by Bill Winters
I bet that there are days when you feel uncomfortable while hitting the ball, and you struggle swinging your club. Sometimes causing you to fail getting the ball in the hole.
Chances are, you’re not using the proper posture!
Good news is, you’re not alone. Many golfers, beginners and experienced players, have the same struggle.
I did, too.
But the better news is, you can work it out! All golfers are capable of hitting a perfect swing. One way of doing that is through achieving a perfect golf posture.
If you’re thinking that having perfect posture is not important because it won't affect your swing so much, then you need to slow down. Your swing posture, together with your grip, your stance, and the ball’s position, determines the effectivity of your swing.
These are the things that you can’t take for granted.
I’m going to share with you one of the best tips I learned from David Leadbetter because they worked for me.
David Leadbetter is a golf instructor from the United Kingdom. He compared using the correct golf posture with your posture when bouncing a basketball. He said that both require the same balance and coordination.
Remember, we don’t put aside our athletic skills in golf! So, to easily explain it, just imagine yourself holding a club while playing basketball.
According to David, this is what having a great golf posture means:
Now that you know what you should look like, I’m going to show you the step-by-step ways on improving your golf posture.
Improving your posture is easier said than done. I’ve been there and I’ve done that.
It all starts with your spine because the position of your spine is the most critical factor you have to be mindful about when we’re talking about correct posture.
Your spine should be your central column whenever you perform your swings. Having it flat on your back will essentially help you turn your hips properly.
Having your body in this position will help you swing that club better.
This can feel off, especially if you've gotten used to naturally having a bad posture. But don’t worry. Everything can be achieved through practice and hard work.
You don't need to be a pro golfer or someone who practices every week to work on your posture.
Regardless of your size, age, or gender, doing this step-by-step will help you strike that perfect golf pose:
After this, you’re now ready to hit that ball with a pretty smooth swing!
Like I’ve said before, having a good posture affects the way you swing your club. When we talk about good posture, we usually take note of our spine, arms and knee flex. If we fail to execute these steps properly, we may encounter problems.
Therefore, it wouldn't be comfortable to execute a swing. It would feel like getting an axe to chop a wood, so when you’re up to downswing your club, you’d probably miss the hit.
Aside from this, your arms will be free from tension. This allows your body to rotate freely. So as you start to downswing, your arms will drop smoothly, resulting in an opportunity to hit greens.
One of the hardest thing to maintain in golf is your consistency, and this is mostly impossible when you become inconsistent in your swing posture.
The key to consistency is to practice, take time to train and make an effort. Don’t worry. What I’m going to show you is not that hard to execute.
With this training, you're gonna need a five-pound dumbbell, a driver and a belt that you should wear on your pants.
Note: If you don't own a pair of pants, just put a belt around your hips.
These are what you’re supposed to do:
Remain in the last position for a couple of seconds. In order to not defeat the purpose, doing this once won’t help. Repeat this from establishing your drinking position to hinging your hips. Do this 5-10 times.
These things will train you to maintain your control, balance, and spine position. Getting the feel of the drive on your spine will help your body get used to the feel of good posture.
However, your training does not end here. Your arms need to get used to having that correct posture while holding your golf club.
This time, you’re gonna need your 1 ½ or 2 ½ pound ankle weights.
The purpose of the ankle weights is to help you get used to the natural dropping of your arms.
Initially, train yourself with the driver on your spine and the ankle weights on your wrists. But eventually, you can practice your perfect golf pose without them once you get used to the feel of your perfect posture.
After this, you can naturally stand on the course and execute your backswings and downswings with the perfect posture required.
I told myself that I had train to have proper posture just because I want to hit on the greens.That was my first motivation.
But, more than that...
Of course, it’s going to be uncomfortable the first try. But just like what I said earlier, it’s easier said than done. It’s not going to be easy. If you want to be better, you really have to try.
You’re doing this for yourself. Remember that.
And remember that you’re playing one of the best games mankind has ever invented. Might as well play it well— with the proper posture.
About Bill Winters
Those who have not yet tried the sport just can’t imagine what is driving these golfers to brave the sun’s heat and go around a course bigger than several football fields combined. It seems like an awful lot of work considering that the ball is quite small that is must be hard to hit, the ground of the course is not flat and, most annoying of all, there are sand traps lying around seemingly bent on preventing a player from finishing the course.
The game of golf may seem like an awful lot to take on when one considers that the ball is quite small, must be hard to hit and carry through windy conditions with little chance for error. The ground course has hillsides which make it challenging enough without adding sand traps who seem bent on preventing players from completing their round!