The importance of body schema during the stroke

When I was approached about writing these articles, it raised a doubt: what should I write about if almost everything has already been said about golf? There are masses of books, videos, technical articles written by great professionals which explain it all. Therefore I will try to provide another technical vision, based on the experience I have acquired over the years I have dedicated to teaching.

Taking into account the fact that all of the errors proceed from a bad positioning and posture of the body, in this first article, we will begin by discussing the influence that this has on the swing. Why does the ball fly so low, why is my divot so deep, or why do I get lob shots with the wood from the tee? Have these questions ever crossed your mind?

A very tilted stance on the ball, with the knees barely bent, is what may be causing some of these problems. This stance does not allow us to rotate and also means that our shoulders are more slanted than they should be, which leads to the club being raised more vertically than is normal. If we do not make any compensatory movement during the downswing, this stance causes us to strike downwards instead of ahead, with the posture on impact being strong.

On the other hand, why do I sometimes strike the ground before I hit the ball? Why does the ball go so high that it loses distance? In this case, it is because our stance has the torso too upright and the knees too bent. In this position, we have rotation, but not the correct tilt, and this causes the upswing of the club to be too horizontal. Therefore, unless we correct this during the downswing, we will strike the ball upwards instead of ahead,with the posture on impact being weak.

If we adopt a correct stance, we will enjoy good rotation and tilt of the body during the upswing, which then allows us to move the club in a neutral swing plane. However, what is the correct stance? The one that allows us to trace a vertical line from the centre of the shoulder to the ground, passing through the knee and ending at the tips of your toes.

Mario Rapado
Sporting technician for the Balearic Golf Federation