The Importance of Golf Balance

The Importance of Golf Balance

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Since: Dec 12


#1 Jan 5, 2013
Being inconsistent is something we all have to deal with, but the answer to this problem might really surprise you. You may already have a good golf swing, but there is one basic body movement that is critical to your golf game and that is balance. Have you ever been walking along and suddenly tripped, what happened? You probably tossed your arms out or shifted your body weight in some way to recapture your balance to stop yourself from falling, right? How did you do this, well it happened automatically in your brain, no thought was necessary. Believe it or not, this same process that stops you from falling down may very well be killing your golf game.

In order to stay balanced, we have to know what that means first. For non-golfers, balance is simply defined as walking or running without falling or stumbling. Golfers, meanwhile, remain balanced when they are able to control their body in the course of a movement. Being in control of your body during a movement simply means that you are able to effectively swing your best golf clubs without making any other unnecessary changes in your position that would otherwise ruin your golf swing.

A good setup as you approach your shot is essential to helping you maintain balance throughout the golf swing. Setup is easily the most critical golf tip on balance and being able to make a good shot. If your setup is good, even if your other technique is wrong the chances of making a good shot become very high. Part of making a good shot of course involves maintaining your balance throughout the swing with r11 irons for sale.

The other area which needs focus is your quadriceps; these play a huge role in keeping your golf swing stable. The act of keeping your lower body in a fixed position while you are rotating your upper body around it requires you to have a large amount of strength in your legs (i.e. your quads). The quads also help you to maintain the flex that you have in your knees at the point of address, and like your hamstrings, if your quads are weak you will find that you cannot maintain your swing properly.

Keeping your back straight will help you to not lean too far forward or too far back as you prepare to hit the ball with taylormade irons for sale. Also when you keep your back straight will it will help to maintain consistent weight distribution from your left foot to your right foot as well as from front to back. Maintaining proper and consistent weight distribution from left to right and back to front will also help you as you turn and pivot your shoulders and hips through your shot. You will feel your balance center shift from center to back as you start your backswing.

Golf swing tempo is definitely related to balance. I often talk about tempo and balance together. It is hard to have one without the other. Good tempo in the golf swing should be consistent from the backswing to the downswing. The golf club speeds up or goes fastest as it is traveling through the golf ball at impact. There needs to be acceleration through the ball to generate sufficient power and add distance to your golf shots. This speeding up through impact will naturally happen it the club is being swung properly as opposed to being lifted, guided, or steered.

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