Golf Playing Tips: Posture

Posture is one of the most underrated parts of playing good golf. If you are going to make consistent swings that result in quality shots hole after hole, you will need to start with a solid posture. Good posture can change a little bit from player to player, but some of the main ingredients look the same across all golfers.

Balance is a key to hitting the golf ball solidly, and good balance is a byproduct of good posture. You want to feel free in your golf swing to be as aggressive as you want, but you won’t be able to give it your all if you feel like your balance could go off track at any moment. Building a good posture will help give you confidence in your balance, and your swing by extension.

An address position that has good posture usually features three key elements -

  • Sitting position. Almost every good golfer has the same position with their legs before the start of the swing. Knees are bent, and the big muscles at the top of the legs are engaged and holding you in position. Golfers who try to play straight-legged with little bend in the knees usually lack power and have a tough time hitting solid shots.
  • Chin up. Keeping your chin up at address is another vital element to good posture. When your chip is up, your back is in better alignment and promotes a better turn in your backswing. Be careful not to tuck your chin into your chest at address or you could end up with a limited turn and a loss of power.
  • Shoulder-width feet. If you allow your feet to get any further than shoulder-width apart, you will struggle to make a good turn and rotate through the ball correctly. Conversely, a stance that is too narrow can push you off balance and stop you from swinging as aggressively as you would like. Stay right around shoulder-width with your stance to form a stable foundation on which to build a good swing.

Posture isn’t the most exciting thing to practice at the driving range, but it is well worth your time. In fact, it might be the single most important thing you can do for your game because it affects every shot you hit. Spend some time rehearsing your posture in a mirror until you are happy with how it looks, and you can take it properly time after time.