Sat. May 18th, 2024

Every instructor you work with will emphasize good posture while playing golf.  The ideal is lining up your spine, knees, and feet with your back knee points at the target.  Of course, you know all of this, but implementation is far more difficult.

With proper alignment, your golf swing will become more consistent.  As you address the ball, you recite the litany:

  • Stand straight
  • Keep legs straight
  • Relax the arms, but keep them straight
  • Hold the club at waist height
  • Tilt forward from the hips
  • Keep your back straight until your club touches the ground
  • Now shift your weight to the balls of your feet
  • Ease your knees

It feels as though you are doing everything correctly, and yet…

As you practice on your own, one of the best tools is a golf putting mirror.  By consistently looking at the same spot, you will be better able to maintain good posture.  Check yourself in the mirror. Step away and do it again.  With some diligent practice, you will find that your body will assume the correct posture without the mirror.

If you find that you are losing posture during the swing, some of the causes could be:

  • Flexibility.  If you are unable to rotate into the swing, check to see if your hips and/or shoulders are stiff.  There are exercises that you can do to keep these joints moving well.
  • Muscles.  If your muscles are overtired from lack of sleep, too much sitting, or overexertion, you will find it difficult to maintain good spinal alignment.
  • Core.  Having strong core muscles in the abdomen, hips, and buttocks will help keep the spine at correct angles.

Some other areas you may want to consider include:

  • Width of your stance.  For middle irons, keep your legs shoulder-width apart.  With longer clubs (woods or drivers), widen that gap a bit.  If you are dealing with short irons, wedges, or chipping, bring it in about an inch or so.
  • Balance.  Keeping a strong core will allow you to shift your balance when necessary.  Middle iron shots dictate that the balance is evenly distributed on both feet.  With shorter irons and clubs, favor the target side.  Long clubs mean a bit more weight on the back foot.

Of course, ball placement makes a significant difference.  Your arms should not reach but should be comfortably hanging down.  If you find you are holding your arms too close to your body, relax a bit.  Each shot is different based on the club length and your angle of delivery.

For more information about putting mirrors or other techniques and tools to help you improve your golf posture, contact us at  We have extremely knowledgeable associates who will be happy to answer your questions or help you decide which model will best serve your needs.

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