How to Improve Your Golf Game through Better Balance
When was the last time you worked on your balance during the golf swing? If you are like most golfers, it has probably been a while. Despite being one of the most important elements to a good swing, many golfers completely neglect working on their balance – instead focusing on things like swing plane and club face position. The golf swing is a composed effort made up of many different moving parts, but it is good balance that brings them all together successfully. Without good balance, all the rest of your efforts will likely be for naught.
To get started working on the balance in your golf swing, take a quick look at the three tips below. Incorporate these tips into your practice sessions and see your balance start to improve quickly.
- Take an athletic stance. A big part of having good balance during your swing comes simply from starting in a good address position. Make sure your knees are bent and you have your weight centered between your feet. Players who start out with their legs straight or are leaning in one direction or another will have a hard time make a solid, balanced swing on through to the finish position.
- Don’t Sway. In general, your weight should stay centered during the golf swing without much lateral movement to the right or left. Good golf swings use rotation to generate power while keeping the club in a good position, and that is what you should be striving to do. Avoid feeling like your weight is moving away from the target during the backswing – it should be staying in place as you turn away and get ready to rotate aggressively through the shot. As you come into impact, your weight will naturally move toward the target, but that should be a reaction to the swing, not a conscious decision or effort.
- Stay under control. Players who struggle with balance problems often do so because they are trying to hit the ball too hard. Make a swing that is comfortably within your limits, and don’t push it much beyond that. While you might think that swinging harder is the path to longer drives, you probably won’t find anything but frustration when swinging as hard as you can. Reign in the power on your swing and focus on making good contact and keeping your balance.