Improve Your Balance; Improve Your Golf Swing
Balance is one essential element of a consistent and bio-mechanically
correct golf swing.
An understanding of balance is connected to the golf swing requires
an understanding of how the club moves on a proper swing path.
It is not the golf swing itself that creates balance; rather it
is the physical posture of the golfer’s body in relation to
the positioning of the golf club and ball.
Improving posture and balance is one way you can build a repeatable
swing and consistent swing path.
Balance requires the neuromuscular system [nerves and muscles]
to maintain proper alignment and center of gravity during the golf
swing; just as it must be able to maintain control of itself during
any other physical activity.
Postural Alignment & Center Of Gravity
Proper postural alignment and center of gravity is not just important
at the address stage. It is equally important during all phases
of the swing. A golf swing requires the body to perform simultaneous
rotational and linear movements, in the correct sequence and with
the correct timing.
We often hear about how a pro golfers swing is so great due to
their natural balance, or sequencing of movement. Yet each of these
elements is not glorious without the intricate support of the other
Once your brain has committed to memory the proper anatomical
positions required by the swing, the muscle memory will take over.
From that point, you will notice that it takes less effort to control
your body, resulting in greater swing efficiency, power and consistency.
So remember, balance is not an element of your golf swing, rather
it is an element of your body.
How To Improve Your Balance
Balance training is an inherent part of any comprehensive golf
fitness program. It requires you to develop optimal balance in both
static positions and dynamic [moving] states. Thefore, training
to improve balance must include both static and dynamic balance
Static Exercises For Balance
Static balance exercises develop greater efficiency within your
muscles and nerves to maintain a specific posture. There are many
occasions during a game of golf that static positions are used:
shots from the side of a hill or sloping bunker shots. These both
require your spine to be held steady in a specific position.
Balance requires two physical components of your body to work
together, your muscles and nerves. These systems working together
allow for postural alignments, center of gravities, weight transfer
and spine angles to be maintained during all phases of the swing.
Using the following static exercise will help you maintain your
balance in situations where your body must attain optimal balance
in unusual situations.
Single Leg Hold
A great static balance exercise for golf is the single leg hold.
It can be done anywhere.
- Stand in your address position for a normal short iron shot.
[No club necessary]
- Maintaining your address spine angle, slowly lift your right
foot off the ground 3-4 inches.
- Hold this position for 30 seconds.
- Return your right foot to the ground.
- Repeat the exercise lifting the left foot.
Remember we need to improve both strength in the muscular system
and create greater efficiency within the nervous system. Once you
have improved your static balance, you will find it much easier
to maintain balance during movement. Just understanding the dynamics
alone assists with this. The body cannot conceive what the mind
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