The Golf Swing

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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The Set Up - Stick You Butt Out

Most golfers know what the proper set up should look like. In case you don't, here it is, bend forward at the hips, flex your kees slightly and keep your spine straight and your arms hanging down from the shoulders. Yet many golfers can't seem to get it right. Instead of bending forward at the hips I see many golfers arch their backs in order to lower the club to the ball. By arching your back instead of bending at the hips all you accomplish is to tuck your chin into your chest and make a proper coiling of the upper body almost impossible.

Rather than bending forward at the hips try this idea instead. Stick your butt out! If you concentrate on sticking out your butt out when you address the ball it will force you to bend forward at the hips and keep your spine straight and your arms hanging down from the shoulders. Maintain this angle throughout the swing and you'll find it much easier to coil your upper body and get a full body turn which will lead to greater distance on all of your shots.

Give it a try. Set up to the ball and bring your club to the ball by arching your back and then hit the ball. Now, hit another ball but instead of arching your back, stick your butt out and bring your club behind the ball. I guarantee you'll see the difference.

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