The Art of the Perfect Golf Stance
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The Art of the Perfect Golf Stance

What do a batter in baseball, a defensive lineman in football, and a server in tennis all have in common? The answer is that all these positions require a certain "stance" which helps the person in question to perform a certain action.

As much as the stance these players take in their chosen sport can help them perform better, the stance that a golfer uses on the course can play a huge part in their game. Proper footing, body position, and more can all lend itself in helping a golfer to perform better and attain a lower score.

Today we will take a look at the art of the golf stance and help you to improve upon your own while you are out playing, all in the hope of making you a better golfer overall.
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The Do's and Do Not's of the Perfect Golf Stance

  • Your Body
  • DO: Line up your body with the position of your ball. To do this, take your club in hand and look down towards your ball from the length of the club. This will bend your upper torso very slightly towards your ball, depending on club choice.
  • DO NOT: Tense your body up. Try to keep your muscles loose and flexible, which will make for easier swings.
  • DO NOT: Over-adjust your body position after you have addressed the ball. While you will have to move every once in a while depending on the club you are using, you should try to not move constantly. Constant movement and adjustment can have a negative effect on your shots, making them inconsistent and inaccurate.
  • DO NOT: Lean to much towards your ball. You will want to lean in just enough so that your club’s grip is above your waist and is being held at length. Should you choose to lean in more than this or stand further away from your ball, it can sacrifice power and accuracy as a result.
  • Your Shoulders
  • DO: Line your shoulders up parallel to each other. This means, as you move to face your target, the shoulder of your less-dominant arm should be pointing in the same direction as your target, with the opposite shoulder remaining perfectly aligned with the other, pointing the opposite direction.
  • Holding this type of shoulder positioning helps you when making your swings. Keeping your shoulders parallel, you will be able to maintain a rhythm during your shot, allowing for better accuracy. In addition to this, maintaining the "square-like" position that this provides you helps to keep the rest of your upper body in-sync throughout your shot.
  • DO NOT: Lean to much towards your ball. You will want to lean in just enough so that your club’s grip is above your waist and is being held at length. Should you choose to lean in more than this or stand further away from your ball, it can sacrifice power and accuracy as a result.
  • Your Hands
  • DO: Place your hands in a way where they are slightly ahead of the golf ball. This will help you to line-up your shots by giving you a sort of visual aid, but also will help to keep your shots accurate by keeping your club straight.
  • DO NOT: Pull your hands further away from the ball by either moving them in another direction from the ball. Seeing as your hand and club position go, well, hand-in-hand, moving your hands in any position other than slightly ahead of the ball will cause you to have erratic shots.
  • Your Knees
  • DO: Bend slightly at the knees while keeping your legs tight. This will keep you from losing your footing while also helping you to transfer weight and make more powerful shots.
  • DO NOT: Keep your knees too loose. This will actually have the opposite effect from above, making your shots weaker and possibly causing you to slip and become inaccurate.
  • Your Feet
  • DO: Keep your feet straight, having them squared up with your shoulders. Doing so will allow you to more easily transfer weight while following through with your swing, and will help you to maintain balance.
  • DO NOT: Put too much weight on your feet. Try to put just the right amount of pressure onto your feet and legs, as putting too much will make it hard to move fluidly during your shots, and too little will make your shots much weaker than they could be.
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Conclusion

The golf stance makes up for a large portion of bad golf games. Even if your swing is on point, you put enough muscle into your shot, and the wind favors you, bad body positioning can still cause you to come up several feet short of your intended target.

 While we can tell you all day of the best possible ways to improve your golf stance, all of this advice would be for nothing if you don't practice these techniques yourself. Practice makes perfect, as they say, so if you want to improve your golf stance and see the benefits that it has on your golf game for yourself, get out there and put these tricks to use!
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