2007-12-21 / Sports

Learning Golf The Correct Way:Proper Posture

By Joel Garyn

Tiger Woods demonstrates perfect posture. Tiger Woods demonstrates perfect posture. (This is the first of a series of articles presented by Garyn who is a certified USGTF Golf Professional. You can contact him at 1-347-404- 3751.)

This is the first of many articles that will show all levels of golfers the basic fundamentals on how to practice your golf game and achieve results that will make your playing ability successful.

We will cover all phases from The Set, Grip, Posture, Ball Position, Alignment, Full Swing, The Pitch Shot, The Chip Shot, Putting, Sand Play, Trouble Shots, Timing and Tempo.

Low scores are the result of good shots. Good shots are the results of correct swings. Correct swings are the results of clearly understanding and feeling what you are trying to do. No one has become an accomplished player without serious intent.

Practice however, does not make perfect; it makes permanent.

Therefore, what you practice is critical to your success. Golf is a game and as such, is meant to be enjoyed. Our performance is enhanced by that attitude.

Lesson #1-Proper Posture at Address

Stand erect. Then Turn your feet outwards slightly (the distance between your heels should be no greater than the width of your shoulders). Now flex your knees a little until you can feel your weight moving forward on the arches of your feet; stick your rear end out- keeping your lower back straight- keep your chin up.

Let your arms hang down as if holding a club, and feel your upper arms resting lightly on your chest. Tilt your left hip and left shoulder up slightly and at the same time relax your right side, dropping your right shoulder just a fraction.

That's it! Your spine angle and centre of gravity are now correctly positioned. Check your position regularly in a mirror. With a little practice, you will look just like pros on television… (lefthanders, just reverse instruction).

Have a great week. Next lesson; The heartbeat of the swing- Proper Grip.

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