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On the Green with Danie: Do you GAASP?

Posted by Caleb M. on Dec 21, 2012 2:40:00 PM

Golf_GaaspWhether you're a beginner at golf or a seasoned professional, every fundamental stems from GAASP. You might already GAASP, but you just never knew it was called that. Well, Danie break it down for you so you can understand.

GAASP stands for Grip, Aim, Alignment, Stance, Posture.

Grip: 

A good grip is a compromise between power and control. The grip you favor does not matter as much, as long as both hands work together in the swing. 

Grip pressure must be light. Tighten your grip and you're locking your body muscles which will limit your range of movement making it difficult to create power. Concentrate on maintaining a light grip.

Drills to help with your grip:

  • Natural knuckle hang
  • Falling Club drill
  • Numbers drill
  • Three types of grips
  • Four P's of the grip; Position, Placement, Pressure, Precision

Aim: 

With correct aim, you will begin to hit the ball on target. Beginning with the golf club resting behind the ball with your feet together is the simplest way to aim in your step-up routine. You want both the clubface and shoulders to look like they are pointing on target.

Drills to help your aim:

  • Parallel clubs alignment
  • Magnetic rod pointing from your clubface
  • Pre-shot routine with your feet together to achieve correct aim to your target

Alignment:

Correct aim and alignment work together. Without correct aim, your alignment will not be set-up correctly. Making sure your set-up is square and parallel in relation to the ball-to-target-line is alignment. If your feet are on one track with the golf ball on another, these tracks should form a parallel which will mean consistent striking of the golf ball.

Drills to improve your alignment:

  • Parallel clubs
  • Two club drill
  • Three club drill

Stance:

In our experience, stance is often the least looked at parts of the static golf swing. Correct feet placement and ball position are critical to consistent golf. In your pre-shot routine, stand with your feet together, move your target (or left) foot about one foot width to the left, move your non-target (or right) foot to the right. Now the amount you move your right foot to the right depends on the club you are playing with. 

Using a mid iron, move your foot to shoulder width. Using longer clubs, move your foot just a bit wider than shoulder width, and if you are using a short club around the green, move your foot inside the shoulder width.

Posture:

Posture would be the final piece of the puzzle in your basic set-up. If you are not following with your grip, aim, alignment, stance and finally posture, then you will not be consistent on the course. Check out Danie's video here for a quick overview of how to get the correct pocture on the golf course. 

Posture begins with simply placing your body in an athletic position. Once placed into an athletic position, make sure your spine is nice and straight, your chin is up, knees naturally flexed with your weight 60-70% forward. Allow your arms to fall naturally and as a final check, make sure you are not too close or too far from the club. 

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