ENGLISH golf coach Pete Cowen is globally respected as among the best in the business.
His clientele has included, among others, Major winners Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizen, Danny Willett, Sergio Garcia, Darren Clarke, Henrik Stenson, Gary Woodland and Brooks Koepka, and this week we focus on his timeless tips that touch on good posture.
Essentially they are to help improve your posture and balance, which are key components to consistency.
Weight too far forward
If the club golfer sets his weight poorly at address, it tends to be too far forward – into the balls of the feet and even the toes. It can create problems because your body instinctively seeks to balance itself. If it senses it is out of balance it will try to compensate during the swing itself. This could lead to rocking back into the heels, straightening up or going back too much on the inside. All cause inconsistency.
Keep it centred
If you are to be robust and stable over the ball, good posture and balance are key. Your weight should be running down through the middle of your feet, if anything favouring the balls but mostly under the laces. Bio-mechanical studies have shown that the body’s centre of gravity is about two inches behind the navel, so arrange your body so that this point is pretty much over the arches of my feet.
Before you do anything else, check your posture. Many club players become a little lazy in this area. If you don’t stand correctly to the ball, then everything else becomes slightly pointless.