Tip From the Archives
Tilt and Weight
Your body bops up and down or you lose your balance, causing a mishit.
A proper setup is important for clean contact with the ball. Check to make sure you have a good forward tilt and weight balance upon setup. Slouching at address can cause you to move your body up and down, lose balance, distance, move the club off the proper swing path, or turn the clubface open. However, if you stand too erect, it will cause a pull or a topped shot.
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.