It’s not like we have never heard the old school adage that your base should be shoulder width. In general terms, I agree. However, if I were to take you to Golf Graduate School I’d have to educate you that in terms of your personal width, several factors may have to be tweaked. Trial and error is an acceptable learning format. Your personal width will be affected by a few factors.
- Your individual flexibility (hamstrings, hip flexors, quads, and glutes) will play a role in how you pivot your lower body, therefore making a custom stance width a requirement for you. Remember, an inch is a mile in golf. Take two aspirin — not the whole bottle.
- Your innate ability to balance yourself as you become dynamic (put the club in motion and create speed). Balance can be improved through drills. Email me at [email protected]— I’m happy to send you information about my TPGOLF Balance Board, a wonderful tool that trains both balance and weight shift.
- How adventurous you are in allowing yourself to coordinate an adequate turn while blending it with a shift of mass back and through — I believe turn and shift should be a coordinated marriage.
Learn how to set up your stance width and develop the ability to load the machine — and swing to a fully released finish — and you’ll get better results no matter what club is in your hand.
Tom Patri is a Contributing Editor and Golf Tips Top 25 Instructor. He is a former Met (New York) PGA and South Florida PGA Teacher of the Year. He won the 1981 NCAA II National Championship. Tom is based in Naples, Florida and has summer teaching sites on Long Island, Maryland and Saratoga, N.Y. Visit www.tompatri.com to learn more about Tom and TPGolf.