Now that were all aligned, the next fundamental we are going to focus on is the golf stance. There are several parts that make up a solid golf stance. These parts are knee bend, width of stance, weight distribution, feet setup, and posture.
Width Of Stance
A good starting place is to keep your feet at about shoulder width apart. Widen your stance about two or three inches wider than your shoulders for longer clubs like woods and drivers. Reduce your stance an inch or two for shorter clubs like chipping wedges and pitching wedges. To ensure we are standing at the correct width, we can measure using a club. Start to pay attention to wide or narrow your stance is and eventually you will find whats works. This will take practice to find what is most comfortable for your body type.
The knees in your golf stance should be lightly flexed not bent. Lightly flexing your knees will help you keep good balance through out your swing. We do not want to bend our knees too much because it will cause our weight to be shifted too much on the heels.
Feet should be shoulder width apart for middle irons. For short irons, move your feet a few inches closer and for longer irons and woods, move your feet a couple inches wider. The front foot, is foot closest to the target, will be flared outwards twenty to forty degrees. This will allow your body to fully rotate on the downswing. The back foot should be square to the target line.
The weight of your body should be evenly distributed between both feet when you first get into your golf stance. Make sure you are not putting too much weight on the heels or toes. Feel the weight over top of your ankles while your knees slightly flexed. We want to balanced in a nice athletic stance.
New golfers always hear about their poor posture and ways to fix it. Let’s lay down the foundation for a solid golf posture.
First lets talk about the hips. A good posture contains a good hip tilt. The hip tilt should be about six to eight degrees. You want to lean enough but not too much. Make sure the body is relaxed. By tilting your hips, you allow your body to be angled properly at the start of your swing. This gives the golfer the foundation to hit a repeating swing. Hip tilt gives the constant axis that you will swing on.
Next, we want to maintain a flat back. Beginner golfers will want to either curl their back in or out. Curling your back does not allow you to rotate through your swing efficiently. Remember to hinge at the hips and lean forward with your back straight.
- Hunched over too much causing a curved spine. This will make it difficult to make a full shoulder rotation, smooth takeaway, and cause bad shots.
- Standing too upright and not enough hip tilt. This will also cause poor takeaways and bad shots.
- Butt sticking to far back with an “S” shaped spine. Again, this will make it difficult to rotate through your shot properly.
A great way improve is to take pictures or film yourself. This way you can analyze where you need to focus your posture.
Take your time with your posture and create a pre-shot routine so you set up the same way consistently. Having a great golf posture is part of the foundation of a good golf shot. A bad posture not only limits your golf abilities. it can cause bad habits and long term injuries. Remember to practice your posture correctly and you will see your lower scores!
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