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Getting Your Set Up Right

Is poor set-up affecting your ball striking and scoring ability? We have some tips to check

 

So many of the swing faults golfers have can be traced back to a poor set-up position. Whether you are just starting or need a refresher, Jack Backhouse has some tips on how to set-up to the ball correctly.

You can watch the video above, but if you would prefer to read the article, keep scrolling…

Getting Your Set Up Right: Stance and Posture

All 14 clubs in your bag are different lengths, lofts and lie angles, so there isn’t a one size fits all approach we can use with our stance and posture. Some soft rules we might use are with your shorter clubs, your stance will be more narrow, and the ball will be fairly central. With the longer clubs, your stance will get wider, and the ball will move forwards towards the front foot. These rules are ‘soft’ because different shots will require different set ups.

getting your set up right

7 Iron Reference Points

A big mistake golfers make is trying to stand to the ball in an ‘athletic’ fashion by arching their back and bending their knees too much. This gets you out of balance and too rigid to make a good fluid swing.
Golfers should stand fairly tall to the ball and when viewing from down the line, have their armpits over the middle of the foot; this would indicate good balance. Drawing a line down from your backside is also a good indicator of balance, as this line should be within a couple of inches from your heels.

Standing too close or too far away will mean you will have to change posture in the swing, which makes solid contact difficult.

getting your set up right

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