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In this Lee Westwood swing tips series he breaks down every part of the swing - in this video he concentrates on posture
Lee Westwood Swing tips: Posture
Again, a good posture is vital. This is about giving yourself the best possible chance of making a powerful swing that keeps the club working on a good path. If your posture is lazy or stiff, you’ll struggle to move in the right way for both accuracy and power. It is one of those fundamentals that all good players have in common so do not ignore your posture. it lies at the heart of good ball striking with every golf club in the bag.
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We have already offered a great drill to set your weight over your laces at address and this also ensures you find yourself in a good posture. Your back should be straight, your chin up and your hands should hang naturally underneath your shoulders. You also want to feel athletic, dynamic as if you are about to make a powerful movement. This is good posture that will help you to get the club working on a good path throughout the golf swing.
However, having set the right spine angle, it is essential that you retain it during the swing. This is about creating as economical a movement as possible that does not require any changes in height to find a good strike. If you can keep your posture the same from address, to the top of the backswing and then through to impact, you should find the consistency of your ball striking improves. Concentrate on keeping your head at the same height - it's a great thing to focus on that will really help the quality of your ball striking.
In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."
Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points.
Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X
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