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How to Maintain Great Posture in Your Golf Swing

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Golf is a rotational sport similar to other sports like baseball and hockey, which means we generate a lot of our speed from the turning of our bodies in our golf swing. So having the ability to turn your body is a huge advantage when trying to generate club head speed. One of the main differences between great ball strikers like Sergio Garcia and golfers that struggle to hit the ball consistently, however, is that the great ball strikers manage to maintain their great posture in their golf swings. Golfers that are struggling… they usually don’t.

The facts are that a lot of golfers that I work with on a daily basis struggle to hit the ball consistently, and one of the main reasons is that they lose their posture at some point in their golf swing. A lot of them are almost standing up as they are making their backswing, and others are standing up through impact as their hips move closer to the ball with their torso and head straightening up in order to maintain balance and not fall forward. When this happens, they lose both their posture and the ability to hit the ball with any kind of authority.

If this sounds like you, or perhaps someone you know, then your body will be turning from a too upright position that might work really great if you were playing baseball. But this is not baseball, it is golf, where the ball is played from the ground and not waist height. So to gain more consistency and perhaps add more yardage to your shots, you need to learn how to maintain your posture while turning your body in your golf swing.

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This is done by doing two things. The first is having a great posture at your setup, and the second is learning how to maintain that great posture by doing something called side bend while making your golf swing.

So let’s start by working on attaining great posture. The thing about great posture is that it can be slightly challenging for a lot of golfers to attain. This is usually due to muscle imbalances that can prevent setting up to the ball properly. Now I know you may be thinking, “Muscle imbalances, not me. When I was in college I used to be the best lawn bowler on the team…” or whatever sport you played. But the facts are that muscle imbalances are often due to our lifestyles and quite usually not felt on a daily basis. So you most likely don’t even know that you have any imbalances, even if you do.

If you are serious about your golf, and I know you are, then it would be a great idea to get yourself screened from a TPI certified expert. Or if you don’t have an expert in your area, then there are some self-screening tests and exercises that will assist you in my first book, the Golfers Handbook.

In this first video, I demonstrate an exercise that will help you learn good posture. If done regularly, it can actually be used as a correctional exercise that will help you loosen up some of the those muscle imbalances so that you can attain great posture.

Now that you’ve gained great posture at your setup, you need to learn how to maintain it while turning your body in your swing. This is done by gaining side bend. I explain what side bend is in the next video and demonstrate how you can learn to maintain it by doing some warm up exercises.

By creating great posture and learning how to maintain it with side bend in your golf swing, you too will be on your way to becoming a great ball striker.

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Adam is a PGA Professional and TPI Certified Fitness and Medical Coach. He enjoys working with golfers of all ages and levels of expertise, and his approach is to look at every golfer as an individual to try to help them achieve their goals as effectively and efficiently as possible. He is also the author of two books: The Golfers Handbook - Save your golf game and your life! (available on iTunes and Amazon) And his new book, My Mind Body Golf Please visit the links below to find out more about Adams books. http://mymindbodygolf.weebly.com http://www.golfers-handbook.com "The golf swing may be built from the ground up, but the game of golf is built from the head down" - My Mind Body Golf Aside being an author, Adam is also a public speaker, doing workshops and lectures introducing concepts of athletic movement for golfers of all ages and levels of expertise.

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  1. TC

    Jul 11, 2017 at 9:53 am

    This is something I used to do naturally. I’d definitely like to note that there is a fine line between this “side bend” in the take away, and bending towards the target line, and if your hips are off a little bit, you will rotate too laterally behind the ball. Much of this also comes to loading and keeping more weight on the lead foot in the golf swing, which last time I checked, was something that Sergio was known to do. It’s also the way I’ve gotten the most consistent results in my swing too, granted I’m certainly no major champion, it worked. Not quite stack and tilt, but favoring the lead side. Those two combinations gave me more power and consistency

    Also, as Darrell said, it’s hard on your back to bend one way and twist another, etc. Proper posture will certainly help, but the spine can, and will only handle so much, no matter how fit you are. I wouldn’t say this posture equates to certain death to your spine, but it is a swing technique that I did notice causing a bit more strain on the spine than some others, but not necessarily enough to steer someone away from trying it. I think the results are really good, and after moving away from it for a short time, I’m working my way back into it now.

