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The Address & Posture Position | The Stance Position.

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I have divided the 'Address & Posture Position' into five instructional 'Lesson Headings' for ease of explanation.

These are;

1. Club Alignment.
2. The Grip Position.
3. Creating a Stance Position.
4. Ball Position.
5. Posture.

 

 

The width of your 'Stance' and 'Distance' you stand from the ball will vary when using different clubs in your set, ranging from a wider position when using a 'Driver' to a narrower position when using a shorter club such as a 'Pitching Wedge'. Within this Address & Posture Instruction I'm working with a 7 iron throughout.

 

Ok lets get started:

3. 'The Stance Position'.

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                      The Stance Position.

Your 'Stance Position' is an essential part of your 'Address Position' as it gives stability and balance to your 'Posture Positioning'.

Your Stance should also help to create a stable foundation for all your 'Body Movements' & 'Hand & Arm Swing' to perform from.

Positioning your Stance to suit the shot, club and lie you are playing is the 3rd element in your 'Address & Posture Routine so as with all parts of your 'Routine' great care needs to be taken with this positioning.

 

 

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                       The Club Alignment.

Before I start talking about creating a 'Stance Position' I would quickly like to turn your attention back to the 1st part of my 'Address Routine' which is 'Aligning the Club' and in particular the 'Target Line'.

 

  • The Club Alignment Lesson
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    When you've identified your 'Target Line' visualise a second line that's parallel to your 'Target Line' and running across your Toes.

     

     

    A good comparison to use for this example are Railway Lines. They are parallel to each other at the point you are standing at "BUT" give the optical impression of the gap narrowing as they lines run away into the distance.

    like railway lines, your target line should be parallel to a line across your feet (click to enlarge)             Lesson Image (click to enlarge)                             Railway Lines.                                                                  Club & Stance Alignment.

     

    The same can be said about your 'Target Line' and a second line running across your Toes. The second line should run parallel to your 'Target Line' so now if you look from behind your ball the right hand line is your 'Target Line' and the left hand line is your Stance Alignment Line.

     

  • IMPORTANT POINT - Always use your 'Target Line' for your Club Alignment 'NOT' the line across your feet!

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    Creating your Stance Position.

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                      An example of 'Shoulder Width'.

    If I can now assume you have correctly worked through the first 2 Steps of your Address & Posture Routine which is 'Club Alignment' and 'Grip Position' you can now start to create your 'Stance Position'.

    Visualise your second alignment line that's parallel to your Target Line then position your feet so your toes are just touching the second line then spread your feet to 'Shoulder Width'.

    This distance will be measured from the inside of your heels to the outside of your shoulders.

     

     

    Turn your feet slightly out to each other and gentley flex your knees over your toes then encourage your Body Weight to settle over the balls of your feet, so you 'FEEL' yourself slightly sitting into your 'Stance Position'. A good comparison is imagining yourself sitting on the edge of a stool when flexing your knees to create this 'Feeling'.

    This will now create a vertical balance point that starts from the ball's of your feet that I will refer to as your Body Line.

    Lesson Image (click to enlarge)             Lesson Image (click to enlarge)          An example of a Vertical Balance Point.                                A comfortable Stance Position for a 7 iron.

     

    Checking the distance you Stand from the Ball.

    Now I would like you to check the distance you are stand from the ball which is measured from the 'Top / Butt End' of the 'Grip Handle' to your Left Thigh.

    This distance should be approximately Eight to Ten inches (20 to 25cm approx) or the span of your Right Hand, which is measured from the tip of your thumb touching the 'Butt End' of the 'Grip Handle' and the tip of your little finger touching the inside of your Left Thigh.

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                        Checking the distance.

    This distance may vary from player to player depending on player size, build and physique. I would always recommend experimenting a little with your distance to ascertain your ideal playing distance.

    To help identify your optimum distance in your practice session deliberately stand too far away from the ball and play a shot then with your next shot stand to close to the golf ball and play a shot.

    By practicing in this way you will identify and 'FEEL' your balance point across your feet and within your Posture Position for your 'Body Movements' and 'Hand & Arm Swing' to freely rotate round.

     

    After you've identified any balance issues by using this type of practice you will be able to identify your distance limitations that can then be used to ascertain whether you are standing too far or too close to the ball at Address.

    This will ultimately give you the ability to identify your optimum playing distance that suits the shot, the club and lie you are playing from, I will mention this point again when I work though the 5th element of your 'Address & Posture Routine'.

     

  • The Posture Position Lesson
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                        Positioning The Ball.

    Positioning your golf ball correctly in to your stance is a very important element of your Address Position as it affects the quality of the ball's strike, flight and trajectory.

     

    In this lesson I will explain how to position your ball correctly in your stance and I will also explain the difference between two ball positioning methods that are commonly used today.

     

  • The Ball Position Lesson
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