Posture at set up. Try this drill on the range.
By Jon Woodroofe – Master Professional, World of Golf London
In my experience, it’s a fact that the ladies are nearly always brilliant at achieving a good posture at set up. While the men, particularly the taller men, are often extremely bad at this. Indeed, watching some men set up, I sometimes feel they have taken their cue from Quasimodo!
The highlights of good posture are a straight spine, which is where us guys struggle. This is achieved by standing upright to start with, then tipping over from the hips, but maintaining the straightness of the spine and then unlocking your knees to take the strain off your back. To get the right feeling, hold a golf club by the head out in front of you, as in picture 1. Then place the golf shaft down your back, as in picture 2. Make sure as much of you is touching the shaft as possible. From the back of your head touch down to hold the club against the base of your spine, your coccyx. This will mean there are 2 gaps, one in the small of your back, the other at your neck. It’s a natural position that reflects the way the human body is made. Then tip forwards a few degrees, but make sure you keep the golf shaft touching where it was, before you tipped forwards as in picture 3. Then just unlock the knees and you have a really weird, duck-like posture in picture 4 – also known as a great set up!
Try this ritual on the golf range. It’s a great way to get into the right position and in no time at all it will all start to feel pretty natural.
Try this ritual on the golf range. It’s a great way to get into the right position and in no time at all, it will all, it will start to feel pretty natural.
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