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To Insure Consistency and Success – Play with a Straight Back

I believe that to mature as a golfer, you need to have an understanding of why certain individual fundamentals on the course are working for you, and why others aren’t. In short, you have to understand the working components of your swing. Secondly, you need to understand what corrections or adjustments could be made in order to attain success.

The set-up that we teach is very specific and important. Playing with a straight spine and back angle is an important fundamental that we teach, and something that is literally the glue of our swing theory. Whether you are 5 yards form the green or teeing off, playing with a straight spine and back will ensure that you swing on a consistent plane every time you set over the golf ball.

The following are reasons why a straight back is essential for you to see success out on the course:

  • Gives you a fixed position to start from – every time
  • Allows for the club to travel on a consistent plane
  • This is essential in golf. If you are hunched over (golfers that are hunched over at the ball usually are not aware) your swing plane is consistently changing due the level that your body is over the ball. This leads to many inconsistent shots (Especially from around the green).
  • Minimizes hitting behind the ball or hitting the ball thin This is a big problem for most golfers. If you haven’t played for
    weeks and you find yourself not making solid contact, the 1st fundamental that should go through your mind is: “Is my back straight at set-up and throughout the shot”?

In my mind this is one of the most important truths that we teach about the golf swing. If you look at the tour pros they always have a straight spine angle and back at set-up and throughout their swing. Whether you are on the tee, fairway, around the green, or even on the green – having a straight spine and back angle is extremely important. Having a straight back and spine angle is especially important from around the green when pitching and

For some golfers, straightening your spine angle is going to feel very strange, because you’ve never played that way. But trust me, maintaining a straight spine throughout the swing will do wonders for your consistency. It also leads to better impact with the ball. Next time you watch the tour players on TV, make sure to check out how straight their back is at setup.

The main point that I want to communicate is that there are many factors in golf that you can’t control. For example: course conditions, weather, and course difficulty. However, one aspect of your golf swing that can be constant and unchanging is your spine angle at set-up. So play golf this way and you will begin to develop consistency and confidence.

Yours in Golf,

David Nevogt

About the Author
David Nevogt writes golf instruction material that helps golfers of all levels reach their full potential and lower their scores. David is the author of “The Simple Golf Swing” which guarantees to have you shooting 7 strokes lower in only 1 week from today.

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