10. Success Setup | Role of Address Position in Shaft Lean

June 28, 20244 min read

Setup for Success | The Role of Address Position in Shaft Lean

Introduction:

Your address position is the foundation of your golf swing and plays a crucial role in achieving proper shaft lean. A correct setup ensures you are in the best position to make solid contact with the ball. In this blog post, we'll explore how your address position influences shaft lean and provide tips for setting up correctly to improve your performance.

bad vs good posture at address

Understanding Address Position:

The address position refers to your stance and alignment before you start your swing. Key elements of a good address position include your stance width, body alignment, posture, and hand position. A correct address position sets the stage for achieving proper shaft lean and making consistent contact with the ball. Remember this though, there is no fundamental that says someone needs to be a certain way. Golfers aim up open and draw and vice versa.

Common Address Position Mistakes:

Improper address position can lead to poor shaft lean and inconsistent ball striking. Common mistakes include standing too close or too far from the ball, improper body alignment, and incorrect hand position. These errors can affect your swing path and impact position, leading to inconsistent results. Identifying and correcting these mistakes is essential for improving your setup.

Stance and Alignment:

Your stance should be shoulder-width apart, with your feet, hips, and shoulders aligned based on other match-ups. Alignment helps promote a proper swing path and ensures your body is in the correct position to achieve shaft lean based on what you do and your match-ups. Practice setting up with alignment sticks to check your stance and alignment and experiment with your shot pattern and see what your flight is. Remember that this is not a fundamental.

Posture:

Good posture is crucial for maintaining balance and control throughout your swing. Bend from your hips, keeping your back straight and knees slightly flexed. Your arms should hang naturally, and your weight should be evenly distributed between your feet. Practicing your posture in front of a mirror can help you achieve and maintain a correct setup.

Hand Position:

Your hands should be positioned slightly ahead of the ball at address. This position promotes a forward shaft lean and helps you achieve a descending blow at impact. Practice setting up with your hands ahead of the ball to develop the muscle memory needed for proper shaft lean. For those that hook i would like to see the hands at the ball.

from setup to impact

Conclusion:

A correct address position is essential for achieving proper shaft lean and improving your overall performance. By understanding the key elements of a good setup and practicing with a consistent address position, you can enhance your ball striking and achieve better results on the course. Regular practice and professional guidance can help you refine your setup and achieve a more consistent and powerful swing. Remember this, get consistent.


My name is Erik Schjolberg, but most people call me Coach Erik since I have been teaching golf for over 25 years. I teach in Scottsdale, AZ at my academy called EJS Golf. I coach PGA Tour Professionals, advanced juniors, college golfers, and others who are willing to commit to daily practice, around 15 minutes per day, using assigned feedback. My website is ejsgolf.com, where you can find detailed information on Scottsdale golf lessons and more tips on improving your game.

Throughout my career, I have emphasized the importance of match-ups in golf, and your address position is one of the most critical aspects. At EJS Golf, we provide personalized coaching to help you master these basics. Our tailored feedback and practice routines are designed to enhance your understanding and application of these principles, ensuring you see tangible improvements in your game.

I invite you to explore more tips and lessons on my blog at ejsgolf.com. Here, you can find a wealth of information on various aspects of the game, from swing mechanics to mental strategies. Whether you are a beginner looking to learn the basics or an experienced player aiming to refine your skills, my blog offers valuable insights and practical advice to help you reach your golfing goals.

In addition to individual coaching, I also offer group lessons and clinics at EJS Golf. These sessions are a great way to learn in a supportive environment and benefit from shared experiences. For more details on our programs and schedules, please visit ejsgolf.com.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I hope you found the information helpful and are inspired to pay closer attention to your address position. Remember, a solid setup is the first step towards a successful swing and better ball striking. For more tips and personalized coaching, don't hesitate to reach out to me through ejsgolf.com. I look forward to helping you improve your game and achieve your golfing aspirations.

Coach Erik Schjolberg

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Are you lost at times on the golf course or the driving range and just don’t know how to correct your slice, hitting it fat, topping the ball, etc.?  What if you had a plan, maybe even on a notecard in your golf bag as many of my student do, that is your simple blueprint towards your desired shot?  This isn’t a pie in the sky dream.  These are the tools I want to give you so that your athletic ability, mobility, strength, etc. are working as one for you!  
 
I will liberate you from those thoughts of where your body parts should be during the golf swing.  In turn, you will give yourself the chance to self organize and focus on either some external cue I will develop with you or just being in the flow state. In my system you will no longer be subject to golf myths, swing tips of the day, guessing, etc.  ​

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Are you lost at times on the golf course or the driving range and just don’t know how to correct your slice, hitting it fat, topping the ball, etc.? What if you had a plan, maybe even on a notecard in your golf bag as many of my student do, that is your simple blueprint towards your desired shot? This isn’t a pie in the sky dream. These are the tools I want to give you so that your athletic ability, mobility, strength, etc. are working as one for you! I will liberate you from those thoughts of where your body parts should be during the golf swing. In turn, you will give yourself the chance to self organize and focus on either some external cue I will develop with you or just being in the flow state. In my system you will no longer be subject to golf myths, swing tips of the day, guessing, etc. ​

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