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Moving on down the left side of the inner circle in our UNLOCKING series, we covered the Mental dimension with our CENTRED & CONCENTRATED article two months ago, and then in the Technical dimension we explained SETUP & ALIGNMENT last month. In this issue, we discuss POSTURE as the first principle of the Physical dimension.
POSTURE TIPS for New Golfers, by GPGE pro Gabba Wessels
A strong and stable core, gluteus and abs form the foundation for creating solid posture for the golf swing. A weak core leads to incorrect posture which in turn can lead to an inefficient swing. Here is an easy exercise which you can do in your car on the way to golf, which will go a long way towards strengthening and activating your abdominal muscles:
While driving push your belly button back towards the car seat and hold for 3 seconds at a time. Build up to at least 10 repetitions, or even more once you can handle it.
A SIMPLE POSTURE TIP FOR GOLFERS, by GPGE pro, Stephan Spies
The simple fact is that the better your posture is, the easier and more consistent your swing will be. Bad posture limits your shoulder turn, which can cause over-active arms and hands in the backswing. The most common bad posture is the C posture or rounded shoulders. Do this easy exercise which opens up your chest and flattens out your back:
Stand upright and pull your shoulders up then push them down and back. Do this intermittently in between hitting practice balls. Once you get used to it, you can even take this exercise onto the golf course to continue to improve your posture.
Steph’s SHORT GAME TIP
Too improve your consistency out of bunkers make sure that you have a weak grip. The weak grip helps to keep the clubface open through impact which will lead to a higher, more predictable ball flight.