  2. Dave R

    Jul 11, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Yep

  3. Darrell Klassen

    Jul 10, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    The move, as explained here, it what screwed up Colin Montgomery’s back.

  4. Darrell Klassen

    Jul 10, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    I don’t stick my nose in, usually, but the move as explained here is what screwed up Colin Montgomery’s back.

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A Jedi Mind Trick For Improved Target Awareness

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I think all golfers, at some point in their life playing the game of golf, has gotten stuck, or become frozen over the golf ball. Why?  They’re trying to remember which of the 23 different swing thoughts they used for the day performed the best.

The disheartening reality: none of us are going to perform well on a consistent basis with our thoughts being so internally driven. Swing thoughts force our awareness inward. Is the shaft in the correct position? Am I making a proper pressure shift? Was that a reverse pivot? Close that club face! Regardless of the technique you are trying to manage or modify, these kinds of questions make you acquire sensations internally.

To complicate things further, we are taught to look at the golf ball, not the target, while hitting our golf shot. And yet instinctively, in almost all other skills of making a ball or object finish towards a target (throwing a ball or frisbee, kicking a soccer ball, skipping a rock across water, shooting a basket ball) our awareness is not on the ball or the motion itself, but rather the ultimate target.

So, can we develop a skill that allows us to still keep our eye on the ball, like the game of golf encourages, but have awareness of our target, like so many other target sports demand?  Yes, the answer is (third rate Yoda Speak), and the skill can easily be yours.

Here’s where this gets fun. You already have learned this skill set, but under different conditions. Perhaps this example resonates with you. Did you ever play hide-and-seek as a child? Remember how you used to close your eyes and count to 10? During those 10 seconds of having your eyes closed, weren’t you using all of your senses externally, trying to track where your friends were going to hide? Weren’t you, just like a bloodhound, able to go directly to a few of the less skillful hiders’ hiding places and locate them?

Or how about this example. When you are driving down your own local multilane highway, aren’t you aware of all the cars around you while keeping your eyes firmly on the road in front of you? Reconnecting, recognizing and/or developing these skills that all of us already use is the first step in knowing you’re not too far away from doing this with your golf game.

Here’s what I want you to do. Grab a putter and place your golf ball 3 feet away from the hole on a straight putt. Aim your putter, and then look at the hole. As you bring your eyes back to the golf ball, maintain part of your awareness back at the hole. Each successive time your eyes leave your golf ball and head back to the hole, your eyes will be able to confirm your target. It hasn’t moved; it’s still in the same location; your confidence builds.

When you know for certain that your external awareness of the target is locked in while still looking at your golf ball, step up and execute your putt.

The wonderful beauty of this skill set is that you now have the best of both worlds. You are still looking at the golf ball, which gives you a better chance of striking the golf ball solidly… AND you are now target aware just like you are when you are throwing an object at a target.

As always, acquire this skill set from a close target with a slower, smaller motion. If you don’t execute properly, you have a better chance of making the proper corrective assessment from a slower, smaller motion and closer target. As you become more proficient with this skill, allow the target to get farther away and try to add more speed with a larger range of motion.

So give learning this skill set a go. I don’t think there is anything more valuable in playing the game of golf than keeping your “athlete” attached to the target. Become proficient at developing this awareness and you can tell all your friends that the primary reason your scores are getting lower and you’re getting deeper into their wallets is because of Jedi Mind tricks. Good luck!

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6 things to consider before aiming at the flagstick

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One of the most impactful improvements you can make for your game is to hit more greens; you’ll have more birdie opportunities and will avoid bogeys more often. In fact, hitting more greens is the key to golfing success, in my opinion… more so than anything else.

However, there is a misconception among players when it comes to hitting approach shots. When people think “greens,” they tend to only think about the flagstick, when the pin may be the last thing you should be looking at. Obviously, we’d like to stick it on every shot, but shooting at the pin at the wrong time can cost you more pain than gain.

