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Your posture is the key to setting yourself up for success in your golf game. So if you are an avid golfer who really wants to take your game to the next level, then focusing on your posture is the best way forward. In this article, I explain why good posture is perhaps one of the best, and perhaps also the trickiest parts of your game to improve.

Your posture has the most influence on how your body will move in your golf swing, and therefore can give you the most bang for your golfing buck. So what is good posture and how can it effect your golf swing? Well, first of all, I’d like to tell you what poor posture is. Poor posture is when you address the ball in a way that limits your body’s freedom to move efficiently. Typically, golfers with poor posture tend to stand with a rounded upper back or with an arched lower back.

The reasons for bad posture are sometimes as simple as having misconceptions of how you should stand over the ball, but all too often it’s caused by having muscle imbalances. Most times, they’re due to our lifestyles. We’re probably all too familiar with the comfort of sitting down for hours on end, no pun intended.

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The human body is not designed to sit for long periods of time. And with a sedentary lifestyle, our muscles tend to tighten up on the one side of our body, forcing the muscles on the opposite side to shut off. Over time, our bodies adjust to overusing one side and underusing the opposite side, and they kind of get stuck like that.

A typical problem area is the upper spine, which gets pulled into a forward-rounded position and results in it getting locked up with no chance of rotating efficiently in the golf swing. Another typical problem area are the muscles in the pelvis, which tighten up and pull the lower back into an arched position. Having an arched lower back typically shuts off your core muscles, and in the golf swing you don’t want to do that.

Your core muscles play an incredibly important role in your golf swing, because they act as the joining point between your lower body and your upper body, plugging these two powerful segments together to transfer energy efficiently throughout your body. Your core muscles also act as stabilizers that support your body throughout your golf swing and will help protect you from getting injuries. Therefore, in the golf swing, the core is the king.

Having poor posture will also force you to compensate in your golf swing by making unstable movements that cause inconsistent shots and a loss of distance. These compensations are often better known in the golfing world as “swing faults.” So if you want to tidy up your swing faults, why not start by improving your posture? Here’s how to do it.

Assess, don’t guess

Why bother wasting time guessing about your posture when you can get a physical assessment that will tell you exactly what’s going on with your body? I strongly recommend you visit a TPI expert, who can help you with both your assessment, and also remove any muscles imbalances you have through a fitness program.

You can get started here with a couple tests taken from my book, The Golfers Handbook: Save Your Golf Game and Your LIFE, followed by some corrective exercises that will get you started on the right path.

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OK, you’ve been tested and the cat is out of the bag, so to speak. You are either good to go, or you have some limitations and need to get them fixed… but that doesn’t mean you need to wait.

Watch the video at the top of the story and try using these tips when practicing. Perhaps every second or third shot, go through this practice routine that will guide you to learning good posture. Remember, good posture is a crucial key to allowing you to make a efficient and athletic golf swing, one that can transfer energy from your body out to your arms and eventually out to the golf ball consistently.

Stop wasting your time and get yourself set up for success!

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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 Coach Adam also offers online lessons and offers a monthly membership to help golfers stay committed to the process of improvement. All this and more can be ordered through his website www.golfadamstevenson.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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7 Comments

  1. Hen62

    May 7, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Great article, exactly what I needed.
    I love to play golf but lately I have had problems with my body.
    Most of these problems are coming from my bad golf posture and this was exactly what I needed to read. I went to buy your book and it’s been really helpful for me.
    (One note for you, your book is not available through iTunes in asia, no idea why)

    Thank you

    • Adam Stevenson

      May 25, 2016 at 3:02 am

      Hi Hen62, thank you for your comment and i wish you the best with your improved posture and golf game! I’ve tried to look into why the Golfers Handbook is not available in asia. It seems that at the moment there is no selling option for me in asia with iTunes. Strange i agree, thank you for letting me know about this.
      Best regards
      Adam

  2. Lars K

    May 6, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Great article Adam. Thanks

  3. RJ

    May 2, 2016 at 9:53 am

    This article contradicts the advice of The Anatomy of Greatness I just finished studying and partially integrating into my swing. Chambree argues for a more rounded upper back to free up the shoulder turn a bit.

    • B Clizzle

      May 2, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      That book is old and outdated
      Full of lies like kjv

    • Adam Stevenson

      May 25, 2016 at 3:15 am

      We all have different limitations or reasons to why we swing the club as we do. By rounding your shoulders forward your upper spine will not rotate efficiently meaning you won’t be able to utilize your body efficiently. Your body plays a huge part in generating power and shot consistency, so it would be highly beneficial to learn to utilize it efficiently in your golf swing.
      Best of luck RJ

      Best regards
      Adam

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