What is the effect of your spine angle or posture on the trajectory of your golf shots?
But first…How ’bout that Zack Johnson!! Way ta go Zack, the 2013 BMW Champion! I do feel bad about Jim Furyk and was rooting for him to take it all the way, but hey! He shot a 59 on Friday! What a feat!
OK…back to the back…Spine angle that is… You hear it all the time, the announcer on Golf Channel say, “He came out of it early on that shot”… The result being a wayward shot. I wasn’t really clear on what was meant by “coming out of it”, but then I saw a video lesson talking about the importance of spine angle, or posture through the golf swing.
It is important to have the correct posture when addressing the ball, and to maintain that spine angle through the entire swing, both back and through. As you finish the follow through it’s OK to stand up, but not until the finish!
I didn’t realize that I was “coming out” of my swing too early on a regular basis until yesterday at the practice range! For some reason I just decided to focus on keeping my spine angle all the way through my swing. It felt different! So obviously I had been coming out of it before.
And guess what I noticed…The ball consistently went down the line I intended within a much narrower dispersion of plus or minus a few yards either side! And it went consistently longer! Which means that by keeping my spine angle steady throughout my swing I was making consistently better contact with the ball and the center of the club face! What a revelation!
And it makes perfect sense! If you tend to stand up as you swing through, you will often times hit the top half of the ball instead of the center. You will sometimes hit the top of the club face, and sometimes the bottom of the club face. Standing up through the swing will also create a glancing blow on the ball rather than the solid contact you want.
So next time you’re on the range, focus on your spine angle at address, and keeping that same angle as you make your back turn, and as you turn through to the finish. Make a few practice swings at half speed to really feel that you’re keeping the spine angle steady. Then hit some balls focusing on keeping your spine angle and see what happens.
Please come back here and post your comments after you try this and let us know your results. How does keeping your spine angle effect your ball trajectory?!