Tips for Tall Golfers

I would guess that golf is playable for people up to about six feet tall. After that, problems arise that need special solutions. I’m 6’6″ tall, and while this has never seemed like a handicap, I do have to approach the golf swing differently than standard instruction would have me do.

While your height does not always mean your clubs ned to be modified, it does mean you should have your clubs fitted to be sure. They might have to be longer and get bent a few degrees upright.

Most of the problems can be solved during the setup. The first thing a tall golfer must do is stand as tall as he can.* By bending over too much, you create angles in your swing that make it difficult to maneuver the club effortlessly, but still full of power.

By standing taller, you will have to stand closer to the ball. The way to stand taller is to elevate your hip at the same time you bend over from it. Bend over, but not down. When you bend your torso forward it should feel like your backside is coming up.

Make sure your upper body does not collapse, either. Your back should be a straight in the address position as it is when you stand upright. Your head can fall forward, but only enough that your neck does not feel rigid.

The usual recommendation for the width of your stance is shoulder width. Tall golfers should take a narrower stance.

During the swing itself, the only thing that need extra attention is balance. It will be easier for a tall golfer to get out of balance while swinging a golf club than someone who is not altitudinally gifted.

Also during the swing, do not rush. Your tempo can be slower than the shorter golfer, both to help you keep in balance, and because your longer swing arc gives you more time to build up the same amount of clubhead speed.

*I’m using the male pronoun given the likelihood that few of my female readers are six-and-a-half feet tall.

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2 thoughts on “Tips for Tall Golfers”

  1. I continue to come back to your site when my stance gets too wide. Like you, I’m 6’6” and struggle with keeping my stance narrow. I also struggle with tempo. The slower my tempo, the longer, and straighter, I hit it. I’m a low single digit, but when I get wide at all, I feel like I have no business on the course.

    1. Paul,
      I have a narrow stance too, and my relative lack of flexibility prevents me from taking a wider one. As for tempo, it can get away from you very easily. I remind myself constantly to start the club down at the same speed I took it up, and when I do that, it all works out.


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