The Golf Set-Up and Its Influence on Impact
In golf, it is all about the impact position. Everything that you do from a technique standpoint is all designed to make your impact as solid and repeatable as possible. When you can find the same quality impact position swing after swing, better results are almost sure to follow. What many golfers don’t know, however, is how big a role the set-up position plays in what impact position you wind up reaching. If you are able to build a quality set-up position before you ever move the club at all, you will stand a much better chance of finding a successful impact position at the bottom of your swing.
There are three elements that come together to create a good set-up for your golf swing to start from –
- Knees flexed. It is nearly impossible to make a good golf swing without having some measure of knee flex at the start of the swing. When your knees are flexed, it will help you to engage your legs and core muscles in the swing – as well as help you to find a good balance from which to start your swing. Don’t get lazy and stand over the shot with your knees locked straight. Give them a slight flex and you will be much better prepared to start the swing.
- Arms Hanging Naturally. Many amateur golfers get in the habit of reaching out for the ball at address. This is a big problem. Your arms should hand naturally under your shoulders at address so you can start the swing freely once you are ready to begin the takeaway. When you reach for the ball during your set up, it is easy to then pull the club to the inside put yourself on track for the dreaded slice to be the result of your swing.
- Chin Up. Good shoulder turn is one of the most-important parts of putting power into your swing, but you will have trouble making that shoulder turn with your chin buried into your chest. Many golfers take the advice to ‘keep your head down’ much too literally, and hurt their swings as a result. You want to have your eyes down on the ball, but make sure you chin is up so you have plenty of room to turn your shoulders back and through the shot. When done correctly, you should feel perfectly balanced and comfortable, ready to make your swing with confidence.