Like I said the other day, one of the great things I learned while being trained by the Titleist Performance Institute was how to film a student’s golf swing and look for common golf swing characteristics that may be directly linked to problems with the student’s golf body. TPI calls them “The Big Twelve”, and they include the twelve most common golf swing characteristics. They don’t call them “flaws”, and you shouldn’t either.
One of the first golf swing characteristics I look for has to do with the student’s posture. I check this from the down-the-line view. A golfer’s posture can either be deemed an “S-Posture” or “C-Posture”.
C-Posture occurs when the shoulders are slumped forward at address and there is a definitive roundness to the back from the tailbone to the back of the neck. If you fail to keep the backswing short and wide, you will find it difficult to maintain posture as you swing the club back.
Any excessive rounding of the upper back or thoracic spine in the golf posture is termed C-Posture. This posture can simply be the result of a poor setup position and can be corrected by physically adjusting the posture to a more neutral spine. Unfortunately, the majority of C-Postures are caused by a series of muscle imbalances and joint restrictions that are developed over many years.
Weak muscles in the shoulder blades make it very difficult to hold the shoulders back in proper posture. Tightness in the shoulders and chest also aid in the negative effects of rounded shoulders by pulling the shoulder blades apart. Lack of proper instruction, or not understanding the correct setup and posture, can easily lead to this common golf swing characteristic. A lack of pelvic tilt, causing the upper body to bend while addressing the ball and get into this “hunched over position” is also a culprit.
C-Posture can also stem from using clubs that are too short, standing too far away from the ball, or a grip that is too much in the fingers of both hands.
If you feel you are falling victim to C-Posture, either correct your setup with a correct hip hinge, or try these exercises to gain the proper strength and stability required to make a proper, injury-free golf swing.