How to Know What Golf Posture Suits You Best

Much of the important work within your golf swing happens before the club ever begins to move. If you are in a good address position – with good posture and a good grip – a lot of the hard work is actually already done. With that in mind, it would be worth your time and effort to try and improve your posture so that it promotes solid positions throughout your swing. Playing from a poor posture is fighting an uphill battle, and you will always be making compensations to correct for it.

While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to finding a good posture, there are a couple rules of thumb that you can go by.

Make Your Posture Fit Your Swing

You want to have a posture that matches your swing so that you are doing everything you can to make the swing as easy as possible. For example, if you have an upright swing where you pick the club up steeply into the air on the backswing, you are going to want to have an upright posture to match. On the other side of the coin, if you are someone who makes a flatter backswing with the club wrapping around your back at the top of the backswing, a posture with more flex and spine tilt makes sense.

Height Can Matter

In general, taller players will have more upright backswings, and will feel more comfortable with an upright posture. Shorter players usually use a more rounded swing, and therefore will be best served to get down into their posture with more knee flex. These are not hard and fast rules, of course, but they are a good place to start when you are looking to find that perfect posture for your swing.

Watch the Ball Flight

Every golfer is different, so the best way to determine the right posture for you is simply to watch the ball flights that you are getting and figure out which posture produces the shots that you are most-satisfied with. This process won’t happen quickly, so be patient and spend a few practice sessions trying different postures until you come to a point that is comfortable and allows you to play your best. At the end of the day, don’t feel like you have to stand a certain way because that is what is suggested for a player of your size or skill – stand how you feel comfortable and athletic, and build your swing from there.