Swing better and lower your scores with Golfer Setup

John Emmert
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John Emmert
August 29th, 2014
Swing better and lower your scores with Golfer Setup

Golfer Setup screenshot

If you play golf you know how frustrating the game can be. Golfer Setup, a US$.99 Universal app runs on iOS 7.1 and could help you eliminate some of those frustrations.

First be aware the developer of this app is not a golf professional. He claims to be an avid golfer who through hard work and lots of studying the golf swing has lowered his average score from an 18 handicap down to about a 3. The basic information contained in his app parallels golf instruction I received over the last twenty years from one of the best teaching pros in Florida. So following the instructions should get you off to a good start.

Both the app and my golf pro friend stress that most amateurs are in trouble before they ever start to take the club back in their swings. Golfer Setup stresses the need for golfers to be in the correct position before they swing. My pro called it GAPS: Grip, Alignment, Positioning, and Stance. If those are not correct, golfers cannot make a successful swing. Golfer Setup uses a quote from Jack Nicklaus, "If you set up correctly, there's a good chance you'll hit a reasonable shot, even if you make a mediocre swing. If you set up to the ball poorly, you'll hit a lousy shot even if you make the greatest swing in the world."

This app breaks the golf swing down for a driver and fairway woods and for irons. Golfer Setup then offers detailed views from behind and from the side of a golfer at setup.

Golfer Setup screenshot

Once you have selected one of the views, you receive a further breakdown on just where all parts of your body should be at address before you swing. This includes your head, arms, shoulders, hands, feet, hips, knee and back. Users can then select one of the body parts and receive a more detailed description of the proper positioning, and explanation why to do it this way, and information on the most common faults. The app shows you what it looks like and what happens if you do it correctly and what happens if you do it the wrong way.

The side view also discusses the proper positioning of the golf ball in your stance for specific clubs, off your left heel for the driver, in the middle of your stance for most irons, and slightly further back for wedges.

Golfer Setup screenshots

The message is clear in Golfer Setup. Golfers need to get into their bodies, hands, feet, and head into the correct position before they can improve. If you do that I would expect your scores will start to come down.

Golfer Setup is also offered in a Free version however, that version does not allow you access to all the views and breakdowns available in the paid app.

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