The part is body plays in golf is one area that golfers often underestimate. Understanding the role of the body for any golfer is a key aspect of improving their game.
Attention has been directed to the position of the body in the address, and especially to the tilt of the body, which I have said must remain constant with reference to the ball, but this is easier said than done. It is very difficult to execute, but it is not difficult to understand, once the correct idea is grasped.
It is immaterial to the player to know each particular bend and twist of the spinal column in order to accomplish this desirable object, as it will be sufficient that his purpose is to keep his body tilted at the angle I have shown.
In my own case it took me a long time to unlearn what I had read and been told about raising my arms and getting my club over my right shoulder. If the body is tilted properly there is very little, if any, tendency to raise the head and jump at the ball or duck the knees.
If the player can get through his head that there should be no “lunging” at the ball, but that the power should be developed by twisting the body, he will find that it does not take three or four years to hit the ball easily and get good distance.
The fact that so many, practically all, players in the early stages endeavor to heave violently at the ball shows that it must be their understanding of the stroke that is at fault and not the lack of the physical ability to drive the ball a good distance which is to blame.