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Play Consistent Golf Part 2: SET UP CORRECTLY

The second key to consistent golf is mastering the fundamentals of the set-up: GASP, which stands for grip, alignment, stance, and posture. 50% or more of most errors on the course are caused by a mistake in one of these areas of the set-up, yet these are the easiest issues to fix if you pay the proper attention.

 

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Play Consistent Golf Part 2: Set Up Correctly

The second key to consistent golf is mastering the fundamentals of the set-up: GASP, which stands for grip, alignment, stance, and posture. 50% or more of most errors on the course are caused by a mistake in one of these areas of the set-up, yet these are the easiest issues to fix if you pay the proper attention.

Most of your set-up should be handled in your pre shot routine, which we talked about in the last video. Now, I don’t have time to go into all the parts of GASP in detail, so I am going to hit the highlights. If you want more information, see iGolfU.com

Grip: Here are the 3 key checkpoints for a good grip: Left thumb at 2 o’clock, Right Thumb at 10 o’clock, and the pad of your hand ON TOP of the grip. I’ve drawn lines and a dot on my glove to help with the visualization. The grip fits in between the lines, and the dot on the pad of my hand goes on the top of the grip. You’ll know you have a good grip when you can easily make a 90 degree hinge.

Alignment: Take special care to align your club face up with your target. Once you have your club face aligned, take a stance with your feet perpendicular to the grooves on your club. Alignment is probably the most common cause of mistakes on the course. I spend more time aligning my clubface to my target than any other step of my pre shot routine. It is worth the effort to get this one right.

Stance: Take your stance square to your target line. Your back foot should be square to the target line, not rotated to the right. Your right foot should be rotated about 20 degrees open, towards the target. For irons your feet should be under your shoulders. For the driver you feet should be just outside your shoulder line.

Posture: Golf is a sport, and you want to get into as athletic a stance as you can. Keep your spine as straight as possible, bend from the hips (not the waist), and have a slight flex to your knees. The taller you can stand, the easier it will be for you to create an athletic move.

GASP – Grip, Alignment, Stance, Posture. Master these keys to the set up and you will eliminate half of your errors on the course.

See you down the fairway!

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