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Golf Stance…And Its Physical Requirements

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Golf stance is one of the most ignored terms and issues in the golf swing and yet the golf stance dictates the success of every golf swing you make.When golfers think of golf stance, they don't realize how hard it is to maintain over 18 holes (four and a half hours). Just take a look at the position your body is in during your set up. There are many physical issues taking place, even though it is a static position at the start.Let's go over the physical requirements of the golf stance right now.Bend At Hips To Address Golf BallTo achieve this initial movement takes strength and flexibility in not only the lower back, but the hamstrings and core muscle groups. If these muscle groups are limited, you will have a very difficult time achieving this simple move.Flex In The KneesA combination of bending at the hips and knees allows you to get to the ball. The shorter the club, the more the bend at both the hips and knees.

If your quadriceps are weak, you will have a very difficult time maintaining the proper knee flex therefore causing you to create in improper golf stance…resulting in mishits and lack of distance.Ankle FlexionTake a look at the ankle joint of any golfer. It is definitely bent (flexed) to accommodate the bending of the knees and hips. If your calf muscles are weak/or tight, you will find it very uncomfortable to stay down at the ball. I see so many golfers with tight calf muscles and they never even knew it.Spine Extension (Erectness)This is a BIGGY! How many times have you seen the golfer (maybe even you) in his/her golf stance with the dread ‘camels back?' This is very common among older golfers and is a KILLER in the golf swing. I could (and probably will) write a complete article on this physical limitation.

But the bottom line is a rounded (weak) upper spine will dramatically hinder your ability to make a full backswing. Result: very short drives and a lot of embarrassment.I just briefly covered just a couple of physical requirements of the golf stance, but I hope you know see the importance of addressing your physical limitations to achieve the end result.Longer drives, lower scores and beating the pants off your golfing buddies! Pay more attention to your golf stance.

 

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Perfect Posture - Understand how your posture affects your swing mechanics - Quick tips for improving your swing by improving your posture - Focus on knees, back, and shoulders.

Perfect Posture Part 2 - The correct posture for holding a golf club - The quick posture setup to use during your round - How to adjust your posture for different clubs.

One Piece Takeaway - The one piece takeaway movement - How to do your backswing in one continuous motion for peak impact force - Concept of retaining natural movement in your golf swing.

One Piece Takeaway Part 2 - The one-piece takeaway movement - Improve your posture and improve your swing - Practice exercises for developing the right golf swing posture.

Alignment Tips - The Most Important Lesson in Golf - How to properly square up before you address the ball - Tips on proper alignment of your swing.

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