Just like in every sport, you need to maintain an appropriate stance in golf. Without it, you will not only end up pitching off the soil during your hit, but also end up sending the ball out of the greens or the fairway. However, no matter what we say, maintaining a proper golf posture is not easy. Even the professionals, who are well-versed with golf techniques, practice their stance before hitting the ball for any shot.
Since it is one of the important topics of concern, we will be discussing every fact related to the golf stance, like how to correct it, how to stand as per the club you are using, etc. So, let’s get started!
Why Is A Proper Stance Important For Every Golfer?
Before moving onto the main discussion, let us first notify you about the importance of a correct golf field stance. Many golfers, especially the amateurs, think that the professionals only brag about correcting the stance, and all that is needed for making a perfect shot is the aim and the right club. However, they are completely wrong, and here’s the proof why a proper instance is required:
- For taking a proper golf swing
With a correct posture, you will be able to take the swing correctly. A golf swing is important as it drives the ball into the air when you hit it with your club head. If your posture is not correct, your swing will go wrong, causing severe disasters.
- To avoid making a wrong shot
To avoid the wrong shot, you need to know what your body’s alignment should be. For example, let us assume you are planning to make a fade shot. For this, you need to lean onto your left, which is directly in line with the target’s left side. However, if you are not leaning down and hitting the ball while standing straight, the shot will never be close to a fade shot.
- To prevent any damage to the club
Sometimes, when the beginners make a shot with a wrong posture, they expose their clubs to some severe damages. Let’s say you are using a wedge to make a bunker shot. And your posture isn’t the one which should be for handling a wedge. So, when you hit the ball, you will have a bad interaction with the turf or send the ball to some other direction along with the club.
- To avoid any rough hit on your body
To make a swing, you need to put a lot of effort through your arms, shoulders, hip flexor muscles, calves, thighs, and even chest. If you have incorrect posture, you will end up with a muscle cramp or sore body parts at the end of the game. And, indeed, it is not something that you would want for yourself, right?
- Proper posture means good game
Golf is not just a game. It is instead an activity that imparts vibes of accuracy, precision, sophistication, and intelligence. But, if your posture is wrong, you would surely end up making a wrong impression on others.
How To Make The Stance Proper For A Shot?
Moving on to our focus of discussion, i.e., the golf stance, we would like to tell you that there are specific ways to perfect your stance out on the field. Yes, these aren’t the universal laws, but at least, these tips will give you an idea about how you can improve your golf stance during any shot. So, let’s start!
- Use your previous knowledge about any sport
If you were involved in any sport previously that included your body’s movement, you might use that knowledge to correct your stance. Yes, it is indeed true that there will never be a complete resemblance between two games, especially between golf and any other sport. Still, certain fundamentals are similar.
So, if you practice using a bat to hit the ball in cricket, you can use that knowledge to lean in a particular direction for adequately placing the club head on the ground.
- Study the 3-step posture routine
There are many mechanisms to stand on the golf field. However, one of the easiest and the most effective ways is the 3-step posture drill. Going with the name, you need to follow three consecutive steps to get into the stance. These are:
- First, stand with your legs spread apart in such a way where the toes will be in a direct vertical line with the end of your shoulder blades. Then, put both your hands forward in a straight line without a bend along your elbow joint.
The arms should be perfectly parallel to the ground. Also, make sure you are holding the club in your hand in the same direction as of your hands, perfectly parallel to the ground.
- Once this posture is correctly attended to, bend your knees slightly such that you bend in the lower direction as a whole. Bring down your arms till the biceps rest on your chest without bending your elbow joint.
Make sure you have only brought down your arms and not the club. The club’s alignment should be perfectly parallel with the ground. Keep your shoulders tout and back straight. Your hips will be pushed outwards slightly in this position, and your weight will be rested on your hip muscles and the calves.
- After this, bend down but in a slow face just enough to make sure that your club head touches the surface. Do not bend your wrist or change the alignment of the club’s shaft. Keep your shoulders straight without hunching. Do not put pressure on the club. Instead, you will have to support your weight on your hips, legs, calves, and shoulders.
