By Josh Zander
Maintaining your posture is known as an important fundamental to
a good golf swing. I completely agree with that statement with one exception.
It is only important to maintain your posture if you have a “one plane” swing.
A one plane swing has your left arm on the same plane as your shoulders at the
top of your backswing. This is more commonly known as a flat or more rounded
golf swing. You can almost think of this as a baseball swing that needs to be
bent over in order to hit the ground.
If you have a “two plane” swing or more upright golf swing,
please do not maintain your posture! Your left arm is in a higher position at
the top of your backswing which already gives you an angle to hit the ground.
Bending over during the downswing will lead to deep divots. You should also
stand more upright at address if you have a two plane swing.
When you watch a video, read an instruction book or receive a
tip, make sure it will help you with your impact or ball flight or it is not
for you. There are many fundamentals out there that apply to different types of
golf swings. It is up to your PGA professional to clear up the confusion and
guide you on the correct path. Next time you take a lesson, tell your
instructor about your impact and ball flight. Armed with this information, your
teacher can help you understand the fundamentals that apply to you.