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Golf stance is one of the most ignored
terms and issues in the golf swing and yet the golf stance
dictates the success of every golf swing you make.
When golfers think of golf stance, they don’t realize how
hard it is to maintain over 18 holes (four and a half hours).
Just take a look at the position your body is in during your
There are many physical issues taking place, even though it
is a static position at the start.
Let’s go over the physical requirements of the golf stance
Bend At Hips To Address Golf Ball
To achieve this initial movement takes strength and flexibility
in not only the lower back, but the hamstrings and core muscle
groups. If these muscle groups are limited, you will have
a very difficult time achieving this simple move.
Flex In The Knees
A combination of bending at the hips and knees allows you
to get to the ball. The shorter the club, the more the bend
at both the hips and knees. If your quadriceps are weak, you
will have a very difficult time maintaining the proper knee
flex therefore causing you to create in improper golf stance…resulting
in mishits and lack of distance.
Take a look at the ankle joint of any golfer. It is definitely
bent (flexed) to accommodate the bending of the knees and
hips. If your calf muscles are weak/or tight, you will find
it very uncomfortable to stay down at the ball. I see so many
golfers with tight calf muscles and they never even knew it.
Spine Extension (Erectness)
This is a BIGGY! How many times have you seen the golfer (maybe
even you) in his/her golf stance with the dread ‘camels back?’
This is very common among older golfers and is a KILLER in
the golf swing. I could (and probably will) write a complete
article on this physical limitation. But the bottom line is
a rounded (weak) upper spine will dramatically hinder your
ability to make a full backswing. Result: very short drives
and a lot of embarrassment.
I just briefly covered just a couple of physical requirements
of the golf stance, but I hope you know see the importance
of addressing your physical limitations to achieve the end
Longer drives, lower scores and beating the pants off your
golfing buddies! Pay more attention to your golf stance!
About The Author: Mike Pedersen is one of the top golf fitness
swing trainers in the country, author and founder of several
cutting-edge online golf fitness sites. Take a look at his
just released golf fitness dvds and manual at his golf
swing trainer site - Perform Better Golf.