2012-02-24 / Sports

Helpful Golf Instruction Tips For All Levels

By Joel Garyn U.S.G.T.F. Golf Professional

Hello Golfers. This week we will work on another important fundamental, “Posture and Stance.”

Please do not take this lightly as it is so very important to be set up correctly before you start your back swing. A player must have good posture and the correct stance in order to move his arms and club on the proper plane. These, in turn, lead to the angle of attack and the ability to make contact through the ball with a square centered club face.

You have learned that the Grip is responsible for the position of the club face at the moment of impact. Your posture and stance determine the plane on which the club travels. POSTURE

Also referred to as stance, this is the position you put your body into when setting up to hit the ball. Setting up to the ball is also referred to as addressing the ball. Your posture is the foundation or base of the golf swing. Good posture is important to develop maximum power during the swing.

When setting up to hit the ball, the inside of your feet should be approximately shoulder width apart. When using your shorter irons 7, 8, 9 and wedge you may narrow your stance slightly. Your weight should be evenly distributed on the balls of your feet.


While standing up straight hold the club at waist height, parallel to the ground. It is important to create an angle between your arms and the club.

Next, set the club on the ground by bending at the WAIST. Remember to keep your back straight and maintain the angle between your arms and the club. Last thing is to flex your knees slightly.

Please work on the above instruction and this again can be done at home in front of a mirror.

Faults to avoid are incorrect posture reduces your chance of executing a good golf shot.

The following are areas to be aware of and correct: 1-Too much tension in your hands and arms; 2-Overuse of your hands during the swing; 3-Poor balance; 4-Incorrect use of your legs during the swing.

This is worth repeating: Back is straight not hunched; Knees are flexed not straight; Knees are flexed too much; Reaching too far at set up to put club behind ball. (Good thought is to have the butt end of club a clenched fist width from your body) Proper Hand Position

They should be in a relaxed position just LEFT of the center of your body. Back of left hand should be slightly ahead of ball at address.

You should have the feeling like your hands are extending out from the inside of your left leg.

Do not put your elbows too close together when addressing the ball. This will only add too much unwanted tension to your upper arms and restrict your arm swing. Let your arms hang down in a relaxed manner.

Next week, we will talk about ball position and alignment. Have a great week and practice.

Private or group lessons are available either at Riis Park Pitch and Putt or at the Brooklyn Golf Center Driving Range. Call Joel Garyn, U.S.G.T.F. Golf Pro at 718-253-6816 or 1-347-404-3751.

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