Golf Swing Balance: 5 Quick Tips From Professionals
Drive to Putt – any shot you consider, a certain level of force is applied to the ball to make it travel the distance and direction you want. By focusing on the distance and direction, often golfers tend to forget about the most crucial element of a swing – Balance. Pro golfers executing a balanced swing, is a treat to watch. A totally balanced stroke looks graceful and effortless and inspires others to play. A well balanced swing is also needed to play an accurate stroke.
These 5 tips from the professionals will help you with golf swing balance
- It’s a no brainer; the balance of the swing heavily depends on your stance. The stance you adopt normally changes with the type of stroke you’re about to attempt. So, the general rule to achieve perfect balance is to have a firm footing on the ground. Let’s consider the drive that requires the use of a long club. It is tricky to maintain one’s balance while using a long club. Many top players’ advice use of a wide stance while attempting a drive (i.e.) the gap between the feet wider than the shoulder width. A narrow stance will affect your balance and prevent the club face from turning square at impact.
- At the time of the backswing your body weight must be on the inner section of the trailing foot. If the weight isn’t on the inside of the trailing foot, your lower body will move closer to the target direction and affect the accuracy of the swing.
- Keep your right knee (in case of right-handed players) well anchored on the ground while attempting the swing. To gain better balance the legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus used to slant his knee, slightly, before the swing. He maintained a flexed knee till the backswing was complete.
- Most golfers tend to lose balance when they try to fully turn their shoulders to generate power. Both balance and power are important. You can generate power by correcting your feet and shoulder movement. Experienced golfers suggest that during the backswing the left heel shouldn’t be lifted more than 1/2inch off the ground. Without overdoing it, turn your shoulders as much as possible during the backswing, but never let your left arm bend to take the club further back.
- Your swing must end with a complete follow through, with your body weight on the heel of your leading foot and on the toes of the trailing foot.