QUADS 'N SCAPS
Thanks to my teacher, Sean Foley, this is the phrase in my head every time I address the ball. As I settle into position, I bend my knees until I feel the tops of my thighs, or quadriceps, engage. Once I feel this strong connection to the ground, I lightly pinch my shoulder blades, or scapulae, together, then relax. This makes my shoulders feel wide and strong, not rounded and weak.
Focusing on good posture really helps my consistency day to day. In the gym I do a lot of deadlifts, and I'm feeling the difference when I get over the ball. My legs are heavy and sturdy, which gives me confidence that I can put some speed in the swing without losing my balance.