This is C-Posture at its finest!  All angles are bad here but the most obvious is the big hump in the middle of this gentleman's back.

This is C-Posture at its finest!  All angles are bad here but the most obvious is the big hump in the middle of this gentleman's back.

In the Golf world, there are 3 setup postures: C-Posture, S-Posture and neutral posture.  I'm sure somebody somewhere is the exception to that rule but we're not talking about them today! Today we are talking about the C-posture.  So what is the C-posture?

    The C-posture presents with overly rounded upper shoulders over the ball.  When setting up to hit the ball this player rounds his chest over the ball instead of bending at the waist.  The same player usually walks around with a similar posture.  His/her head is forward of the shoulders and the shoulders are pulled forward from the spine.  These folks have an abnormal posture in general and it carries over into their golf game.

 This is a nice neutral swing.  See how there is no obvious curve in the spine?  This is the start of a good swing!

This is a nice neutral swing.  See how there is no obvious curve in the spine?  This is the start of a good swing!

   So what the problem with C-posture?  Is it bad for me and my game?  Why do I care?  You should!  if not for your golf game then for your everyday activities!  This bad posture can cause a number of problems in life and golf!  Another name for C-posture, in general, is upper crossed syndrome and it can contribute to breathing complications.  With C-posture a player will most likely have problems achieving a full backswing in a good position.  The lack of motion in the thoracic cage will limit thoracic rotation and extension meaning the player will recruit from other joints for the motion.  This recruitment causes instability and results in excessive wear and tear in the joint which will manifest as pain and injury at some point.

 This is a side to side comparison of all 3 variations when setting up on the ball.

This is a side to side comparison of all 3 variations when setting up on the ball.

   So how do we fix this "C Posture" then?  That's easy!  Find your nearest TPI golf or Medical Pro and have them put you through the TPI 16 part golf specific movement screen.  From there we can isolate each player's physical limitations and treat specific dysfunction.  Without a proper diagnosis, the physician is just guessing.  If you're going to spend the money and the time on getting better you desrve specificity!