Perfect Posture For Your Golf Swing - Part 2
"Understand how your posture affects your swing
3. The Correct Posture Using A Golf Club
But, now you have a golf club in your hands. Some of you might be thinking (as
do some of my golf students), "Gosh, I was doing real good with posture. Now,
you want me to ruin it all by grabbing that stick thing'!"
- Take hold of your golf club.
- Stand at attention with your feet about shoulder width apart.
- Reach out your arms so that your hands are almost straight out from your
shoulders. Your golf club will angle upwards but keep it straight out from
your breastbone or nose.
- Firm your whole body to maintain body control for the coming movements.
- Lower your arms until you feel the top of your arms touch your ribs just
under your armpits.
- Snug your arms lightly downwards and inwards to your ribs. (This is that
TOUCH position described in Part 1 #1.)
- Tilt your golf club downwards until you feel the stretch in your left
forearm. (Right forearm for left-handed golfers.)
- Bend forward at your hip joints --- UNTIL YOUR GOLF CLUB LANDS LIGHTLY ON
Keep your back as straight as it was before you bent forward.
- Keep your head from drooping downwards
- DO NOT reach your arms outwards away from the above touch position.
- Your bend at your hips will differ according to the length of the golf
club in your hands. You will be bent over more with a pitching wedge than you
will be with a 3-wood.
- Keep in mind that your spine angle at your hips will be different for each
- Remember that the turn of your body must move comfortably around whatever
spine angle you set in doing this step of learning a good posture.
- Bend your knees forward until the muscles just above your kneecaps start
to firm up to prevent you from falling to your knees.
Note: You must move your hip joints backwards for balance to keep a
good forward lean. If you feel too much weight on your heels - lean slightly
forward at your ankles.
Practice the 4 main steps above facing the mirror and standing sideways to the
mirror. In fact, do so in both sideways positions. When you practice this
posture process there is a final check which you should do, preferably while
standing sideways to a mirror.
Your hands should be below your mouth and chin. If you look down along the
cheeks of your face your hands should appear to be slightly back towards your
body from your eyesight.
This hand position will be harder to achieve for those of you with large rib
cages or very slender rib cages. But, this hand position is the best starting
point relative to your body from which you can then make experimental
4. The Quick Posture Set-up During Your Round Of Golf.
When you are in the posture position I have described in Part 1 and above you
should feel 3 important feelings which will help you to be in the correct
posture no matter what length of club you use.
The 3 feelings are:
- The touch of your upper arms to your ribs just below your armpits.
- The stretch in your left forearm after you tilt your golf club downward.
(Right forearm for lefties.)
- The slight tightening of the muscles just above your kneecaps to keep you
from falling to your knees.
These 3 feelings should be felt with your club sitting lightly on the ground.
On the golf course you do not need to do the steps listed in Part 1 #1 and
Part 2 #3.
The following routine will work very well during your round:
- Place your club behind the ball.
- Position your feet on the desired line at your usual distance from the
ball for the club you have chosen.
- You will be very close to your end posture position.
- Make sure you feel the touch of your arms to your ribs.
- Feel the proper firmness of your thigh muscles to keep you from falling.
- Adjust your spine angle at your hips until you feel the stretch in your
This step usually means - move your back upwards at your hip joints keeping
your back comfortably straight.
This routine can be done in a few seconds prior to your swing movements.
You don't need to rush through this. You need to be certain of being in your
best possible posture.
When you actually swing your golf club - you are to try to hold these posture
- For short iron swings and half swings with a wedge you must learn a basic
turning movement in these posture angles.
- With longer swings a conscious movement or a response to a conscious
movement can take you slightly away from the desired positions.
- The arm lift is an example of deliberately moving out of one of the
posture angles I have described.
In a future article and my lesson modules I will teach you an unusual
movement which re-establishes the correct arm position.
Copyright by Glen Osborne August 2004. All Rights Reserved
About the author:
Glen teaches his golf program for Ladysmith, BC Parks & Rec. Beginners,
struggling golfers, and juniors are his specialty
Perfect Posture - Understand how your
posture affects your swing mechanics - Quick tips for improving your swing by
improving your posture - Knees, back, and shoulders.
Biomechanics Part 1 -
How to make a perfect golf swing every time - Improve your golf swing with these
tips on using the proper grip and posture when addressing the ball.
Biomechanics Part 2 -
How to improve your golf score with the correct club components when addressing
the ball - Correct ball position means the club shaft should lean forward at
Biomechanics Part 3 -
Aim and alignment tips - For the best swing, set the clubface square or
perpendicular to the target line first - Then set your feet, knees, hips, and
shoulders parallel to the target line.
Biomechanics Part 4 -
How to determine the length of arc on your backswing that's best for you - Which
pre-shot factors to consider before every shot - Visualizing the shot and ball
Biomechanics Part 5 -
In depth analysis of the biomechanics of the golf swing - How to improve your
backstroke - How to address the ball correctly every time.
Three Golf Swing Secrets - The three most
important parts of the golf swing - Discover three secrets that will make you a
better golfer - Flat left wrist, straight plane line, and lagging clubhead.