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The Golf Posture Pod: A Great Teaching and Training Tool

“In the box” is a phrase I have coined to highlight the importance of having the hips stay deep during the swing. If the head stays out over the ball the deepening of the hips produces an increase in posture during the swing, which means that the head of the golfer will lower both in the backswing and in the first part of the downswing. The Golf Posture Pod is a device that allows you to train this movement while visually measuring whether or not you are being successful at your attempt to deepen the hips during the swing. If you have watched any of my lesson videos you must have noticed that a common mistake among amateur players is the movement of the hips and legs towards the ball in the forward swing. When this happens the body is forced to balance itself by pulling the upper body up and back, and consequently posture is lost, i.e. the player “stands up”. In the process of standing up in the approach to impact the ability to rotate is lost and the right side cannot move forward, causing the player to “run out of right arm” and be forced to “flip” the club into impact as opposed to leaning the shaft forward at impact and “sustaining” the bend of the right wrist past the ball.
 
Proper pivot motion is physically difficult. Staying bent over (and actually adding bend) through the downswing while aggressively driving forward and around is taxing on just about every joint and muscle in the lower body, and up into the upper trunk as well. Most golfers, if not otherwise taught, will avoid such difficulties and seek out different, easier routes to hitting the ball. They may be easier, but they aren’t nearly as good. The prevalence of great players who lower during the swing and add posture means only one thing: it is a good idea for anyone to do the same thing. The Golf Posture Pod is the first machine I have seen that allows the player to practice correctly while getting feedback on real time swings to tell him if his practice is producing the desired results.
 
I love this machine. I have it set up so that I can get the student to make a few back and for the movements while pushing back on the pad, then step forward to hit a shot. I can go back and forth with them as much as I want, and the results are fairly astonishing. It has been obvious to me for a long time that the hip movement that the Posture Pod ensures is important in the attempt to acquire a good swing. I have tried to teach and train this movement, but it is one of the more stubborn of swing flaws. Driving the right leg toward the ball and up under the upper body, causing the upper body to respond by backing up (the essence of “losing posture”) is an instinctive motion that is easily understood but incredibly difficult to change. This machine will make a big difference in my attempt to teach what I consider to be higher level technique.
 

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5 Responses to The Golf Posture Pod: A Great Teaching and Training Tool

  1. John Neeson April 6, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    Wayne,
    Looks like an interesting device. I saw a drill some years ago wherein a pro advocated placing the back of a plastic lawn chair against your behind and suggested swinging while maintaining contact with it. I think it was 37 bucks. At the time, I didn’t appreciate the importance of this in improving the strike.
    You mentioned the physical demands of a proper pivot. I got to 50 without so much as a scratch but a couple of years ago I had a swing key in my head which was simply focussing on maintaining my spine angle through the hit. It was the one that Tom Watson calls his ‘secret’.
    One cold morninng I was running late and teed off without a warmup on the first shot (while trying to maintain this posture), I felt a lower back twinge on the left side above the pelvis. I walked in at the 9th, barely able to move. It was resolved with massage rest and some exercise but now it is always there and I feel that the correct pivot move, body over, hips in the box, etc, always threatens that old injury.
    I do think the correct pivot is challenging on the body of weekend golfers and would be interested if you know any exercises specifically designed to make one more athletically prepared for a correct pivot.

  2. Mike April 8, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    Hi Wayne, if that was my rig, I’d be building an anti-shank protector out of Perspex for your laptop ;-)

  3. Freddie Fringe April 8, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    From one of my favorite magazines, Wired:

    A feedback loop involves four distinct stages. First comes the data: A behavior must be measured, captured, and stored. This is the evidence stage. Second, the information must be relayed to the individual, not in the raw-data form in which it was captured but in a context that makes it emotionally resonant. This is the relevance stage. But even compelling information is useless if we don’t know what to make of it, so we need a third stage: consequence. The information must illuminate one or more paths ahead. And finally, the fourth stage: action. There must be a clear moment when the individual can recalibrate a behavior, make a choice, and act. Then that action is measured, and the feedback loop can run once more, every action stimulating new behaviors that inch us closer to our goals.

    What a cool device to have to effect change quickly.

  4. David May 5, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks Wayne this certainly answered a few questions I’ve had with my own action and also with a few of my students. I call it the “old man pissing” position where I move away from the ball on my downswing into impact. I recently had a student who had a similar issue and without seeing this I might have not been able to help him it.
    Great work keep those “experts” honest and thank you for your passion. Cheers

  5. Steven Bongardt August 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    Wayne – any thoughts on maybe using a Bender Ball/Stick to do somewhat of the same thing? Thanks!

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