The Pyramid Of Learning (P2)
If you can get your posture right then the game will definitely become easier. The reason for this is that your posture controls the ‘balance points’ in your swing, and good balance is vital in helping you develop your game to its full potential.
A: To achieve perfect posture start by placing your thumbs on your hip joints (you can do this with or without holding a club). This ball and socket joint is where you bend, not from the waist as you see many amateurs do.
B: Lean forward putting your weight on the front of your feet and stretch your legs. This will give you the sensation that your heels are coming off the ground
C: Finally, flex you knees, feeling the pressure on your thighs. This movement will bring the balance to the balls of your feet and calves. This gives you a solid dynamic sensation with balance all around your feet.
A common fault is the tendency to sit back on your heels when your knees are flexed. Ensure the sensation of balance is maintained underneath the sternum and onto the balls of your feet.
‘ARM HANG’ & GRIP
Once you are in the correct posture, simply let your hands hang freely in front of your body. When you allow your hands to hang naturally and freely, natural forces will enable the arms to swing at their optimum speed and efficiency. Most golfers are taught to take a neutral grip with both thumbs pointing down the middle of the shaft. This is a potential recipe for disaster as a neutral grip
FINDING YOUR NATURAL GRIP
- Having adopted the correct arm-hang position relax the muscles as much as possible. You will find that your arms hang with the palms of both hands naturally facing towards the middle of your body. They will be equally opposing. This means that your arms and hands will be mirror images of each other. This is your unique arm-hang position and will not be the same for everybody
- Now squeeze your thumbs against your fore fingers. This will highlight the muscle between the thumb and fore finger which keeps the thumb in place during the swing,maintaining constant pressure on the grip
- With your hands equally opposing, let the thumb of your left hand fit in the groove beneath your right thumb and forefinger.
- Simulate this motion onto the grip of your club. This will give you your natural grip.
Regardless of the starting position at address, the hands will always try to find their natural position when in motion. Consequently, achieving a natural grip is paramount to delivering the clubhead squarely to the ball on a repetitive basis.
BODY POSITION – ESTABLISH EFFICIENT IMPACT DYNAMICS ATTHE SET – UP
Most sports are moving ball sports which rely on instinct and reaction to play them. In a game of tennis or football you automatically place your body in the correct position relative to the ball when hitting or kicking in a certain direction.
Imagine playing tennis on an uneven surface. It would be almost impossible to perform well as you would not be able to anticipate where the ball would be when you strike, and therefore unable to assume the correct body position relative to the ball. This would result in you having to make quick changes in your technique to compensate for poor ball/body position. And those compensations invariably spell inconsistency, as it is simply not possible to get the compensations right – especially when under pressure. All of these rules apply equally in golf. Although the ball is static, poor body position in relation to the ball will result in variable compensations in your technique.
The most efficient position for the head and spine at impact is behind the ball, and thus if you assume this position at address there will be no need to compensate during the swing. This body position will provide two constants which are vital for a sound repetitive motion. So that’s the foundations of the golf swing. You may think you know it all already and your basics are fine, but in my experience they are probably not. Most of the best players in the world check these fundamentals consistently every time they practice and play. Most of the top players continue to see a golf coach regularly and more often than not it is simple tweaks to the basic foundations of their swings that can have a significant impact on their results.
It’s simple to achieve and if you can build a consistent foundation then you have every chance when swinging of making your body and arm movements consistent enough to produce quality strikes on the ball.