Consider your posture during the first golf swing, and then take another look at it after an entire round of golf.
Posture pitfalls are due to many reasons ranging from the type of body mechanics you have during the day that may be causing you to round your shoulders inward and tilt your neck forward, or simply you might be dehydrated. These are easy things to adjust that can potentially cause big problems, and if corrected can provide noticeable results.
The loss of water and elasticity in your muscles, and other important soft tissue attachments causes your body to shrink, drawing your center of gravity closer to the ball. Then your body has a natural tendency to bend more. The more bent over your posture is, or if your chin is buried in your chest, the harder it is to turn, or fully coil behind the ball.
Maintaining good posture is an ongoing effort in life. An easy way to examine your posture is to get in front of a mirror and take a good look for yourself standing upright and at your golf set up position.
It may be time to start making some simple functional posture changes to your day in order to prevent posture from sabotaging your golf swing.
A few basic tips for better posture: Stand at attention, place both hands behind the small of your back, apply very gentle pressure to your spine, pinch your shoulder blades together towards each other – hold the pose for five minutes and repeat a couple times during the day.
Keep your chin up! To help keep the chin up during address: Place a fist between your chin and sternum, or the width of an orange. By having your chin elevated your shoulders can now turn freely to the top.
If you sit or drive a lot during the day, take a time-out and stand up and stretch occasionally. This serves a good reminder as to what proper posture should feel like. A golf medical or golf fitness professional can also help set up a sustainable program to assist you regain your posture.
Sidney Silver is a TPI Golf Medical & Fitness expert. www.SilverSportsTherapy.com (415) 932-6775