- Bring in finesse to your stance with the extremes
Next, you need to know more about the three different posture types that the golfers usually practice. These are the extreme postures required to bring in finesse to your style and stance. So, let’s learn more about these:
- C posture
Here, your upper torso, including your shoulders and hips, will form a C curve, while your legs will be straight, with a non-existent bend by your knees. Your arms will be straight and in a vertical position, such that these form a perpendicular plane with the ground.
Make sure your head is in a parallel line with the ground. Rigidness should be present around the shoulder joints, hips, knees, and the elbows.
- Neutral posture
In the neutral posture, the hips are tilted but not excessively like in the S posture. Also, your back will be bent, but it should be in a straight line such that there is a minimum of a ninety-degree angle between your back and your thighs.
- S posture
In this position, your hips will be pushed outwards in a way where there will be a slant in your thighs, but the calves will be straight. Your spine should have a slight dip in the middle to form an arch, just like the S-shape.
Your shoulders should be tout with your arms vertically resting against your chest. Your head and neck need to fall in a straight line with the inclination of your spine.
- Don’t move out of your comfort zone immediately
Never assume a posture that you think is not comfortable for you. For example, you indeed need to spread your legs wider. But, you cannot do a split with a length greater than your shoulder length. Always use a stance which you are comfortable in and also confident.
- Know your body’s weak spots
Not every player has every muscle strong and every bone working correctly. If you are suffering from any internal disorder or injury, you will have to consider it. You cannot use those weak spots to make the swing because not only will it put pressure on those spots, but you might be rendered useless for the next shot.
- Put pressure in the exact locations as needed for the spot
When you study different postures, make sure you learn about the exact points where you need to distribute your weight while getting into the stance. For example, in the S-posture, your hips will be tilted in an outward direction excessively. So, it would help if you do exactly the same and remove the weight from your back to your hips.
- Have total control on your muscles
It will help if you have supreme control over your muscles and bones. If you think that your right arm is shaking a lot while holding the club, do not use the hand to handle the club’s weight. Use your left hand, which is way too stronger. Without control of your muscles, you won’t have any control over the swing, the ball speed, and the shot’s direction.
- Be neither a rigid statue nor a loose one
Lastly, you cannot be in a proper stance if you are too rigid or too loose. It is important to be flexible to introduce an arc in your hips or split up your legs without stretching the thigh muscles and the flexors. You need a firm grip over your body, which won’t restrict the swing movements.
How Should The Stance Vary With The Club You Are Playing With?
You have a basic knowledge about the golf stance, right?
We will now discuss the slight variations that you need to bring in with each type of club you will be handling. A golf club set has five major types of clubs: the woods, irons, wedges, fairway, and the putters. Each of these club types has different features: the loft angle, the sole, the bounce angle, or the shaft length.
Due to these variations, your stance should also vary as per the club type. Here is how you have to bring in the changes as per the club you will be using.
- When you are using the driver or the fairway wood clubs, you have to further spread your legs than your shoulder width by two to three inches.
- When you are using the shorter length irons and the wedges, your stance should be narrower. So, draw in your feet and use the smaller distance for making the perfect chipping and pitching shots.
What Are The Common Posture Errors You Need To Avoid While Playing?
Lastly, we need to discuss the mistakes that the players often commit while getting into a posture for taking a shot. This will let you know further about improving your stance without making the fundamental mistakes.
- Do not flare out your toes in the outward direction in case of wider stances.
- Do not bend the knees too much such that it looks like you are practicing squats instead of playing golf.
- Tighten the biceps and the forearm muscles such that your wrists are locked in this position.
- Keep your left arm straight while taking a swing, but your right arm should be bent when you play with your right hand.
- Do not rotate the shoulders unless you are taking the big shots. Ensure that while you are fixing your arms’ posture, your shoulders are moving from their alignment.
- Do not make yourself too rigid to even turn a little around while taking the easiest shot.
- Your head shouldn’t cross your chin level in the horizontal direction. Either you need to keep it straight in line with your back or keep it parallel to the ground.
Maintaining the right posture in golf is not only a way of learning the game properly but also a medium to channel your energy throughout your body. So, study this guide and then correctly take a posture that will be comfortable for you. Do not get into a stance that you haven’t practiced before on the field.