The importance of balance in a playerâ??s golf swing is one of the most overlooked areas in relation to how it dramatically influences your swing. I have many players who come into my facility wanting to increase their flexibility and want to hit it further, but rarely do I have a client wanting to improve their balance or footwork. Poor balance can lead to numerous swing faults which makes its close to impossible to play the game with consistency. Balance is managed by three internal control systems: eyes, ears and proprioception. Absorbing as many golf tips to improve your balance will greatly improve your golf swing consistency and efficiency. Maintaining a stable base throughout your golf swing is the main point of this article. Doing so will help you avoid those BIG mis-hits that cost you several strokes, and allow you to develop a strong base for those longer shots.
Proper Address Position
An efficient golf address is critical to maintaining balance throughout your swing. When you address the ball it can be viewed as one of the top issues if your goal is to hit good, consistent golf shots. If you can keep your address position relatively consistent throughout each shot, you can have some minor flaws in your swing, and still hit a reasonably good golf shot. Due to the stability in your golf swing you can overcome some minor errors, from a better set up position.
Swinging to â??Crush It!â?
This is what most of the people out there (amateurs) are looking to do with their swing. Over-gripping and swinging for the parking lot, can make any resemblance of a correct swing disappear. The thing most people do not realize is that itâ??s not how hard you swing that creates distance. More Importantly solid clubface contact with a mid to higher club head speed will yield better results, so essentially better control is more desirable than harder swings. Remember that when looking for stability start slower to gain better contact with the ball, as you progress and feel comfortable with this swing then you can increase your club head speed for greater distance.
Dealing With those Seldom Used Golf Muscles
Your body type and physical stature both have a large impact on the way your swing maintains stability. Stability and body control during your swing, an improved golf specific strength, and flexibility will give those golfing muscles a better chance at maintaining balance and hitting more solid golf shots. Maintaining a dynamic golf posture takes a higher level of golf specific fitness, which most golfers donâ??t have. Unless you address this, you may never achieve a consistent golf swing! I donâ??t mean to try the scare tactics on you, but I am telling you the sure outcome of not working on the physical aspect of your golf game.
Try balancing on one leg and then after stabilizing yourself close your eyes. Chances are that you lost your balance when you closed your eyes because it disables one of your systems. Your ears have fluid deep inside that acts like a level to keep your internal balance. When our head moves from side to side so does the fluid. A challenging test for your ears is to stand on one leg and shake your head from side to side. This over stimulates the canal and causes dizziness and discomfort, which is definitely going to affect your balance in your swing. The last system our body uses to maintain balance is proprioception. Proprioceptors are the special receptors in our hands and feet that allow us to know where we are in relation to our surroundings. If you raise your arms out to your side you donâ??t have to look in the mirror to see them because you feel it due to your proprioceptors. These same receptors that give you the balance, timing and rhythm you need to make a consistent golf swing.
The following three exercises and drills will help you improve your balance in your golf swing
Single Leg Balance Golf Posture
Get into a 5-iron setup position with your arms crossing your chest. Lift one leg and try to balance yourself for 10-15 seconds. If that is easy, repeat the same exercise with your eyes closed. Your goal is to be able to balance with your eyes closed for 25 seconds
Singe Leg Torso Turns
Again return to your 5-iron setup position with arms crossing chest. Lift your left leg and rotate towards the leg you are balancing on while maintaining a good spine angle. Repeat this shoulder turn for 10 reps and repeat on the other side. The key to this exercise is to turn your upper body while your hips stay square and your lower body remains stable!
Stand on your right leg with your left hand raised above your head. Slowly squat down and touch the outside of your right foot with your left hand. Return to your start position without losing your balance. Do 10 repetitions and repeat the exercise on the other side.
When looking at ways to improve your stability and control throughout your swing, it comes down to breaking some of those bad habits you have developed over the course of time. Even if you are just starting out, there are always some of those misconceptions that lead to the development of stability and balance destroying habits.
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Author Info: Corey Taylor is a (TPI) Certified golf performance coach based in Louisville, KY. Corey trains some of the top players on the PGA and LPGA tours, but also works with local golfers who are simply looking to improve their game through the use of golf fitness training. Trained under Steve Swanson, Head Biochemist at the Institute of Sports, Science and Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah, Corey gained first hand knowledge of training elite athletes including Olympians and professionals. Corey also enjoyed a 6-year professional football career playing in the NFL Europe and the Arena Football League. Learn more about Corey and get more golf fitness tips at golffitnessacademyky.com