Today we’re going to talk about golf swing set-up. Well, it’s where it all starts. If it’s wrong, you’re going to have to do something wrong in the swing to try to hit it. So it’s what kind of gets our body in position to be able to perform the act that we’re asking it to do. If we’re out of position, no matter how hard we try, we can’t perform what we’re trying to do. That becomes very frustrating. So, usually, when you have problems in your swing, look first at your set- up.
First it’s your grip, then your set-up, then your alignment before you worry about the golf swing, because if those are wrong, your brain is altering the swing to try to make it work. So we’ve got to get the set-up correct. Well, the set-up in a golf swing is very athletic. First of all, I like to do it without a club first, and in fact, you just put your hands on your hips, lock your knees back, get your back very straight. At that point, your butt goes out, you bend at the your hips, not in your back, so the back is straight, the butt is out, knees are released and flexed. So a good athletic position could play a little football, play a little basketball, play a little tennis, play a little golf. It’s all basically the same. Feet are about shoulder width. Butt out, back straight, bend at the hips, let your arms hang naturally from your shoulders. They shouldn’t be construed into some unorthodox position. You’re just letting your arms hang naturally from the shoulders out of your correct posture of back straight. That’s easy to say. Now getting into it, a little harder to do, especially if no one is walking around looking at it for you.
So first of all, you should work on that in the mirror a lot to see that that back is nice and straight, butt is out, arms are hanging. In order to find that position, you need an order called a pre-shot routine. So what I like to see my students do is we get a good grip on the golf club, step forward with your arms to the front of your chest so there going to hang, step up with your right foot forward. Here’s we’re going to line up with the ball, to where I stick my butt out, get my back straight, so that’s my measurement to the ball. Ball placement, in other words the relationship of this ball to this foot, a wood here. An iron more in the middle. So, we’re going to be right foot measure, left foot ball placement, right foot width, with a little tilt, and that little tilt moves that weight into the right foot, puts your right eye over your right thigh so you can turn and really get loaded back on this right side. If you don’t make that tilt, your head down or your ball in front, you don’t get back and get loaded. You get tilted, and then you have a hard time swinging just because of your set-up. So again, grip, right foot, measure, ball placement, width, a little tilt. Turn and let it go.