Posture and Balance in Your Golf Swing

When I teach, good posture is not negotiable. Often times we go no remoter until this important zone is understood and learned.

What is Posture in Golf?

Posture is the word used to describe how the various parts of the soul are serried in the write position. In its simplest terms, posture is the position from which movement begins and ends. Posture affects these hair-trigger elements of the swing: balance, swing plane, and athleticism. Each of these elements is crucial to the distance, direction, and shape of the golf shot.

Jin Young Ko at the 2021 Meijer LPGA Classic. Photo Ben Harpring


Balance refers to the way the soul is controlled and poised throughout the swing. It influences club control, swing plane, and power.

Swing Plane

Swing plane is the plane in which the club is swung virtually the soul in making the swing. It influences the direction of the wittiness and the shape of the shot.


Athleticism refers to the tenancy of the when and forward swing with weight transfer and turn. This influences power and wittiness striking.

Poor golf shots are caused by a poor set up. A golf swing cannot be resulting and repeating if the soul is not in wastefulness at address. Once this wastefulness is compromised, there is increased tension in the soul and the club must be manipulated to tenancy it. There is a lack of rhythm and inconsistent wittiness striking (fat/thin/right/left). Not only is poor posture mechanically incorrect, it causes many aggravations and injuries to the lower back, upper back, shoulders, and elbows. Flexibility in the hamstrings and low when indulge golfers to unzip an platonic write position. Muscular strength provides stability in posture. Muscular endurance allows one to repeat this posture over and over then for a resulting swing.

Deb Vangellow

How to Get into a Well-turned Posture for Golf

A procedure I use to establish good wastefulness in a counter-balance mode is this:

Stand tall, feet under hips, golf club overdue your when welded at tailbone area, the center of your back between your shoulder blades and the when of your head. (everything is stacked and you are in solid wastefulness here).

Unlock your knees. (keep all three contact points with the golf club intact).

Bend forward from the hips well-nigh 34-38 degrees, seat and thighs will go back, and the wile of your spine and throne will be identical. You are now both forward and back: counterbalanced.

Arms hang straight down (pulled straight considering of gravity). Too far forward or when alters your balance.

In Gee Chun at the 2021 Meijer LPGA Classic. Photo by Ben Harpring

From this well-turned write position, you are steady and stable over your feet, the stovepipe have plenty of clearance to turn yonder from the wittiness with the club on plane and the soul weight coiling fluidly over the right leg on the backswing and then uncoiling when to the left leg on the downswing, and you are tension free.

The feedback you get based on wittiness flight and your well-turned finish position will tell you just how in-balance your set up was.

Feature Photo: Alison Lee at the 2021 Marathon Classic by LPGA Tour photographer Ben Harpring.

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