- To reduce
the problems caused by a poor setup.
faults occur from an improper setup. This can cause unnecessary
adjustments during the swing. Taking care to position the ball, feet, hips
and shoulders properly ensures building a good swing foundation. Testing
has shown golfers with open stances show no more tendency to slice than
golfers with closed stances. The open stance may give the golfers a little
more opportunity to slice, because it allows a little more freedom in the
downswing and follow-though. The square stance is used by most successful
golfers. Beginners should start with a square stance. As you advance, you
can experiment with the advantages of other stances. Avoid extreme
stances. Experiment to find the stance that works best for you. Take care
to set up consistently on all normal shots.
- To start
with a proven ball position.
golf ball even two inches forward or back in your stance can make a great
deal of difference in shot consistency. Start with the ball a couple of
inches inside the left heel. After you master this consistent ball
position, you can experiment with other ball positions. However, a ball
too far to the front of your stance will increase the chances of a slice
by encouraging an outside-to-inside swing. A ball too far back in the
stance will make it difficult to get the clubface closed by impact and may
cause a push or a push slice.
- To achieve
the goal of hitting the ball at the bottom of the swing arc.
drives should be hit slightly on the upswing, iron shots are struck
slightly on the downswing. Fairway woods are hit at the bottom of the
Do's and Don'ts
Be sure to check the
location of the ball with clubs aligned on the ground. Step away to check
that you are positioning the ball properly. Ask someone to double-check
your positioning. It is hard, without alignment tape or clubs, to
visually gauge the proper placement of the ball.
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