Loss of Posture
Loss of Posture is one of the most common swing characteristics in an amateur golfer, and can be characterized by any major deviation from the body’s initial set up during rotation. Loss of Posture is also present in the swing characteristics of Flat Shoulder Plane and Early Extension. If a golfer elevates their spine during the swing, drops their hands to shoulder level at the top of their backswing or stands-up in any way during the swing, they suffer from a Loss of Posture. An Inability to maintain proper posture throughout the duration of the swing can lead to inconstant accuracy and power.
Tips to improve and maintain Posture:
-Ensure the clubs are the appropriate length for your height and range of motion.
-Practice disassociating the upper body from the lower body while in the 5 iron position. An inability to separate your upper body from lower often causes a player to stand up to increase their range of motion.
-Perform “whole” core exercises. Ab routines that are just focused on your stomach do not adequately prepare your lower back and glutes for functional movement or rotary movement. Without a strong core, it is nearly impossible to stabilize your spine during the swing.
-Consistently work on your shoulder range of motion. Flat shoulder plane occurs when a players limited range of motion forces them to stand up or flatten the shoulders to try to achieve a full backswing.
-Don’t play or practice without an appropriate warm-up. Joint or muscle stiffness can cause poor address and set-up at the ball. Stiffness can also lead to poor range of motion in the swing forcing the body to compensate with poor posture.
Loss of Posture affects over 64% of amateur golfers and is a leading contributor to lack of accuracy and distance. As always you should consult a fitness professional to determine if you posture issues are physical or technical in nature.
Matt Greenemeier. 970-729-2227