Upper Body Angles. (Changed
Maintaining the upper body angles is one of the most important
principles of the golf swing, so read this section and remember
( See Video and see
how the upper body angles are maintained throughout the golf swing.)
At the address position the upper body is set at two particular
First of all the upper body must be slightly tilted to the right
so that the right hand can be comfortably placed on the golf club,
but you also need to adopt a posture of the upper body which assume
an forward angle of the upper body.
Therefore it is absolutely vital to the success of the golf
swing that once these angles has been created, they must be strictly
maintained throughout the golf swing, but especially as the whole
body turns to fully face the target area thus allowing the right
shoulder to rotate under the chin as the follow through movement
You have to learn to rotate a very compact upper body unit around
a fixed point (See below) whilst maintaining the forward upper body
angle and a sideways tilt of the upper body so that the left shoulder
is positioned under the chin at the end of the back swing movement
(depending on the flexibility of your body)
But importantly you must maintain the forward and the sideways
angle of the upper body during the down swing and the follow through
It is vital that you retain these upper body angles as the right
shoulder is forced to rotate under the chin as the club head swings
to the bottom of the swing arc, thus ensuring that the club head
moves through the contact area whilst square to the target line,
but also giving a boost to the velocity of the golf shot.
However in order to perform this action correctly, you must
also keep the head firmly
held slightly behind the ball until well after the ball has been
Most high handicapped golfers allow the upper body angle to
straighten as the clubhead moves through the contact area.
Ironically this is the precise part of the golf swing when the upper
body angles should be firmly held in place.
So if you want to play very good golf, it is absolutely vital
that the upper body angles are maintained, the hips
do not sway towards the target area and the head remains slightly
behind the ball until well after the ball has been struck.
You must concentrate on this aspect of the golf swing, especially
as the clubhead goes through the contact area, but importantly,
you must continue to maintain these upper body angles until the
completion of the golf swing.
This exercise is performed without holding a golf club.
Therefore whilst facing a wall, place your toes about 300mm
away from the wall and slowly adopt your normal address position
and as you bend over, you will note that your head is either touching
or nearly touching the wall.
If the head is not quite touching the wall, slowly shuffle your
body forward so that as you move closer to the wall, your head actually
touches the wall.
Whilst maintaining both a sideways angle and a forward angle
of the upper body, move the weight of your body on to the balls
of your feet, so that the whole body begins to tilt forward and
the head rest heavily against the wall.
Therefore hold the head firmly against the wall whilst you carry
out this exercise.
As long as you keep the head touching the wall, the head will
be kept firmly in place.
Therefore whilst holding this position, simply rotate the shoulders
back and forth, but to achieve the desired effect, focus on a spot
on the ground.
As the shoulders make a full rotational movement towards the
target area, the right shoulder
will automatically to rotate under the chin.
The feeling you experience whilst carrying out this exercise
is exactly how the upper body angles should be maintained as you
carry out the full golf swing.
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