Mark Gibson: Posture, grip and balance

ONE of the keys to a good golf swing is in the set-up and we need three things to be right: our grip, our posture and our balance.

IF you watch golf on TV you'll notice fairly quickly that ll good players have a good set up over the ball. They look comfortable, balanced and ready to make a dynamic movement.

This isn't a happy accident, it's the result of a lot of training and practise and its something amateurs need to work on, too.

There are three facets to the set-up which I'll go through one at a time, starting with the grip then covering posture and balance.

The most important part of the grip is that you have a secure hold of the club and by that I don't mean gripping it tightly.

What that means is that the club sits in the part of the hand where the fingers meet the palm.

The next thing is to make sure the hands and club are joined in such a way that the hands can square the clubface easily and as you'll see in the video above I use a shortened club to illustrate this.

With the clubface so close to the hands it's easy to see the relationship between the two and how they are supposed to work in the swing.

Once the grip is good we need to move on to creating good posture over the ball. Without good posture it's very difficult for the club to move efficiently around the body and the swing becomes a series of attempted compensations to find the ball with the clubface.

There are two bends in a good golf set-up: a major one at the pelvis and a minor one at the knees.

The easy way to learn this is by using the drill I demonstrate in the video above where you take a club and put it under your backside, almost like sitting on the edge of a chair.

The goal is then to look at the ball while keeping your chest up. When you tilt forwards you'll feel the weight go to your toes and this is where step two comes in: the knee bend.

By slightly bending the knees you'll see you fall comfortably into a very good set-up position.

The last key to a good set-up is balance and by that I mean we want to have equal weight over both feet.

To make this easy it's best to have the left foot under the left shoulder and the right foot under the right shoulder.

While my left shoulder is lower because my left hand is further down the club my weight is spread 50/50 across my two feet.

Get these three things right and you'll be a long way towards building yourself a powerful, efficient golf swing.


Mark Gibson

The name Mark Gibson is synonymous with golf. Since caddying for his father from the age of four and having his first golf lesson at six, Gibson was destined to be involved in the golf industry and it's no surprise he has become one of the nation's most sought after coaches.

Gibson has always had a passion for both learning and teaching and is one of only three out of 1200 PGA members with both AAA PGA Accreditation and Master Fitter status as a club fitter.

He has won the PGA's top teaching award, the PGA National Teacher of the year, twice while winning Queensland PGA Golf Teacher of the year an unprecedented three times.

Today, Mark is the owner and coaching director of Mark Gibson’s Exceptional Golf at Royal Pines Resort, leading a team of coaching professionals at one of the premier Golf Resorts in Australia.

To book time with Mark visit his website at www.markgibsongolf.com.au.

Mark Gibson