Why golf posture and stance are not important

I can’t help but think that golfers become unstuck when they try and stand correctly to the ball.

They are determined to get every part of the stance correct. They make sure their posture is right, their stance is square and the ball is located in the perfect postition. For the most part these golfers fail…

They try too hard. They fidget and never get comfortable. They look awkward and become so preoccupied with what they are doing that they forget the main aim – to hit the ball.

I think there is a better way.

Forget everything that you’ve ever read about standing to the ball. This includes alignment and ball position.

I have found that comfort is more important. When you stand comfortably, you give yourself a better chance of making a better swing. This is more valuable than any spine angle tip you’ll read in a golf magazine.

Your subconscious will take care of any minor errors with your aim and ball position. You can keep swinging. Over time you will naturally (without thinking) learn the best positions for you and your swing.

Get comfortable from the start and hit the ball. This is all you have to do. It’s more fun and definitely more interesting than concerning yourself with too much detail.

Good golfing,

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Andrew - February 25, 2008

I have found you definitely create tension in your body when you try to stand correctly. The following is an excerpt from Tai Chi which applies equally to golf

Trying is a kind of forcing; it is the act of seeking to adhere to an idea or pattern that exists in your mind.

When you try, exertion is required.
Effort creates anxiety and tension.
Tension impedes you.

Rather than try… allow.
Allowing is a passive, relaxed approach that involves stepping out of the way.
Some things happen by themselves.

To be spontaneous, conscious thought must cease and you must simply do.
Both the mind and the body must be loose and flexible.

When a person prepares for an activity they encounter a minute tensing of the muscles and a tightening of the joints.
The subtle act of preparation actually reduces your ability to move and slows the body considerably.

In golf we seek to remove this moment of getting-ready and simply move.
By slowing-down the body and calming the mind you become capable of instant action. In golf, this is essential.

Feel how the body wants to move and let it move that way.
A stiffness corrupts the golf swing when people refuse to let go.
They become locked in the act of trying…
It is the product of thinking rather than feeling, forcing rather than allowing.
In your effort to achieve, you actually hamper your own progress.

David Pryde - August 14, 2008

I applied your automatic swing for the first time today and some of the shot contact was certainly as good as I have felt. But later in the round I stood to the ball thinking about a straighter back and bum sticking out as I have been doing previously. As a result the swing became a little tighter and less natural. I went loss, loss, half, to finish square on par. Poor finish but satisfactory result for my first game with NO swing thoughts for 15 holes. This is the way to play. How do you suggest we should practise?
Cheers, David Pryde

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