Good ball-striking starts at setup.
I’m on the Web.com Tour and have my eye on a PGA Tour card, but I’m still practising fundamentals that began when I started working with my swing coach,Alex Murray, in the eighth grade. Namely, I’m trying to set up in the proper hitting angle.Alex’s theory is that to be in the correct position at impact, you should start in a very similar position at address. It makes it easier to maintain those angles when you swing.
I start with the left side of my torso set higher than the right (photo, previous page), but I don’t put too much weight on my back foot. Instead, I focus on my left side, making sure the shoelaces, calf, quad and shoulder are all in a straight line. I also set the left side of my temple over the ball.To be clear, I’m not stacking all my weight on my front leg. I’m just putting enough weight forward to create a reverse-K look to my body at address.
This setup helps me eliminate unwanted body movement in the backswing – no big sway away from the ball – and allows me to create lateral force toward sthe target as I start down (photo, opposite page). Lateral force is so important.You see it in a lot of sports – hitting a tennis ball, throwing a football or a baseball, etc.Those athletes generate power starting with the side of their bodies closest to the target higher than the other side.You never see the opposite.You can’t perform that way.
So that’s why I spend so much time working on setup. Below are some drills I do to groove good positions and make my ball-striking better. They’re things you can do to improve, too. Let me show you how.