One of the more common things I see in the golf address stance is the stiffness.
People are standing as if someone inserted a rod down their backs, shoulders are pulled back and everything about this screams “Way too tight!”
You may have been told that you must have a straight spine angle, and this is the worst thing you can do if trying to swing.
I received an email many, many moons ago that still comes to mind whenever I’m looking at my stance down-the-line.
The sender had wanted to compliment me on my swing yet had a “flaw” that he suggested I should fix: I was slouching over the ball.
Slouching Over The Ball?
No, sir – I was just standing relaxed. No, that’s slouching, he had said, and even pointed out the angle in my upper back and that’s all I remember from the email.
Above is my stance and my back position has remained largely unchanged since I began to swing, aside from all the other position changes, and you’ll see it’s not very different from the Classic Golf Swing era greats:
I know what my years-ago emailer would have said to the above stance – still a big “slouch” in the back.
This is how one should stand over the ball, according to modern swing principles:
And this is why they have so many back and other issues.
It’s because you can’t swing properly with your back and shoulders all tightened up like that.
Funny how the old guys could knock it as far as the young guys today, with far inferior equipment, and some of the notoriously long hitters regularly did so after a night out carousing and drinking.
Many of the old time pros going back to pre-War were still drunk when they teed off the next morning. And they swung that way into their senior years.
I’ll bet you they were relaxed…
Sometimes you just have to look at the greatest swingers you want to choose.
They didn’t “slouch,” they knew that one has to be relaxed over the ball, and that’s what they did.