The Perfect Golf Posture

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“Posture” isn’t a topic of discussion when most golfers ask for advice. Most players want a “quick fix” to straighten out their drives, give them a little more distance, or aid an aching body-part their current swing causes!

What if we told you creating perfect golf posture during your set-up will help solve all those problems and much more!

Like every other part of the ideal golf swing set-up, approaching every swing with perfect golf posture sets you up for more repeatability, easier movement on your joints (for reduced injury), and greater distance and accuracy simultaneously!

What is “Perfect Golf Posture”

While some aspects of general golf swing posture are debated by top-level coaches and professionals, there are a few definitive truths we love to follow and teach every golfer because they simply allow your golf swing to work most efficiently!

Perfect Golf Posture Checkpoints

  • Armpits over knees. 
  • Knees over balls of feet. 
  • Arms comfortably underneath or slightly in front of shoulders.
  • Slight rounding of upper back, flat lower back (avoid arching)
  • Butt-end (handle) of golf grip pointing at waistline. 

How to Create Perfect Golf Posture: 3 Simple Steps

  1. With a mid-iron in hand (8-6 iron), position your feet shoulder width apart. Using your mid iron as a guide, place the grip end on your hip joint and place the club head directly down. This signifies where the balls of our feet should be for the ideal initial perfect posture set-up!
  1. Next, gripping the golf club as you normally would, extend your arms out vertically until the butt-end of the grip is pointing at your belly button and the club’s shaft is parallel with the ground. 
  1. From this position, simply bend forward at the waist to find your ideal golf swing posture and distance to stand away from the golf ball!

Double Checking Your Now Perfect Golf Swing Posture

After implementing the advice we explained above, there are only two good ways to double check your posture is great:

  • A knowledgeable golf coach or instructor evaluating you while swinging.
  • Filming yourself.

We understand it’s incredibly rare for the “common-man golfer” to have a coach or teaching professional on hand when you’re grinding on the range, so we’ll show you precisely what we look for when we’re filming ourselves to ensure we have perfect posture!

Double Checking Your Perfect Golf Posture Step-by-Step

  1. Set up your phone’s camera behind you far enough that it fits your entire body and potential golf swing (we use a GPOD Filming Device for stress-free swing filming from anywhere!)
  2. After following our steps laid out above for perfect golf posture, go ahead and take a few practice swings from this position, focusing on repeating the set-up steps each swing. 
  1. Once you finish your practice swings, get back on your phone and evaluate these golf posture checkpoints:
  • Checkpoint 1: Drawing a line from your armpits directly down, they should intersect with your knees and the balls of your feet. 
  • Checkpoint 2: Drawing a line down from your shoulders, your hands should be gripping the club comfortably on the same vertical line. 
  • Checkpoint 3: Paying close attention to your back, your lower back should be completely flat and your upper back should have some slight rounding of the spine. 
  • Checkpoint 4: Lastly, the butt-end of the grip should point at your waistline or belt buckle.  

Summary of The Perfect Golf Posture

The perfect posture in golf often gets overlooked but can be a game-changer. Ideal golf posture includes key points: armpits over knees, knees over feet, arms below or slightly ahead of shoulders, a slightly rounded upper back, and a flat lower back. Hold a mid-iron, aligning it with your hip joint, and extend your arms until the grip points at your belly button, ensuring the shaft is parallel to the ground. Bend at the waist for your optimal posture. Double-check it through coaching or filming, focusing on these checkpoints. The perfect golf posture enhances repeatability, reduces joint strain, and improves accuracy, making it a crucial swing element.

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ScramblingTom is a writer for Golf Leap and has been playing golf competitively for the last 13 years. He loves to dive deep into different subjects within the game to further his knowledge and help others along the way. Currently, he is hovering around Scratch.

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