- Contacting the ball in the center of a square club face
- Keeping the club face on the intended path
- Swinging with rotational force
- Performing the swing in the proper kinematic sequence
- Maintaining segmental stability throughout the swing
A very important physical aspect of the golf swing is segmental stability. Segmental stability allows the golfer to maintain the postural positions and a fixed spine angle through all phases of the swing. Segmental stability is based upon the muscular system of the body having the required levels of strength to retain the postural positions necessitated by the athletic actions of the swing.
Segmental stability within the core is where many amateurs are deficient. The core is simply a reference to an anatomical area of the body consisting of all the muscular structures from just above the knees to slightly below the chest. Muscle groups included in the core are the abdominals, obliques, lower back, and glutes. The core is actively involved in creating the athletic actions associated with the golf swing in addition to maintaining the required postural positions.
—Sean Cochran, Golf Fitness
In an age where golf balls travel farther than their ancestors; where improvements in drivers promise more distance off the tee with fewer fault-showing ball flights; and where equipment makers claim their new irons will knock it close to hole on approach shots, I think avid amateurs must remind themselves of the fundamentals cited by Dave Phillips in his article.
I have seen firsthand the frustration and disappointment of an amateur on the course with a new $300-500 driver in his bag that didn’t fulfill his (it’s generally a male) game improvement expectations.
While equipment makers designed new clubs, TPI used technology and research to heighten our knowledge of the golf swing in ways that were heretofore possible. Phillips’ article is based on that current knowledge. If knowledge is power, then reading the article and taking its content to heart connects you to the true fundamentals of modern golf.
May the “Five Be With You!”