When Swinging Your Golf Club, Remember the Letters PGA
What do you think of when you hear the term PGA? Yes, PGA does stand for Professional Golfers Association, but it’s also one of the most important acronyms in golf instruction. When PGA professionals hear the term PGA, we’re thinking Posture, Grip, and Alignment.
P is for Posture. A great example of the proper posture for a golf swing is the way a third baseman stands when he’s waiting for a hit ball to come to him. The body should stand up tall with the head up, not slumped on the chest trying to keep it down. Arms should be extended, but not locked. Back should be straight but not rigid. Grip should be firm but not too tight. Legs and feet should be solid but not stiff. This posture is often referred to as an athletic position.
G is for Grip. The best grip is one that allows the player to hit the best shots. A good grip will allow the player to hit the ball to the maximum distance and in the proper direction. A golfer can grip the club with three different grips: overlap, interlock, or ten fingers. A few things to consider when choosing one of these grips is preference, ability to get the club face square, grip pressure, and making sure you can see up to 3 knuckles in the left or right hand depending upon a right handed or left handed golfer.
A is for alignment. When addressing the ball, your body (feet, knees, hips, forearms, shoulders, and eyes) should be positioned parallel to the target line. When viewed from behind, a right-handed golfer will appear to be aimed slightly left of the target. This optical illusion is created because the ball is on the target line and the body is not. The feet should be shoulder-width apart (outside of the shoulders to the inside of the heels) for the middle irons. Your weight should be balanced on the balls of the feet, not on the heels or toes.Your knees should be slightly flexed and directly over the balls of your feet for balance.
Your swing evolves from your setup. If you focus on the pre-swing fundamentals, you are more likely to improve your golf game. A good setup does not guarantee success; however, it improves your chances of success on the golf course. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please leave a comment for me here on this blog.