A bad swing starts before you swing. That is, whenever you hit a shot that sucks, the cause is often in your setup.
As you watch the U.S. Open this Father's Day weekend, study the setup posture of pros like Justin Rose, Hideki Matsuyama (see video) and especially Martin Kaymer. As second round leader, you're going to see a lot of Kaymer after he finished at Pinehurst No. 2 at 10 under and with a six-stroke lead. His 130 score is a 36-hole U.S. Open record. Kaymer's posture as he addresses the ball (and even as he walks) is pert near perfect.
"Great posture sets the stage for great shots."
Most pros have excellent swing posture. Of course, there's more to greatness than posture, but great posture sets the stage for great shots. Work on it in front of a mirror or cell phone camera. Be particular. It pays to study how your setup and swing compare with Kaymer and other pros.
Also, watch golf instructor Rickard Strongert as he demonstrates in this video common setup mistakes, including:
- Weight on heels. When you put too much weight on your heels, it causes a flat swing. To get better balance and maximum power, put weight more on the balls of your feet.
- Slumped posture. The body can only turn around its axis if the back is straight. With poor posture, you're forced to use mostly your arms because you can't rotate around this axis. Lean straight forward from your hips, and let your "axis of power" go to work.
Don't overlook the little details in the setup; they play a big part in hitting super shots.