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Ernie Els – My Craziest Lesson

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Ernie Els – How I fixed my Posture

I was reading in a golf magazine from a few years back and found an article on the Big Easy. The article was titled “My Craziest Lesson” and how he fixed his posture with the help of US Open Champion Michael Campbell.

The 2005 US Masters was a complete wash out for Ernie as he did not feel at all comfortable in his set up and as a result hit the ball poorly all week. This is very common in golfers of this stature, feel is massively important!

Lucky for him his coach at the time, David Leadbetter, was watching the tournament a week later (the Johnnie Walker Classic) and noticed the flaw in Ernie’s set up.

Ernie’s posture had become slumped and was affecting his golf swing, so Lead put a video together of a current coaching session with Ernie of him in a better position. Lucky for Ernie, Michael Campbell was flying out to the next tournament at the BMW Asian Open where he gave Els the video tape.

Ernie quickly headed to his hotel room where he could watch the video and immediately realised how poor his posture had become. He went out to the range shortly after and started to work on the changes and immediately found that his swing clicked right away – he was flushing it!!

In round two of the tournament he shot 62 with 8 birdies, an eagle and no bogeys. He went on to win the tournament by a mere 13 shots.

The video reinforced some key pieces of advice that every golfer should follow. Work on your fundamentals as these can easily get out of position and this will have an effect on your golf swing.

Go back to the basics often – tour professionals do and tiny changes in your set up can have a huge impact on your results.

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Article taken from Golf Digest