How to get the golf stance and golf swing right is the purpose of this post. A bad stance will make the golf swing almost impossible. A good stance and a bad swing is less likely to happen. So improve your golf swing by making your sure your stance is right.
Have you ever noticed that a lot of golfers are hunched over when they are addressing the golf ball? Their shoulders are bent forward and their back is rounded. This is a fundamental mistake that leads to inconsistency in their golf swing.
The golf swing pivots around a central axis, the spine. If your back is not straight, then neither is your spine. Which means that the axis, instead of just rotating, is actually moving out of line while it turns. It also means that the shoulders have to readjust in order to execute the back swing. Everything is now out of position. It will also affect your balance, which is crucial during the golf swing.
With the shoulders forward, arms extended, and the back curved, it is not surprising that the golf swing will be inconsistent. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to achieve the correct swing plane unless a good athletic stance is adopted at address.
To begin, you should stand straight, shoulders back, but don't force them back, and head up looking straight ahead. This is the best starting point for getting into the correct address position.
You need to try and maintain this back, shoulder and head position.
Flex your knees and bend forward from the hips, not the waist. Concentrate on maintaining your back, shoulder and head positions in relation to each other, you should feel your bum moving back as you bend forward, if you don't, you are not bending properly from the hips.
When you look down at the golf ball, don't bend your head down, if your chin is touching your chest, or nearly touching it, then your head has dipped down.
If you are in the right position, your shoulders will be able to turn freely without changing their relationship to your spine. This is important, because your back swing is best initiated by turning your shoulders. Your hands, arms and shoulders should maintain the triangle they formed at address.
Some people initiate the back swing by moving the club head first, this is okay as long as the actual rotation of the upper body is controlled with the shoulders, not arms or hands or golf club.
The same is true for the downswing. Start it by turning your shoulders. Your arms, hands, and golf club are just along for the ride, they should not be forcing your golf swing, let your shoulders do the work here. That way there is less room for error, and less to go out of line during the down swing and through impact.
Try and maintain your spine angle throughout your swing, from address all the way through the impact zone.
A straight spine is crucial if you want a consistent golf swing. It may seem unnatural or uncomfortable at first, but persevere and you will be rewarded.
If you find your shoulders coming forward during the down swing, then you are trying to hit the golf ball too hard, you are using your arms and hands to give you power in your shot. If you need greater distance, think speed not power.
Club head speed through the impact zone determines the distance your shot will achieve, assuming you are making correct contact with club head and ball. Your timing to unhinge your wrists during the down swing will do more to determine the speed than your arms and hands will. If you unhinge (uncock) your wrists too early, you will not be reaching maximum speed at the right time, you will likely be decelerating through impact instead of accelerating.
Hopefully you now know how to get the golf stance and golf swing right. A good golf swing follows on naturally from a good stance, you are more likely to get into the correct swing plane and your balance will be better. All this increases your chance of hitting a good golf shot.