How can you develop the right biomechanical principles that will enhance your posture at set-up to ensure both a relaxed putting stance and a more powerful swing?
Focusing on biomechanics can help you form the basis of great golfing technique; without such awareness, even the most knowledgeable golfer can have trouble playing to their potential, especially when the nerves and anxiety kick-in.
By training your golfing body in the right way, not only can you develop better balance, relaxed power and the all-important touch and feel necessary for your short game, but by getting your mind interested in what your body’s doing (rather than worrying whether you’re getting your technique right) brings together both the mental and physical aspects of the game to help release your natural talent.
Here are three biomechanical keys from the ancient martial art of tai chi, thought to be the mother of all kung-fu systems. Now kung-fu simply means “the time and energy spent mastering a craft” so golf is most certainly a type of kung-fu and should be approached as such. Many principles from tai chi overlap into golf – things like balance, torque/rotation, ground-forces and leverage.
Let’s keep it simple for now but you know that if you want to go deeper into Chi-Performance training for golf or any other sport, all you have to do is get in touch and arrange for some tuition; this can be delivered by me in person or through online lessons.
3 Keys to A More Athletic Set-Up
1. Focus on your weight distribution in the feet; this should be towards the inside front of your heels where the tibia bone ends. The tibia’s job is to support 90% of your body-weight so if you’re on your toes, the balls of your feet or the back of your heels your posture will be weak and your drives won’t be as long as they could be!
2. Aim to move muscle to muscle rather than shifting laterally when you swing; the point of your focus is the psoas which is a deep-seated core muscle that contracts to bring your thigh and torso together. You can find the psoas muscle at the very top of your thigh, approximately two fists widths down from your waist. Moving into your right psoas muscle at take-away and to the top (if you’re a right-handed player) and then into your left psoas muscle from the top down and through impact, will greatly enhance your stability.
3. Using your psoas muscles as a point of focus when chipping or putting will keep your attention in your lower-body, helping your upper-body move more freely. Engaging your centre of gravity by pulling in the navel helps you to initiate movement from the correct location; this is always the waist area, the job of which is to provide the connection between your lower and upper body. Being strongly connected to the ground but with shoulders and chest relaxed will help you to use the waist most efficiently for a more fluid motion.
As always, I hope you enjoy your training and look forward to your feedback and questions.
P.S. There are just two places left on my Off-Season Focus Group which starts next Sat 8th December ’18
Why not join this small group of like-minded golfers who will meet with me at my teaching venues in and around Reading, Berkshire to look at more deep and purposeful practice techniques from Chi-Performance GOLF that can help you delver effortless yet precise golf shots, even when you’re under pressure.
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