June 13, 2007

Better wide than narrow

Hitting hybrids is easier with a stable lower body

Kick in your right knee and arch out your left knee for stability.

Kick in your right knee and arch out your left knee for stability.

Bob Toski and Jack Nicklaus have played a significant role in my approach to teaching and playing the game. Though they have very different body types and golf swings, they both have told me a wide stance is better than a narrow one. I find this especially true with longer clubs and when hitting hybrids from the rough. A stance just wider than your shoulders:

Gives you a stable platform over which you can turn your upper body.

Encourages your hips to stay level throughout the swing; the left hip is likely to drop when your stance is too narrow, causing mis-hit shots.

Lowers your center of gravity so playing in the wind is easier— are less likely to get blown off balance.

Pre-set your right knee slightly inward at address, and keep it there to the top of the swing. You'll find that promotes greater stability, a correct angle of attack and consistently solid contact.