How you set up to hit the golf ball is probably the most crucial part of your golf. Last time we talked about how your ability to rotate with control and produce power from the end range of your movement is crucial for a powerful, accurate, consistent swing – and good scores!
So now that you have done all those wonderful repetitions to get that range of movement and the control with it – it’s equally important that you know how to use it!
our spinal posture should stay almost the same when you are at the address position as when you are just standing upright. The only thing that changes is that your head posture sinks a little (about 3-6 cm) towards the ground from your normal spinal angles. When I tell this to my clients, at first they are shocked and then slightly angry that they haven’t figured this out for themselves earlier, because it makes totally sense.
A simple drill is to take one of your clubs, hold it with one hand and put it along your spine so your other palm is facing away from your body at the lower back. Your palm should fit snugly between the shaft and the spine.
You should have three points of contact with your club: head, shoulders and tailbone. This is your neutral spine angle. Now tilt forwards from the hip like you are you were about to hit a golf ball and you may drop slightly from you head – and voila!
This is now your neutral spine angle at the golf address position. Very simple but extremely important!
Good luck with your new golf posture drill!