We all are different, with different needs and different skills. It’s likely if you have watched PGA on TV several times that you have noticed that almost every golfer has their own swing style. The swing will vary from player to player, but these golfers are among the best on the planet. This proves that there is not just ONE swing that fits all personalities, and there is not just ONE way of hitting a ball to get the best results.
However, once you check closer, you’ll see that all these golfers’ stances are exactly the same most of the time. I’m not saying that they are all 100% the same, but if you look at the whole picture, the top-rated golfers will have very similar stances. This is something that you can benefit from, and you need to pay close attention to the position and focus properly to make sure that your stance is in good shape.
The Importance of a Good Stance
In case you are just making your first step in the beautiful game of golf, it’s likely that you don’t think too much about your golf stance. In fact, you aren’t even swinging the club yet, so why would a stance be so crucial to your gameplay? You need to approach the stance like a road-map towards the rest of your swing because it’s important to position yourself properly before you hit the ball.
The reality is that the way you position yourself before your hit the ball will dictate the route of your golf club once you begin your swing. Notice that it is far more challenging to perform a bad swing from a perfect stance than to perform a poor swing from a bad stance. The basic line here is that if your stance is poor, you will make a poor shot.
Below you will find three elements that you need to take into account to master your ideal golf stance.
Feet Near Shoulder Width Apart
Here we have an approximate position because there are a lot of people who would prefer to position themselves with their feet just inside shoulder width. On the other hand, many of you will be fine just outside shoulder width. You should keep in mind that the most important thing at this stage is that you don’t stray too far one way or the other.
That is to say, a wide stance will limit your rotation and distance, and on the other hand, a narrow stance will most likely ease up the turn, but you will lose balance. Once you fall off balance, you will get into trouble making a solid shot. What I’m trying to say here is that if you keep your feet at shoulder width, you will balance out these two factors and you will soon fine-tune your own perfect combination of an ideal swing with a stable base.
Make Sure to Distribute Weight Evenly
This is one of the most important elements in golf. If you can’t maintain your balance during your swing, you will be searching for your ball in the woods. If you want to balance yourself during your swing, you need to start out in a golf stance with your weight distributed evenly between both feet.
Lower Your Knees
It’s important that you focus on your legs throughout the golf swing. It’s absolutely vital that you use your legs at the start of the swing. The way your position yourself should feel like you are sitting in a chair, or in other words, you need to have the big muscles in your upper legs engaged.
If you do so, it will cause your knees to bend in an athletic stance and you will prepare yourself for the swing. If you just stand up straight, you won’t be able to smash the golf ball with the same power as you would with your knees bent. Moreover, you won’t be able to make a full turn in your backswing.
How to Develop Your Golf Stance
Once you have mastered the perfect golf stance, you will be able to perform a perfect full-throttle swing time after time. However, for your continued improvement, you will have to be able to make the same stance every time you swing. It will take some practice and some effort to build a good stance, and you should focus on this along with your swing, stroke, and putting.
If your stance is not good, your swing will be poor and you will continuously hit bad shots. You might think that focusing on a stance is not exciting at all, and you are probably right. However, the truth is that if you focus and put in the effort, you will be amazed by the result.
Let’s now go through the steps you need to take in order to find your right stance position. There are three elements that you need to focus on, and each of these elements is aimed to fit your perfect stance to your playing needs. As soon as you have completed all three elements, you’ll be left with a perfect stance that will make you hit solid shots every time.
Find the Right Width for Your Feet
As I mentioned above, you should be standing with your feet around shoulder wide apart. But, it can be tricky to figure out—how can you know the distance when you are staring at the golf-ball in front of you?
First off, you should start by putting your body into a “finished” position, as if you just finished your swing and you are pretending to watch the ball fly down the fairway. Now, at this point, your right heel should be up in the air, and you should have all your weight on your left foot. What you need to do now is to revert slowly to your original position as if you were going to begin your swing. Notice where your feet ended up because that is exactly where they should start.
Adjusting Your Balance
The best way to ensure that you are adequately balanced once you start your swing is to get right into your stance without holding your golf club. Now, carefully position yourself in front of the golf ball and jump into the air. Once you land, bend your knees a little bit. This way, your body will naturally land in a balanced position, and the weight will be distributed out toward the golf ball. I know that it might look strange to hop into the air before every shot, but this is just to help you to get the feel of the ideal position. It goes without saying that you don’t have to do this every time, but practice it thoroughly and you will be able to position yourself quickly and effectively in no time.
How to Establish an Ideal Sitting Position?
It can also be tricky to establish a comfortable sitting position. One way of figuring out how much you should bend your knees is to flex them as low as you can and check the limits of how low you can bend. It’s best to do this without having a golf club in your hand. Now, get into position and sit into the stance. You should keep on flexing until you feel that it’s getting hard to hold your position and your legs are really working their muscles to keep you balanced. Next, you should stand back up slowly until you feel more comfortable. As soon as you feel your muscles working hard, go up a little bit and maintain a comfortable position. This is an effective way to find a balance and a base on which to build your swing.