Golf Basics: Use this simple drill to learn a proper address position 

By GolfTEC Digital

At one point or another, your golf buddies have probably given you a tip or two about how to address the ball. And, they’ve probably covered the full gamut of analogies:

“Feel like you’re sitting on a bar stool.”

“Think about it like if you’re¬†on the basketball court, playing defense against¬†Michael Jordan.”

But,¬†none of these comparisons ever seem to¬†be quite right, so GolfTEC’s VP of Instruction and Master PGA Professional Andy Hilts,¬†is here with a simple answer to your address problems: The referee stance.

If you’ve ever seen a referee or umpire take their stance, they typically hold an¬†athletic posture with a slight knee bend and strong core. This allows for ease of movement, proper posture¬†and balanced¬†weight distribution on your feet.

Here’s how to do it:


The Referee Drill for a proper address position

DO THIS
The referee drill is as simple as it gets. When done correctly, it will put you into proper address position every time.

  • Set your feet shoulder-width apart
  • Bend slightly at the knees
  • Rest¬†your hands just above your knees
  • Grip the club and swing!

NOT THIS!
Knowing what an improper address position feels like can be just as helpful. Notice how at right Andy’s weight¬†is too far toward his heels and he’s slouched over.¬†

  • Don’t bend your¬†knees too much
  • Don’t let your weight fall toward your heels
  • Don’t slouch over your knees
  • Don’t lock your knees straight

Check out the quick video below and observe¬†the differences in Andy’s posture. Forget the bar stool and basketball analogies, and¬†use the Referee Drill for a good address position!


VIDEO: The Referee Drill



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