Friday, March 2, 2007
Elementary tips and do-it-yourself teaching aids for keeping your swing in shape during the off-seasonPosture
When it comes to posture, the key is to establish your natural spine angle, which will allow the body to rotate freely throughout the golf swing.
A good training aid to help improve your posture can be fashioned with a broomstick, sponge, six-inch ruler, scissors, pen and a belt.
Draw three lines down the center of the sponge, each 1 1⁄4 inches in length. Space the lines equally apart. Next, use the scissors to cut through the sponge the length of each line through to the other side, then place the broomstick through the middle slit of the sponge. Fasten a belt around your waist and insert the broomstick, with the sponge at the top, between your back and your belt. The broomstick should rest snugly against your tailbone.
While standing straight, position the sponge so that it touches the back of your head (make sure the broomstick is in the appropriate slit according to your spine angle). With your arms hanging at your sides, tilt from the hips so that your arms now hang in front of you, approximately six to eight inches away from your thighs. The key to this drill is to keep both points of contact (tailbone and head) intact while in the tilted position. If you bend your spine instead of bending from the hips, your head will move away from the sponge, breaking the contact needed to maintain your natural spine angle. This drill develops a fuller turn in the backswing and a much more complete finish.
Stance, Ball Position And Alignment
Most likely you’ve seen a baseball player step into the batter’s box as he readies himself to receive a pitch. It’s a delicate and structured procedure, beginning with the positioning of the feet and a shuffle to find a comfortable stance, and ending with the setting of the hands, arms and legs comfortably in unison.
If you were to emulate such a player, you’d find no trouble in establishing a fundamentally sound stance. Here’s how, using nothing more than five ordinary yardsticks.
Place two of the yardsticks horizontally, about two feet apart and place two vertically at each end, forming a “batter’s box,” and the fifth inside for ball alignment purposes.
Take your grip and step into the box with your right foot while tilting from your hips to help lower the club to the ground. Next, take your left foot and place it in the forward portion of the box to establish your ball position in relation to your left foot (in the middle for a wedge, and toward the left heel for a driver).
Complete your stance by moving your right foot away from your left to establish the width of your stance (hip-wide for a wedge, shoulder-wide for a driver). Emphasis should be placed on the continuous movement throughout the routine of your hands, arms and legs to help you get relaxed and ready to make your best swing.
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