So I’d like to give you a few rules for hitting greens and aiming at the flagstick.

1) Avoid Sucker Pins

I want you to think about Hole No. 12 at Augusta and when the pin is on the far right side of the green… you know, the Sunday pin. Where do the pros try and aim? The center of the green! That’s because the right pin is by all means a sucker pin. If they miss the shot just a touch, they’re in the water, in the bunker, or left with an impossible up-and-down.

Sucker pins are the ones at the extreme sides of the green complex, and especially the ones that go against your normal shot pattern.

So go back to No. 12 with a far right pin, and say your natural shot shape is right-to-left. Would you really aim out over the water and move it towards the pin? That would be a terrible idea! It’s a center of the green shot all day, even for those who work it left-to-right. Learn to recognize sucker pins, and you won’t short side yourself ever again.

2) Are You a Good Bunker Player?

A “sucker pin,” or just a difficult hole location, is often tucked behind a bunker. Therefore, you should ask yourself, “am I a good bunker player?” Because if you are not, then you should never aim at a pin stuck behind one. If I wanted to shoot at pins all day, I’d make sure I was the best lob wedge player around. If you are not a short-game wizard, then you will have a serious problem attacking pins all round.

For those who lack confidence in their short game, or simply are not skilled on all the shots, it’s a good idea to hit to the fat part of the green most of the time. You must find ways to work around your weaknesses, and hitting “away” from the pin isn’t a bad thing, it’s a smart thing for your game.

3) Hitting the Correct Shelf

I want you to imagine a pin placed on top of a shelf. What things would you consider in order to attack this type of pin? You should answer: shot trajectory, type of golf ball, your landing angle with the club you’re hitting, the green conditions, and the consequences of your miss. This is where people really struggle as they forget to take into account these factors.

If you don’t consider what you can and cannot do with the shot at hand, you will miss greens, especially when aiming at a pin on a shelf. Sometimes, you will simply have to aim at the wrong level of the green in order to not bring the big number into play. Remember, if you aim for a top shelf and miss, you will leave yourself with an even more difficult pitch shot back onto that same shelf you just missed.

4) Know your Carry Distances

In my opinion, there is no excuse these days to not know your carry distances down to the last yard. Back when I was growing up, I had to go to a flat hole and chart these distances as best I could by the ball marks on the green. Now, I just spend an hour on Trackman.

My question to you is if you don’t know how far you carry the ball, how could you possibly shoot at a pin with any type of confidence? If you cannot determine what specific number you carry the ball, and how the ball will react on the green, then you should hit the ball in the center of the green. However, if the conditions are soft and you know your yardages, then the green becomes a dart board. My advice: spend some time this off-season getting to know your distances, and you’ll have more “green lights” come Spring.

5) When do you have the Green Light?

Do you really know when it’s OK to aim at the pin? Here are some questions to ask yourself that will help:

  • How are you hitting the ball that day?
  • How is your yardage control?
  • What is the slope of the green doing to help or hinder your ball on the green?
  • Do you have a backstop behind the pin?

It’s thoughts such as these that will help you to determine if you should hit at the pin or not. Remember, hitting at the pin (for amateurs) does not happen too often per nine holes of golf. You must leave your ego in the car and make the best decisions based on what information you have at that time. Simple mistakes on your approach shot can easily lead to bogeys and doubles.

6) When is Any Part of the Green Considered a Success?

There are some times when you have a terrible angle, or you’re in the rough/a fairway bunker. These are times when you must accept “anywhere on the green.”

Left in these situations, some players immediatly think to try and pull off the “miracle” shot, and wonder why they compound mistakes during a round. Learn to recognize if you should be happy with anywhere on the green, or the best place to miss the ball for the easiest up and down.

Think of Ben Hogan at Augusta on No. 11; he said that if you see him on that green in regulation then you know he missed the shot. He decided that short right was better than even trying to hit the green… sometimes you must do this too. But for now analyze your situation and make the best choice possible. When in doubt, eliminate the big numbers!

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Is There An Ideal Backswing?

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In this video, I talk about the backswing and look into optimal positions. I also discuss the positives and negatives of different backswing positions.

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