This week our Kid’s Golf Camp is in full swing and we have been working on a number of elements to give them a solid foundation for the game. It did get me thinking this week though of how important your stance can be when it comes to how far and how straight you hit the golf ball. A lot of people simply walk up to the tee, pick their target and then “grip it and rip it” without thinking about their body position and their stance.
If your stance is too narrow it will prevent you from generating power in your golf swing. A narrow stance also changes your centre of gravity making it much more difficult to keep your balance while you are swinging which can severely compromise your ball striking. However, if your stance is too wide, you’ll find it difficult to shift your body weight during the swing which is essential for proper timing, generating power and effective ball striking. A wide stance also tends to generate more of a “sway” in your swing which is something you certainly want to avoid.
Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind when you are setting up your shot:
- Widen your stance (insides of feet are 2-3 inches wider than shoulder width) for longer clubs such as fairway woods and the driver
- Reduce your stance width by an inch or two for short irons and wedges. For less than full shots (i.e. pitching and chipping, we don’t need a wide stance).
- Avoid pointing your toes out at too much of an angle. Your rear foot should be at right angles to the target line.
- Knees should be lightly flexed but not bent.
- Your body weight should be spread 50/50 between your toes and heels as well as 50/50 between your left and right foot for most shots.