Golf swings are not worth taking unless you are in the right position to start.
Whether you are an amateur or professional golfer, proper posture is key to ensuring you are in the right starting position. In fact, it’s more in-depth than just a Proper golf stance, setup, or grip.
Want to learn the correct golf posture and how to get in that position every time? We’ve got you covered.
What is perfect golf posture?
The key components of a perfect golf posture include:
- An upright stance with shoulders back and the chin held up high
- Slight bend in the hips while maintaining the proper spine angle
- Flex in the knees, just enough to reduce pressure
- Arms relaxed and straight, not reaching for the ball
- Weight balanced with the majority of weight focused in the center of the feet
Golf posture incorporates both the position of your upper body and your lower body. The proper golf posture allows for more stability throughout the swing and consistency in your shots.
Why is golf posture important?
Poor golf posture leads to inconsistent shots hit by a player. Essentially if your knees are bent too much, and you are hunched over, you increase your chance of hitting behind the ball. And if you are too upright and reach for the golf ball, you may hit it thin.
See our popular post here on how to Stop thin and fat shots.
In addition, golf posture also incorporates the concept of weight balance. When weight is not balanced between the left and the right and from the heel to toe, the swing will be off right from the start.
Lastly, golf posture becomes important because it doesn’t always feel natural.
Chances are you have played other sports and been told about an “athletic position.” With the game of golf, things are just a little different, and the correct golf stance and golf posture takes a little more effort.
How to get perfect posture every time
For most great golfers, the natural posture is simple to repeat. These players often have to work on proper alignment or Interlock vs overlap grip, but the posture seems to come naturally. If you aren’t there yet, below are the steps to perfect the position.
Step 1: Athletic stance
Start with your feet shoulder-width apart and grip your golf club so that it is in line with your belly button and facing straight up in the air. At this point, you will not have a spinal tilt.
Step 2: Bend at the hips
Next, you must bend at the hips to get into the proper golf swing posture. If you bend at the knees, you’re no longer in the same powerful position. Bend enough to feel like you are on a higher stool.
Step 3: Drop the arms
Now that you have that perfect spine angle, you can drop the arms and let them hang down both relaxed and straight. Feel free to move if you feel too far or close to the ball.
Step 4: Make sure it’s a balanced golf stance
If you want to hit consistent shots and make an athletic swing, ensure your weight is balanced in the center of your foot. I did some work on my golf swing recently as I had too much weight on my heels at set up, which became a problem in the backswing.
Move your weight from heel to toe until you find the center. One of the most common golf posture faults in the Golf swing sequence is poor body weight positioning.
Step 5: Get comfortable
Once you have the proper ball position, body angles, foot position, and club position, you must get comfortable. Don’t feel stiff and rigid; loosen up and get comfortable. Golf is not meant to feel entirely uncomfortable!
Remember that your driver setup will differ from your iron set up, but your posture should remain relatively the same. The core muscles that give you the power you need in your swing need to be engaged, and the right posture will do that all the way through the Golf swing follow through.
How can i improve my Golf swing posture
I’ve played around with different positions in my posture for several years before deciding on something that feels like a neutral position for my golf game. I did notice that bad posture makes it difficult to get the distance and accuracy I expect.
Here are a few ways to improve posture.
- Work on a golf posture drill where you set up in front of a mirror; you can do this with or without a golf club.
- When hitting golf balls on the range, step away from each one before you take your golf shots; rushing the setup will have you struggling to get the proper posture, golf grip, body position, and stance.
- Improve your overall core strength, strong abdominal muscles can help you with muscle memory and feeling like you are always at the perfect Golf angle of attack to hit a great shot.
I know golf posture is boring to practice, but if you want to hit driver shots and iron shots dead center, you must give yourself a chance first. Finding the proper posture and adding that to a perfect golf setup is key to becoming a lower-handicap golfer.
Bad posture habits can sneak up on you if you don’t take a video or a picture of your swing occasionally. If there is a mirror on your driving range, take full advantage of it.
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