Symptom: You want a power golf swing, but end up losing your balance quite often. When you have a balanced golf swing, you lose your power. Why can’t you seem to have both a balanced and a powerful golf swing?
Description: Pretend you are about to sit down on a bar stool before the takeaway, and hold this spine angle throughout the backswing.
Why it works: This tip is all about putting your body into a powerful, athletic, and stable position to execute your golf swing. On the backswing, think of your spine as the axis around which your body turns. You need to keep this axis relatively still and at a consistent angle throughout your backswing. Stillness matters because this stability allows you to put the clubhead in a known and consistent position at the top of the backswing, which is crucial for a repeatable downswing. It also is a great help in keeping your head still as you swing.
Power and Balance and a Bar Stool
Pretending to sit on a bar stool helps you anchor your spine in just the right way for it to act as your axis. Indeed, the tension in your big leg muscles needed to hold this “almost sitting” position is about the only “good” tension I know of in the golf swing.
Let’s have Davis Love III demonstrate for us. Davis has a simple and powerful swing that launches the ball straight and far, with little apparent effort. Davis has an excellent stance and setup position that surely help him swing the club so well.
As you run the video, you can watch Davis pick a distant target to aim at, align his club, do a waggle to keep his arms and hands loose, and then settle into the stance at (0:17) just before he starts his backswing. That little extra “sit” at (0:17) is what the “sit on the barstool” tip is all about.
You will find that it is much easier to strike a pose in that perfect finish position when you do the bar stool setup. If you are not used to this setup position, it will take some getting used to. You may also find that this position tends to limit the length of your backswing, but this is almost always a good thing for the Occasional Golfer.
So — the time you’ve put in sitting at the local bar was actually golf practice!
Remember, set up like Davis Love III for more consistency and power. And please don’t forget to Share this Tip with your friends–Share, Like, Tweet, “+1”, or Email below!
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