[ TomTuckerGolf.com Tips ] Issue 20 - Date 07/04/12


- Tom's Featured Tip: Posture and Spine Tilt
- Tom's Bonus Tip: 6 Reasons For Hitting It Fat or Thin - and the Cure
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Tom's Featured Tip - Posture and Spine Tilt

This tip pertains to spine angle as viewed from a down the line angle, not
radial spine axis tilt viewed from a face on view.

Most of my students come to me with a gross misconception of how their setup
posture relates to the changing positions of the spine during the golf swing.

It's readily apparent that they have been told, or have read, that they should maintain
good posture throughout the swing - without having that explained.

Without having it explained, one may surmise that they should try to maintain a forward
waist bend throughout their swing. This produces some big leaning away from the target
back during the backswing, some off balance finishes, some very poor shots, and a lot of
frustration - because the student thinks they are doing the right thing.

Think Forward Torso Inclination NOT Forward Bend at The Waist.

What you should try to do is to maintain forward upper torso inclination throughout the
swing. That's a lot different than maintaining a forward bend from the waist.

This means that if you set up with a 30 degree forward bend at address, there should
still be a 30 degree forward upper torso inclination towards the ball in your backswing and
through swing. In order for this to happen, your spine must tilt to the side as your
body turns back, then tilt again as it turns forward.

The shoulders turn at a 90 degree angle to the spine, so yes - they do dip and rise.
How much or how little depends on the swing method you are using.  Some methods
actually employ a flatter turn than 90 degrees to the spine, but they still move up and
down to a degree.

As the spine it tilts to the side, it also straightens, so don't fight it - let it happen.

This is not exclusive advice for those followers of the Stack & Tilt Swing, every excellent
golfer does this regardless of their swing method. The difference between methods
would be in the degree that the spine straightens towards the target in the backswing,
how the weight shifts, and the plane of the shoulder turn.

Notice how better players are always seeing the results of their shots with an angled
(tilted) eyeline. It's because their upper torso remained forward tilted into their follow through,
which is evidence of a good forward spine inclination (tilt) through the strike.

So ... if you find yourself leaning into your backswing to maintain forward bend from the
waist, tilt to the side instead and enjoy the results!

Think Forward Torso Inclination NOT Forward Bend at The Waist.

Enjoy, Tom

Tom's Bonus Tip - 6 Reasons For Hitting It Fat or Thin

Breakdown of the left elbow
2) Weight on right side at impact, sometimes caused by reverse weight shift
3) Lack of hip and/or torso rotation
4) Right arm straightening too soon in downswing
5) Breakdown of the right wrist prior to impact - the "hit" impulse
6) Coming out of torso inclination too early


The grand-daddy cure-all drill for fixing fat hits is the Toe Up to Toe Up Drill:
http://www.tomtuckergolf.com/drillimpact.html it's a good drill that fits
any swing method.

Try it, you'll like it.

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All the best,

Tom Tucker
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