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Improving Your Balance

by James Stewart 

No matter what level of golfer you are, maintaining your balance in your golf swing is the key to be becoming a consistent player and building a repetitive swing. Have you ever seen players on TV leaning or losing their balance in their swing, which usually always results in hitting a poor shot? Then on the flip side, I’m sure you have seen the pros finishing nicely on balance many times and hitting a great shot down the middle or next to the pin. 

It’s very difficult to hit a good shot when you swing off balance. I have a very good exercise that I often work on when I start struggling with balance. In picture one I have a foam roller; you can easily buy one of these at a fitness store. It takes a bit of time, but I stand on it in my set up position, and because of the circular shape I can only keep my balance if my weight is evenly distributed on the roller, otherwise I’ll fall off. This is same in the full swing where you must feel the weight evenly distributed at address, so you don’t have more weight on your toes or heels. 

 

In the second picture I make a turn to the top of my swing and again if I lean too much on my toes or heels, I will fall off the roller, so I feel completely on balance at the top of my swing. After I do this several times, I then take a normal full swing and it’s amazing how well grounded and balanced you will feel. Try this in the gym or take the foam roller with you next time you go to the driving range.