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Swing Fault Loss Of Spin Angel

Swing Fault Loss Of Spin Angel. Ideally, the amount of spine angle you create at your address position should remain constant throughout your golf swing. If the angle is compromised at any point in the swing, for example, if you raise up as you swing the club back or you straighten your body as you strike the ball, you will not be able to maintain the club on the proper swing plane (see figure 2.6 for a demonstration of what loss of spine angle looks like).

Swing Fault Loss Of Spin Angel

Physical limitations that can cause loss of spine angle to include the following:

  1. Limited core stability
  2. Weak gluteal muscles (buttocks)
  3. Lack of spinal mobility
  4. Tight hamstrings
  5. Tight chest muscles
  6. Tight and weak back muscles
Swing Fault Loss Of Spin Angel

Figure 2.6

Maintaining a constant spine angle in the golf swing is essential to solid, consistent ball contact. Any upward or downward movement with the body causes a chain reaction of compensations that adversely affect the mechanics of the golf swing, including inconsistent ball contact and loss of balance and power, and greatly increases your chance
of injury. If a golfer’s abdominal muscles are inhibited or weak or the thoracic spine (upper back) does not have proper flexibility, he or she will be unable to maintain the correct spine angle throughout the swing due to subconscious compensation by lifting up to complete the golf swing.

The Overhead Deep Squat

Statistical research at the Titleist Performance Institute has found several correlations between the overhead deep squat and the golf swing. If a golfer is unable to perform a full deep squat with their heels on the ground, it can be difficult for them to maintain their posture during the downswing. Loss of spine angle, where the action of thrusting the lower body toward the golf ball and straightening the torso during the downswing, sometimes called “early extension,” is common.

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