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Friday, October 12, 2012

How Posture Affects Contact

I found this neat video by PGA Professional Steve Dahlby at the GolfTipsMag site. It talks about how your posture can affect whether you hit the ball fat or thin, on the toe or on the heel. Here, you can take a look at it, then I'll add a couple of comments:

Steve's suggestions are good ones. Both are good things to check since most players have these problems once in a while.

Toe or thin hits can be caused by standing up at some point during your swing. He suggests standing a bit farther from the ball and leaning forward a bit more from the hips.

Heel or fat shots can be caused by dipping at some point during your swing. He suggests doing the opposite -- move a bit closer to the ball and stand a bit taller.

In essence, he's trying to help you maintain your levels throughout your swing. I want to add a couple of other suggestions that can help you fix that problem.

You need to remember that problems often start from the ground up. If you're straightening up during your swing, you may be thinking about keeping your head down... but standing up starts from the ground. It's important for your trailing knee to remain slightly bent throughout your entire swing. (I like to keep both knees slightly bent until I reach my followthrough, when my lead knee will straighten. It IS possible to gain some extra power if you straighten your lead knee at the bottom of your downswing, but the timing can get a bit tricky. However, that trailing knee should stay slightly bent regardless.) That will eliminate most of your unintended upward movement.

That may also help with dipping too much. If your knees are already slightly bent, you're less likely to bend them more... and while you may bend at the hip when you dip, I bet you bend your knees as well. It's the natural reaction. Consider this a preemptive attack.

A drill that can help you learn to keep your knees flexed, maintain your posture, and help prevent swaying is one I recommend often, and it also comes from the GolfTipsMag site. It's called Body Movin' and you can get there by clicking this link. I really like it because it doesn't require a club; that means you can do it just about anywhere you have room to stand.

Try using these simple tips and you should start hitting the ball more in the center of the club face. That will help you with both distance and accuracy. Why settle for one when you can have both?

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