the 3 pillars

 
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Stance: setting up for success

The great Jack Nicklaus once said that setup was 80% of the golf swing. I would estimate that close to 95% of people I’ve worked with came to me with some kind of postural issue.

Fact #1: Your golf stance is influenced by your lifestyle - or you bring your everyday posture to the first tee.

Fact #2: If you golf stance is not correct, you start compensating from the moment you take the golf club back.

Fact #3: Your golf stance impacts - no pun intended - your dynamic posture and your swing sequence.

The biggest single way to improve your stance is just to be aware. Breathing helps to.


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Dynamic posture: something we simply don’t practice

We spend the wide majority of our waking hours sitting and engaged in activities with little or no involvement of the big muscles and balance. We use small muscles of our hands to type on a keyboard, or cellphone. And our balance is never really challenged.

Bad static posture usually means that disengaged core muscles, and they play a critical role in balance. Disengaged core muscles also point to insufficient strength and mobility, so our brain employs compensation patterns to perform motions.

Training dynamic posture requires us to re-learn functional movement.


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Swing sequence: putting it all together

The good news: the majority of us have played other sports in our lifetime, where we needed to leverage the ground in some fashion.

The not-so-good news: proper swing sequence requires proper stance and dynamic posture.

The reality: swing sequence is less about coordination and more about putting success parameters into place. (I have never met someone who was uncoordinated to the point that I had to take the club away from them for safety reasons…)


Summary

The key move in your golf swing happens before you even start bringing the club back. Properly engaging core muscles - and keeping them engaged - when you bend at the hips is the basis for any efficient golf swing.