Address

Generally dot Grip dot Stance dot Aim dot Alignment dot Posture dot Visualization dot Forward Press

Tiger Woods Rips a Perfect Drive

Perfect positioning at address is essential because this lays the foundation on which the flawless backswing, downswing, and follow-through can happen. Tiger Woods sets up to hit the ball with all the correct key positions.

  1. Tiger's right foot is perfectly square to the target line, making it easy to keep his right knee pointed in throughout the backswing.
  2. His knees are pointed in, toward each other, poised to work in unison during the backswing and downswing, keeping Tiger's weight on the inside edge of his right foot during the backswing and on the inside edge of his left foot on the downswing.
  3. Tiger turns his left foot ¼ turn out toward the target. On the downswing, this makes it easy to clear his hips, legs, and knees through impact ahead of his coiled upper body—the shoulders, arms, and hands. This sequence of motion, with larger muscles pulling smaller muscles produces the most power at impact.
  4. He keeps his knees well flexed at address. Your legs should feel like you are ready to jump straight up in the air. It is better to put a little more flex in your knees, so the leg muscles are less tense and better able to deliver maximum power at impact.
  5. Tiger's left arm and the club shaft form a straight line down to the
    ball. To achieve this position, he sets his hands in front of the clubhead,
    across from his left thigh. This address position previews the impact
    position on the downswing. When the left arm and club shaft form a
    straight line at impact, you deliver maximum power to the ball strike.
  6. Finally, Tiger's right shoulder is positioned lower than his left shoulder. This is essential so he can set up with his hands ahead of the ball and establish the straight-line relation between his left arm and the clubshaft.

Here is an example swing key from the Address chapter of Modern Golf Thoughts:

AIM CLUBFACE AT TURF IRREGULARITY ALONG TARGET LINE

Concentrate on aiming the bottom edge of the clubface at an irregularity in the turf along the target line.

Aiming at an intermediate target about 3 to 5 feet in front of the ball is a more precise way to aim the clubface down the target line than trying to aim the clubface at the target from a distance of 50 to 250 yards away.

The Address chapter of Modern Golf Thoughts has 31 swing keys in these sections--Generally / Grip / Stance / Aim / Alignment / Posture / Visualization / Forward Press.

Some of the key fundamentals of the address position include--the perfect grip on the club, stance, posture, aiming the clubface, and aligning your body to the target line. Visualize where you want the ball to go, the ball's exact flight to the target, and trigger your swing with a forward hand press.

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