Today's tip is the natural follow-on from the one we covered yesterday on how to grasp your club correctly to set the proper amount of forward shaft lean at address. The question is from a Surgite named Tom, who is just getting into the game.
"I am a relatively new golfer and try to follow your three quarter turn vertical swing. On my set-up I am always struggling with how far away from the ball I should be.I know this changes with each club but where should hands be in relationship to your body?"
Tom, as you will soon discover if you become a regular on this blog, there is an incredible body of past video lessons in our library that is easily searched for help on just about any conceivable subject as it relates to the Peak Performance Golf Swing. You've asked a question that relates to setup and you may have heard me say this before, but I believe that The Setup Determines The Motion. In other words, if you setup correctly, you are creating the ideal environment for your body to be able to complete the swing in an optimal fashion.
The beauty of what I teach with regard to setting up the proper distance from the ball is that it is the same for every club in your bag. How can that be, you might ask, since each club is of a different length? The answer is in an aspect of club design called Lie Angle. Take your longest iron, your pitching wedge and your driver. Set them all on the ground with the club face square to the target line and the bottom of the forward edge parallel to the ground. What do you see? Your pitching wedge will be the most upright of the three clubs, with your long iron much flatter and your driver even flatter. So while the length of the clubs change, how we walk in to the ball does not have to change because of these differences in lie angle.
So here is what you should do. Approach the ball and first set your forward hand on the club as we discussed yesterday, followed by your top hand. Then flexing your rear knee to an athletically ready angle, place the club head behind the ball, square to the target, with the bottom edge of the club on the ground. Then bring your forward leg into position so that both feet are along the toe line, parallel left of the target line. Then, after getting your body square and into an atheletically ready posture, simply let your hands drop so that your arms are essentially hanging straight down. Remember that the thumb of your top (rear) hand should be lined up below the area between your chin and your nose. If you do this routinely, you will always be the correct distance from the ball regardless of the club you have in your hand. It really is that simple!
Keep it vertical!
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