Set Up Fundamentals–The Key to Golf Shot Consistency

 By Mary Hafeman

If I ask you to think about it, what do you do in your life that is consistent? Most people have to think about it for awhile. I ask them what your routine is in the morning when you wake up. They recite what they do step by step to me. I ask the student if their routine changes day to day. Do you think about your routine? About 100 percent of the time they say, “No, I do the same thing every day and I don’t think about it.”

This is a good example of basic fundamentals and a consistent routine which is done without thinking and produces consistent results. After we discuss this situation, the student then comes up with more examples of fundamentals and routines that are in their lives.

Just like your life, great golf set up fundamentals are essential for consistent shot making for all level players. Watch the professionals on TV. Each time they set up, they take the necessary time to ensure they are set up with proper distance from their body to their club. You too must pay special attention especially to how far you are standing from the grip end of the club. Each club you choose is a different length so yes, the ball does get farther away from you when you are using a driver compared to a wedge. However, the distance from the butt end of the club to your left thigh does not change. It is very important to be consistent with the “gap” or distance between body and end of club.

How far should your distance be? An easy way to get the right set up distance is to take your stance and grip the club. Take your right hand off the club (if right handed) and spread your hand out completely. Position your open hand from the left thigh reaching to the end of the club. Your pinkie should touch your left thigh and the thumb should touch the butt end of the club. The palm of your right hand should be facing the target. Each of your shots should be consistently the same distance from body to end of club.

By using this technique you will see more consistent ball contact. When you start correctly – you’re half way to a good swing. Have fun working on your game! It’s fun and rewarding.

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ireland_2008_165-1_full1-150x150About the Author
Mary E. Hafeman, President and Owner of Fore in One Golf Services, is a highly regarded, accomplished player, instructor and operations specialist within the golf industry. In 2009, she created Mary Hafeman Golf Experience, a web-based community to fit the needs of a growing network of people interested in all facets of the game. Mary Hafeman Golf Experience provides a realm of experiences, from exceptional golf instruction, inclusive player development programs, customized travel, tournaments and outing series, to social networking opportunities for players of all levels.  Mary is a former player on the LPGA Tour, one of the games’s “Top 50 Teachers” according to Golf for Women magazine and recognized as a ”Top Teacher” by region by Golf Magazine.