so your weight is on the balls of your feet
- Stance should be shoulder width for irons, and a little wider for woods
So what is a loss of posture? This is considered any sort of alteration from the body’s original set up angles during the golf swing. As the angles of the body change from loss of posture, the player is put in a position to have to rely on the timing of their hand action in order to square the clubface at impact, which ultimately promotes a timing driven swing that over the space of around one second, can be very inconsistent! One of the most common faults found in amateur golfers is a loss of posture, and it’s been determined 64.3 percent of amateur golfers have a form of posture loss at some stage during the swing. The following points can cause golfers to suffer from posture loss during the swing:
- Poor Flexibility: This stops golfers getting into key positions without altering the spine angle during the swing. In order to rotate around good and stable posture, golfers must have good flexibility in the hips and shoulders.
- Muscle Stiffness: This can alter good set up posture and force players to change their spinal posture during the swing.
- No separation of the upper body from the lower body: This allows the shoulders to rotate around the spine without altering original posture.
- Inability to stabilise the core: The golfer’s ability to stabilise the angle of the spine during the swing, is directly proportional to the strength and stability of the core muscles (hips and glutes).
To summarise the above, it is really important to have the correct posture before and during the golf swing. The golf swing is a very athletic motion where the stance and posture should be athletic as well. Working hard to improve your set up positions, and flexibility will help you to achieve a more consistent and better golf swing, leading to better performance and ultimately results.
If you would like to know more about this or book a lesson, please give me a call in the shop on 613131
Westridge Golf Centre