Last week, we received a great question from Irv Hoffbauer, who is 84 years young and still working on his game, proving once again that golf can and should be a game for a lifetime. Irv is concerned that he may not being getting high enough up the tree during his backswing. When he doesn't focus on this, he usually hits a good shot, but when he tries to consciously lift his arms so that they are over the toe line he often tops the shot.
As so often happens with this blog, Irv received great feedback from one of our regular contributors, Steve Smith, who told him that by concentrating on getting his arms to a point that exceeds his personal flexibility level he was affecting his posture and losing dynamic balance. That is 100% correct! So, Irv, rather than concentrate on making a full backswing, I would like to see you lift only as high as you can without changing your spine angle. Hopefully, this will help you stay in dynamic balance and allow you to consistently make good shots so you can continue to enjoy the game for a long time to come.
While we are on the subject of flexibility, I would like to remind everyone to take the time to properly stretch and flex your muscle groups before beginning a round or a practice session. Not doing so can not only affect your score, it can also lead to serious injury that may keep you out of golf for a good while. If no one has ever shown you how to warm up correctly, I encourage you to check out the website of my good friend, Bruce Chaffin, The Rolfer Golfer. He has a lot of good information there, including some video tips on how to warm up correctly before a round. His website is www.therolfergolfer.com.
And Irv, while we do not have a certified instructor in Iowa at present, we are working hard to expand our network of PPGS certified instructors. We are also preparing to launch a new online instruction program where, for a modest fee, you can send us video of your swing which one of our certified instructors will review, mark up, and then add their verbal diagnosis of what is going wrong as well as what they want you to work on. This will begin to roll out sometime next month.
Until then, Keep it vertical!
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