One of the most confusing things about Golf is What Is The Perfect Golf Stance ?
In this article we will examine The Golf Stance, which is one of the four basics of golf, the others being the grip, posture and alignment. Without knowledge of these 4 basics, you will find the game very difficult and improvement very slow.
We will deal with the other three later, but for now lets concentrate on how to get The Perfect Golf Stance.
Why it is so confusing is that there is no such thing as a Perfect Golf Swing for everyone.
As we are different, whether it be height, build or weight, this affects the way which we build our stance. In determining the Correct Golf Stance for you, we must look at these factors and also what type of golf swing you have. The taller golfer should have a wider stance as your centre of gravity will be higher so your stance will need to be wider to maintain your balance. It therefore follows that as a shorter golfer will have a lower centre of gravity they will more than likely benefit from a narrower stance.
The majority of golf teachers are in agreement that the correct golf stance should be about the width of your shoulders measured to the inside of your feet. They also agree that for the longer clubs such as the driver and fairway woods the stance can be widened and in the same way narrowed slightly for the shorter clubs like your wedges.
As I touched on earlier, the type of swing that you have may also affect the width of your stance. If you have a powerful swing, you may feel more comfortable widening your stance slightly. It is important to find The Perfect Golf Stance for you and this can be done with trial and error on the range. If your swing is too wide it will prevent you from completing your back swing and will cause faults such as slicing, pushing and blocking the ball. If you have your stance too narrow, other faults will occur such as hooks and pulls as you will have a lack of balance due to swaying as the stance is not solid enough. Summing up we can see that a wider stance suits those who are tall or with a strong swing, whilst a narrower stance is best suited to the shorter golfer or one with a weaker swing.
We hope that you find this article useful, but don't neglect the other 3 basics. The grip, the stance and posture. Hit balls on thr range and adjust your stance to see what one benefits you most. Remember you must be able to turn fully with good balance.
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By: Ian Donaldson