Saturday, January 14, 2012

How To Achieve Perfect Balance In The Golf Swing

"How To Achieve Perfect Balance In The Golf Swing" - Tip of the Week
By Sean Mysel - "CrossGolfDude"

Looking back at the sports you've played, there inevitably been a time where you have hit a ball where everything felt perfect.  It may have been that baseball you knocked over the left field fence or that perfect spiral you threw for a touchdown.  Regardless of the event, the move you made took excellent balance throughout the entire move.  Keeping your balance in the golf swing is critical in playing a clean, consistent game.  In fact, I would go as far as to say that if your balance is faulty, you struggle to make solid impact with the ball.  For this week's tip of the week, we created a drill for you to use which will help improve your dynamic balance and therefore your ballstriking.  When we talk about dynamic balance, we're talking about the movement of our weight back and forth.  As we swing the club back, our weight shifts back, ideally when we initiate our downswing, our weight comes forward.  If you go to a Sports Authority or in our case here in the Bay Area, a Sports Basement there is an entire section devoted to pilates training.  What you need for this drill are balance pads, if you're not sure what they look like here is a picture:

First part of the drill is to align the pads so you can take a normal stance, for me it's just wider than shoulder width.  Then take a shorter club, probably a 7-iron or less, remember the longer the club, the  more centripetal force is created.  Once you choose your club, begin taking backswings and concentrate on staying solidly on the balance pads.  Here is an example:

Once you feel that your body is in balance with your swing, go ahead and begin hitting balls.  As you try to turn through the ball, your back foot will probably come off the pad, that's fine, we're really trying to maintain balance with the backswing and our initial move through the ball.  Below are some examples of what can happen when your balance is off:  In the example below, if your balance is too far back during impact, the club face will begin to add loft which causes extremely high, weak shots which also tend to go to our right (for righties).

When our weight is too far forward, we tend to open the face and push the ball right and also hit the ball heavy or fat.

It's easy to tell when you're off balance when you swing the golf club.  Many times you may fall back or end up on your toes.  A great way to approach this is to center your weight on the arches of your feet.  If your weight is on your heels, you'll fall away from the ball and pull off of it, too far forward and you'll tend to dive into the ball and hit a fat shot.  Throughout the golf swing, attempt to keep your knees flexed, I tend to have a little springing motion before I take the club back.  We believe this drill will help you make better, cleaner contact with the golf ball producing better results during your game.