Use Better Posture for Longer, Straighter Drives

 From the January 2010 Issue of Golf Magazine
“Ask The Top 100”

I have problems driving the ball consistently. Is my grip or stance causing this problem, or do I have to analyze my entire swing?
-James M., Dallas, TX

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You may be sabotaging yourself before you even take your backswing because your setup is off. The left photo, above, shows what I call a “question-mark” setup. My body is straight up and down, and my neck and shoulders are bent forward. This position impedes a full, unobstructed coil.

In the photo on the right, I’ve correctly bent from my hip sockets, which gives me a forward tilt and a solid spine angle. My head is also in a more elevated position. A line drawn up the shaft and through my body forms a 45-degree angle. This is the optimum position for creating power. If you don’t set your spine angle properly at address, your arms and club won’t move freely and your swing speed and accuracy will suffer.

Rod Lidenberg