A couple weeks ago we released something exciting, our Pure Your Irons Blueprint. In last week’s blog we covered how to build the correct grip, so this week we’re working on posture and balance in the golf swing.
Too often we see players working on lots of dynamic elements of the backswing when they’re struggling to strike their irons pure, but the correct posture and balance are regularly over-looked. They’re integral parts of the swing, and a bad posture and balance can cause a poor pivot and weight shift. So it’s super important to get these elements spot on, so let’s breakdown exactly what you guys should be aiming for.
The best way to check your posture and balance is to film from both down the line, and face-on. This way you can draw the line we’re about to speak about to check you’re in the correct position.
Here are four key points to look for when assessing your stance:
When we say draw the line, here is what we mean-
Filming from down the line, you want to draw a vertical line down to the floor from your tricep. The line should pass just in front of your knees and then go into the toes, this shows you are standing the correct distance away from the golf ball.
Too much hip flex and the line won’t pass through the knees, but too much knee flex and the line will cut through the knees excessively.
This is a great drill to do as you can do it without any help from anyone else, and can clearly see if you’re in the right position. Remember to film and draw the line regularly to always check you’re getting yourself into the best posture possible to hit the ball.
To ensure you have the correct weight distribution when addressing the ball, place an alignment stick under the arches of your feet. Then, take your set-up and notice where you weight is in relation to the stick, is the majority of your weight in front of the stick or behind?
Ideally we’re looking for an even weight distribution across the feet, as we tend to find when people set up with most of their weight in the heels or the toes this can contribute to heel and toe strikes with the club.
A good even balance across the feet allows us to use the ground to create a good pivot, and therefore more power and this is really where the improved ball striking begins.
From face-on, you also need to check that the upper body is stacked nicely over the lower body. So when reviewing your swing on video, be sure to draw a box from your heels over your head. The idea here being that your body should stay centred within this box.
In terms of the ball position, you should aim for just ahead of centre. But this can come down to personal preference, so play around with ball position a bit to find how you like it and where you hit it best from.
If you’ve loved all the information in this blog then you definitely need to check out Step 2 of our “Pure Your Irons” Blueprint. The best bit? It’s free to watch.
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