Carolinas Golf Magazine

SPR 2019

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You can start with a posi- tion I call "Salute the General" – imagine you're a young private trying to impress your superior officer with a crisp salute, and stand tall with your shoulders back, but relaxed. Make sure your chin is up and your neck is straight. From there, maintain this posture while bringing your arms and the golf club in front of you (A). Be sure to keep your elbows close to your sides, like an alligator's arms. Keeping your elbows close to your body engages your core and makes you stronger – and less vulnerable to injury. Then bend from the waste until the golf club rests on the ground (B), adding a slight bend to your knees. You'll find yourself in an athletic posture that helps you create speed and balance through the swing, which should result in additional distance and accu- racy. Practice this sequence, from the salute through to your ready position, and you'll find consistency becoming a regular part of your swing. ■ 28 | | S P R I N G 2 0 1 9 I N S T RU C T I O N PGA Professional Doug Weaver, a two-time Carolinas PGA Teacher of the Year, is the PGA Director of Instruction at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. T here are a lot of variables in a round of golf that are out of your control. But one thing that every golfer can control from tee to green is their pre-swing posture. If you're addressing the ball with poor posture, you're in trouble before you even start to swing. That's why I work with stu- dents on a simple system for putting your body in a posi- tion to succeed before each swing. A Salute to Better Posture Improving your posture will lead to a better swing path and crisper shots BY DOUG WEAVER, PGA WITH DON JOZWIAK DON JOZWIAK A B

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