Proper Golf Posture: Tips And Drills To Improve It
Have you ever had your golf professional tell you that your golf posture is poor and that you need to have a correct spine alignment if you want to hit a longer golf drive?
Or, you are practicing your golf swing in front of a mirror, and you get that side view and see this big hump in your back?
No matter how hard you try to straighten it out, you just can’t get it to stay straight, especially after a couple of holes during your round. In fact, the more you try, the harder it is, and the more frustrated you get.
Check Out This Golf Video To Fix Your Posture
What Causes This Bad Posture?
Throughout the years, we’ve been sitting for 8 or more hours at our jobs, then we go home and sit for a few more hours. All the time with poor posture.
As the years go on, your muscles get both tight and weak, causing this sometimes dramatic curve (hump) in your upper back. You cannot fix this through thought.
What I mean is by trying to keep it straight. This is a “physical” issue and needs some simple, and easy exercises you can do anywhere to fix this debilitating golf swing restriction.
If you don’t read this and implement the simple exercises I’m going to show you, your golf swing will continue to lack power and consistency.
Let me explain, to help you understand the biomechanics of your golf swing.
Your golf swing is a rotary movement. Picture your spine as a rod that you have to rotate your body around, and this rod is very, very straight and rigid. Imagine a rotisserie on a barbeque. Your spine is a rotisserie.
If the rotisserie is straight, it spins perfectly, around and around. If it’s bent, it wobbles much slower and will not cook the chicken as well as it should, and it will take much longer to cook.
Let’s get back to your golf swing!
If your spine is curved, this will dramatically limit your ability to freely rotate back and through in your golf swing. Have you sometimes felt like you just can’t make a full turn no matter how hard you try?
This is the reason why!
Until you get your spine in alignment, you will continue to hit weak drives that very rarely go straight.
There are two main reasons why you can’t correct this through thought and effort. One, you have a very restricted chest and front shoulder area, which is pulling your shoulders forward causing the rounding of your upper back, and second over the years your upper back (spinal erector) muscles have weakened to the point of them being elastic and not firm.
Take a look at the picture below. The side view picture shows the accentuated curve in my upper back (white curved line you can barely see…sorry).
Now take a look below at this picture from the front. I am maintaining the incorrect curve in my back and trying to make a backswing. Notice how short and restricted it is?
Look how I can only go a little bit without coming out of my posture.
This is one of the MAIN reasons senior golfers can’t make a turn.
Now take a look at this side view (below). This is what you’re posture’s going to look like after you do the simple tips, drills and exercises that are in the video.
See the line I’ve drawn to show you how straight the spine is here? Believe it or not, I’m not having to put much effort into achieving this position, and neither will you.
Look at the turn you’ll soon make after you get this corrected. This is something you can definitely achieve, but you need to do the simple golf exercise and stretch that’s in the video.
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