Jeff Mitchell: Hi, this is Jeff Mitchell with the Golf Standard.
Today, we're talking about spine angle and its influence on the swing.
In a good golf swing, we normally setup with about 50% of our weight on the left side and about 50% on the right side.
In a good swing we're going to turn to the right, get that weight on the right side; we're going to turn to the left, get the weight on the left side.
To accomplish that the one thing we want to make sure we do is actually revolve around the spine.
We want as little motion in the spine as possible so that as we go through the swing this direction, this slight tilt right here is only caused by the right hand being below the left, but as we go through the swing we want to make sure that that spine angle is very, very constant on the backswing all the way to the top and that that spine angle is very, very constant on the through swing almost to the finish.
At the end we'll come up and out of that, just to save a little wear and tear on our back.
The biggest ingredient in the game is actually staying constant to the golf ball and the best way to do that is to make sure that you're revolving around a very stationary spine.
From this angle you can see that this alignment rod will represent an extension of my spine, but as I go through the swing my goal is to make sure that my spine angle does not change going back and that my spine angle does not change going through.
To practice that, I'll take many swings shoulder height to shoulder height, really getting a sense of what I'm trying to actually maintain in that C7 or the base of the neck.
If I can revolve around the spine this way and this way, I'm going to make sure I have better balance.
I'm going to have a lot more control of the swing and the ball is going to be there when I get back.
Grab a friend and go to the golf course and have them check your spine angle face on and down the line.
I think you're going to get a great deal of benefit understanding that the one thing you want to do is revolve around a stationary point, and that being the base of the neck.