Importance of Posture to Your Golf Swing

By: Ben Throckmorton

Having established the importance of a good posture position in part # 1, here are some important points to bear in mind when developing your best posture.

Your posture position should be athletic and dynamic, allowing for balanced motion in any direction.

Think of a football quarterback under center and try to duplicate this position as closely as possible. Your weight should be centered on your feet not only left to right, but also from heel to toe. Your knees should be flexed slightly allowing for ease of movement and you should be bent slightly forward from the waist creating an axis on which you can turn your shoulders. Your arms should hang naturally from your shoulder sockets in a very relaxed fashion.

Here are (4) points that you should keep in mind when working into YOUR posture position. Work with these points and make your posture as consistent as possible from shot to shot. The more consistent your posture position, the better you'll swing and the lower you'll score.

1. The insides of your feet should be as wide as your shoulders and your weight should be centered left and right (Half your weight should be on your left foot and half on your right) and also from heel to toe.

2. Your knees should be flexed slightly allowing for balanced movement in any direction. With the proper flex, your knees should be directly over the arches of your feet and you should feel completely balanced and light on your feet.

3. You should be bent slightly forward from the waist creating an axis on which your shoulders can turn. Once you bend forward from the waist, your shoulders should be positioned over the arches of your feet. This is a very balanced position.

REMEMBER You must remain in a balanced posture position. If you feel unbalanced, keep working until you can duplicate this athletic and dynamic position time after time.

4. Your arms should hang straight down naturally from your shoulder sockets. Your shoulders, arms, and hands should be
completely tension free.

I know that working on your posture, your grip, and your alignment doesn't seem nearly as glamorous as pounding 270 yard drives but trust me, without the proper grip, the correct posture position, and good alignment, there won't be any 270 yard drives in your immediate future so pay attention to the fundamentals and and build your swing from the ground up.

I guarantee you'll be glad you did!

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