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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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