Develop Perfect Posture to Make Solid Golf Shots
In golf, it is often the small details that make the biggest difference. Things like grip and ball position aren’t all that exciting to talk about or practice, but they can make or break a golf swing. The same can be said about posture. When you have good posture in your swing, it makes everything else much easier. While there is some room for individual preferences and habits in the stance, there are some basic fundamentals that you should follow to give yourself the best chance at success.
Below are a few points that you should pay particular attention to when practicing your posture.
- It starts in your legs. Your lower body forms the foundation for your swing, so make sure your legs are engaged, and your knees are bent. One of the worst mistakes you can make in golf is standing in the address position with your legs straight and no flex in your knees. This makes it nearly impossible to create a powerful swing, and often contributes to a slice.
- Keep your head up. If you bury your chin down into your chest at address, you will have trouble finding enough room to swing your shoulders back into a full backswing. While you want to keep your eyes down on the ball throughout your swing, you want to keep your chin up so your upper body is in an athletic position and you can swing aggressively.
- Be balanced. Good balance is a common feature among almost all golf swings, so starting from a balanced position makes a lot of sense as you try to keep your balance through the swing. Make sure your weight is evenly distributed between both feet, and you aren’t leaning out over your toes, or back on your heels. Not only will good balance help you be in a perfect posture before you start the swing, but it will also give you the ability to swing harder – and find more distance.
- Make sure you are comfortable. While it is important to be in a good, fundamentally sound posture at address, it is also important that you are comfortable. Practice your address position often enough that it becomes comfortable and you can take your stance without giving it much thought. While this might take some effort at first, you will be surprised at how quickly it can become automatic.