Focus on the fundamentals of a proper setup position. One of the most important fundamentals to a proper setup position is posture. Do the following actions in order with a golf club for good posture.
- Position your feet shoulder width apart, with your weight evenly balanced between your heels and toes or what is considered the balls of the feet;
- Bend from the waste by pushing your buttocks out, while maintaining a straight spine and with your chin held high, until the golf club is 2 inches above the ground.
- Lastly, make a slight knee bend until the golf club soles the ground
Rule of the Month
The most common penalty strokes taken in a round are from water hazards. If your ball comes to rest in a yellow or red water hazard, you may play the ball as it lies, without penalty. If the hazard is marked yellow, then you have two of the following options under the penalty of one stroke:
- Play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played: or
- Drop a ball behind the water hazard, keeping the point at which the original ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard directly between the hole and the spot where the ball is dropped, with no limit as to how far behind the water hazard the ball may be dropped.
If the hazard if marked red, you have two additional options under penalty of one stroke:
- Drop a ball outside the water hazard within two club lengths of, and not nearer the hole than the point where the original ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard: or
- Drop a ball outside the water hazard within two club lengths of, and not nearer the hole than a point on the opposite side of the water hazard equidistant from the hole.