Golf tip of the week: Creating proper back angle at address

Most mid to high handicap golfers have an incorrect back angle when addressing the ball. The back angle should be approximately thirty to forty degrees.

If the back is too upright, the shoulders can’t rotate on the proper plane allowing the hands to get ahead of the chest on the backswing, causing shanks and slices. Too much of a bend will cause the swing plane to be to be too steep, causing fat shots.

It is important to bend at the waist without bowing the back; arch the back inward, while keeping the head up enough to allow the shoulders to turn freely. The body weight should be evenly distributed over the balls of the feet and the heels of the feet. The knees push toward each other until you feel a slight pressure on the insteps.

A proper setup is nothing more than a well balanced athletic position, much like shooting a basketball at the foul line.

To get the feel of a correct stance:

Stand erect with the club in front of you parallel to the ground, bend at the waist until you feel the weight on your toes as if you were going to fall forward.

Then push the buttocks out and flex the knees, just enough to counter balance the weight.

Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.

Rick Musselman, golf author and professional, owns Musselman’s Golf and gives lessons in his high-tech golf swing simulator, at his golf facility in Williamsport.

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