Many of our students at
the Kapalua Golf Academy complain of inconsistency and lack of distance within
their ball striking. A common cause for this is poor posture. The next time you
go to the practice facility, take a couple of extra minutes to check your posture.
What we are ultimately trying to achieve is a very athletic position, one which
combines a proper spine angle with good knee flex. Stand up straight with the
insides of your feet approximately shoulder width apart. Place a golf club horizontally
across your hips directly beneath your belt buckle.
Bend forward from your hip sockets (not the center of your back) while pushing
the club up and back until your chest is over your feet. Bend slightly back from
your knees allowing your arms to hang naturally below your shoulders. You should
feel that your weight is centered, not back on your heels or too far forward past
the balls of your feet. During your swing, your spine angle should typically remain
constant eliminating any bending or straightening. Because the golf swing is a
sequence of movements, initiating the motion correctly will reduce unnecessary
compensations leading to a more consistant swing with added power.