5 Golf Tips: Stance
There are 5 golf tips: stance that will help you improve your game considerably. A successful golf game is built on muscle memory and technique and this can be helped significantly by starting with a good foundation in your stance.
- Feet placement. Keep your feet at about shoulder width, and have your weight distributed evenly between them. You’re going to be shifting your weight back and forth over the course of your swing, so your feet need to be set firmly in your stance, with proper balance between them.
- Bend your knees. Again, with a focus on balance, keeping your knees bent when you get into your stance will help you maintain balance throughout your swing and as you shift your weight from back foot to front. Have a relaxed little bounce before you start your swing.
- Closeness to the ball. In getting into their stance, amateur golfers may feel they need to stand close. This gives them a feeling of security. In reality when you set up your stance, be far enough away from the ball that a bit of a reach with your hands puts you at the proper address of the ball. You are going to naturally reach a bit when you swing, so give yourself room for it in your stance.
- Ball in the front or back of your stance. This varies a bit by golfer, but typically when you are driving the ball or hitting a wood, you will keep the ball further ahead in your stance (toward your left foot, for a right-handed golfer). For irons, when you are hitting down on the ball, keep the ball further back in your stance.
- Stay square. One of the keys to hitting the ball straight, is having your club face make contact with the ball when it is squared up with it, so not slicing across it or turning over and causing a hook. If you start off with your feet square – your feet parallel to your target – you’re more likely to hit the ball at the proper moment in your swing.
Posted on: May. 01, 2010