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Solid Contact Starts With a Forward Tilt

Problem

Slouching or ignoring proper posture at address causing you to move your body up and down, lose balance, distance, and take the club off the proper swing path. If your body is slouching or tipped to far forward, it will cause an open clubface for the ball to be pushed towards the right. If you stand too far upright, it will cause a pull or a topped shot.

Cure

Too many players ignore their posture and focus just on setting up quickly and on their weight shift. Even on the busiest courses, it is important to make sure that you have proper posture at address, doing so will give you will a better swing, power, and therefore save you a couple of strokes and time.

Therapy

Be careful not to place all of your weight on your toes or on your heels; if you center your weight on your feet, you will be able to maintain your balance. Your forward tilt should be thirty degrees at your hips and not at your waist. Think of it this way, if you were standing upright, your spine would be pointing at the twelve on a face of a clock. When you have a proper forward tilt at the hips, your spine should be pointing at the one on the clock instead. You need to maintain this tilt throughout your entire swing.

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