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42 FALL 2018 | NCGA.ORG WIDTH THERE'S A LIMIT Width refers to the distance or spread between your feet. "I'm not a fan of a wide stance," says Vining. Why? "The wider the stance, the harder it is for the body to rotate in the backswing and store energy against the right instep, leg and hip. A dangerous swing action can result. You are apt to reverse shift onto the left leg. This will cause you to lean back in the downswing and hit off the right foot. That produces the reverse-C that, if repeated often enough, can cause curvature of the back. "I recommend that the width of your stance with irons should measure the width of your shoulders from the out- side edge of your feet; with woods, from the inside edge of your feet. POSTURE THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT Posture is closely allied to knee flex. "You stand taller at the ball from the waist down," Vining points out, "so the upper body must make a considerable bend forward from the hips." Vining uses tennis and baseball swings to reason this out. "Because the ball you're hitting is approximately in the middle of your body, the swing must be rotational, the bat/racket making a circle around your body. But in golf the ball is always 90 degrees straight down, so you simulate the ball being centered by hinging over it from the hip joint. "The spine is an axis of rotation and in this position it can rotate. If your upper body is upright or vertical, and there is a lot of knee flex as well your swing will almost surely be more vertical," Vining says. "I teach golfers to coil, and then uncoil, which is much better on the back." And the quality of your golf shots.

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