• Back to the basic golf address position

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    It is extremely important to master your address position. It is the foundation of establishing the keys into an ideal swinging motion. A well made up address position produces a more efficient swing and more constant ball striking capabilities. Therefore, better scores and fuller enjoyment of the game is easier to accomplish. Setting-up includes the aiming of the clubface, grip, posture, body alignment and stance, club or ball position and weight distribution. It can be more or less.

    Rory McIlroy executes a perfect swing. A well made up address position produces a more efficient swing and more constant ball striking capabilities.

    Aiming the Clubface
    Aiming of the clubface establishes the direction of the ball flight. The clubface must be perpendicular to the intended target. If there is a slight deviation, it will greatly affect the direction of the ball flight. The swing path can be a factor but minimal, not unless intentionally exaggerated from inside out or outside in.

    The grip
    The grip or how the club is held is normally made neutral. Although as a choice, it can be made strong or weak. When you hold the club with a neutral grip at eye-level, you would see two knuckles on top of both hands. It can also be made three knuckles on both hands, if preferred. There are three types of grip to choose from (overlap or Vardon, interlock and the 10-finger grips). The most preferred pressure points are the last three fingers of both hands and the joints of the thumbs. For right-handed clubs, the handle of the club passes between the left index and middle index knuckles, and towards the meaty part of the left hand. The lifeline of the right hand directly rests on the left thumb.The feel under your palms, fingers and club must be even.

    The posture
    The posture sets the swing plane of the club in motion. It is the forwarded tilt of the upper body that needs to be maintained until ball is struck by the club. The tilt will depend on the methodology or can be dependent on the comfort level of the player, based on built, flexibility and strength. By maintaining the proper posture, the swing plane is more constant. Better ball striking is achieved.

    Aiming of the clubface establishes the direction of the ball flight – even a slight deviation will greatly affect the direction of the ball flight. AFP PHOTOS

    Body alignment and stance
    A recommended body alignment is set slightly left of target. This includes the shoulders, hips, knees and feet. Since the body alignment is relative in establishing the stance, then, it can be considered the same. If shorter shots are intended or shorter clubs are used, a narrow stance can be established. Stance can be widened with the use of longer clubs. You can use either a close or open stance for special shots.

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