A balanced golf swing looks graceful, almost effortless. Maintaining good balance throughout your swing can generate maximum club head speed and you are more likely to hit the ball solidly.
If you lose your balance your swing loses its tempo, or rhythm, and falls apart.
Good balance will result from a proper set up and maintaining good posture throughout your swing.
To find the correct balance you need to know where your weight should be during your swing.
There are three balance checkpoints during the swing to help you feel the correct balance.
- Set up is the first balance checkpoint. Keep your weight evenly distributed over the insteps of both feet – not toward your heels or toes. To check your balance at set up, simply jump straight up in the air. If you’re in balance, you should land comfortably on both feet without falling forward or backward.
- The next balance checkpoint is at the top of your swing. As your upper body coils, about 90% of your weight shifts over to the right side. It’s important to maintain a good right knee flex. Many golfers lose their balance because of tension in their legs. At the top of the backswing, your balance point is over the middle of your right foot. If it is, you should be able to lift your left leg completely off the ground and hold the position for a count of three, without wavering.
- The final balance checkpoint is during the finish. On the follow-through, the swing’s momentum should carry you to a full, balanced position, with almost all of your weight over your left foot as you roll up onto your right toe. As your upper body unwinds, your shoulders should finish over your left leg, almost at a right angle to the leg. If your shoulders are leaning backwards at the finish, it is very difficult to remain balanced. Your finish helps dictate your swing. Finish in balance and it’s likely that your entire swing was in balance. If you’re stumbling at the finish, it’s likely that your rhythm and timing are off and the shot not as good. To develop a more balanced finish, practice holding your finish position for three to four seconds, then bring the club back down to waist height – while still keeping your weight balanced on your left heel and right toes.
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