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

PHOTO PROVIDED Build an athletic stance and feel some spring in the legs, not tension. The back should bend approximately 30 to 40 degrees.

Most high handicap golfers have an awkward back angle when addressing the ball. The back angle should be approximately 30 degrees.

If the back is too upright, the shoulders can’t turn on the proper plane. If the back is bent too much, the shoulders will be beyond the toes creating poor balance.

The back should be arched inward, and the head should be up enough to allow the shoulders to turn freely. The shoulders work as a hub and rotate around the spine as a wheel rotates around a spindle.

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 just enough to counter-balance the weight while flexing the knees as if you were preparing to shoot a jump shot in basketball.

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

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