Proper Posture and Turn


The game of golf is largely dependant on the “swing” of the club. If the golf swing is perfect then I can expect my technique to lower my scores due to the lack of variability.

Ben Hogan describes this phenomenon as having a repeatable swing. He talks a great deal about a repeatable swing because that is how you score in the clutch. He states that a “repeatable swing” is one that gets BETTER when the pressure is highest.

The swing depends on proper body posture and shoulder turn given your personal physics. The way the knees are bent, the hips are bent, the arms hang down, and the weight is distributed between the heels and the balls of the feet determine the posture needed for the swing.

I was taught during a training session with a pro that a good golf shoulder turn is where the turn goes around the spine while the golfer is doing a backswing and downswing.

The head should stay fairly still and the focus should be on swinging around a pivot point (in other words the spine can be moving back and forth, but the ANGLE should not really move until the swing has completed through the ball.

Longer golf shots require the flexibility to have even more of a shoulder turn. If done properly the correct inside path for the club is created and then kept all the way through.

If you get outside of your physical limitations, this is when trouble creeps into the game. Decent coaches are able to tell you some techniques to improve golf swings.

E-books have been a big help to me, mainly due to teaching me to stay within my limitations. Watch Rory McIlroy’s backswing and you will immediately see that his flexibility is not realistic for most of us, so don’t injure yourself trying to copy it.

A good golf turn helps make a wide arc with the club and thus creates maximum clubhead energy and also creates leverage needed for the club head to impact the ball properly and send it to the target. I’ve learned that a bent lead arm means the arc or width of the club is reduced and the swing is not maximized to strike the ball with the greatest centrifugal force.

Moreover, an incorrect shoulder turn in relation to the spine angle means the striking line is most likely incorrect and may be to steep. Not much good will come of this if you are expecting the golf ball to hit your target without a proper swing.

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