Golf Swing Balance starts
with a good Posture Position




There are two areas of golf swing balance in the golf swing.

Firstly, you need good balance at address before you swing, and secondly, you need to maintain good balance during the swing motion itself.

The reward for having good balance is more consistency and distance.

The factors that influence your balance during the swing are: Posture, width of your stance, the knee bend and the speed you swing at.

Here are a few simple ways with you can experience good golf swing balance.

Posture

A good body posture is needed with your weight centered over the insides of the feet giving you a solid foundation to start your swing from.

Check what you need to feel in your posture here.

At address the weight is focused 50 percent over the shoelaces of each foot.

The turn of the hips moves the weight to the inside of the right heel as illustrated. I have drawn the arrows in a half circular shape to give you the feel of the weight moving to the right in a rotary fashion.

On the down swing I have drawn a straight line to the left heel to indicate a lateral shift first to left heel.

This all happens in a split second during the swing, so it is best to practice the shifting of your weight first without swinging a club. Make sure you finish the swing each time with your weight over the left foot.

Width of Stance

The stance definitely gives you the balance required and the feet need to be wide enough to have a definite feeling of weight transfer without swaying back and forth. You need to find the width of your stance.

Most full shots with irons will demand a stance at least shoulder width. This gives you a firm foundation to swing from and helps to keep the weight on the insides of the feet promoting good golf swing balance.

Knee Bend

The bend in the knees lowers your center of gravity giving you a spring board to turn from and a firmer foundation of balance. The feet should feel a little heavier. There is no need to over do the knee bend, they should only be bent enough to give you a free turn.

Your weight can then move inside the foundation and not over to the outside of the right foot in the back swing.

Strong abdominal muscles definitely help to stabilize your foundation (feet) and to hold the resistance in the back swing of the lower body.

Find Your Optimal Swing Speed

Once you have a firm foundation at address then the best and quickest way to learn and maintain your "in swing balance" is to swing the club at a speed that does not compromise this balance. Here's how..

Experiment hitting balls with different swing speeds. Start with a real slow swing and gradually swing quicker on each swing. This will help you find your optimal swing speed and still maintain good balance.

Strive to finish the swing on balance on the left side on every shot you play(if you are a right handed player.) This alone will do wonders for your balance.

Relaxing the shoulders arms and hands also helps to make this movement easier, giving you optimal golf swing balance.




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