Maintaining balance and consistent tempo when swinging every club in the golf bag has been a technique many great PGA pros have prided themselves on for decades.
Developing an ability to deliver constant balance and tempo regardless of the golf club in use requires players to maintain an active rhythm throughout their game.
Once established, this rhythm acts as the foundation for our balance and tempo during our golf swing.
Trying to hurry through the golf swing process always affects our balance in a detrimental fashion, resulting in a disruption in tempo and rhythm that produces a poor shot.
Any golf swing that begins with utter imbalance at setup, carrying through the actual swing, will always produce non results.
Held together with a constant rhythm, the tempo of our body movement translates to sending the ball flying towards our intended target when balance has been obtained.
Golf swings taken by golfers who have achieve this level of consistency within their game often appear to be done without any effort, as their rhythm makes such swings a natural extension of their regular body movement.
Achieving this level of balance in your game will allow your power to shift from being focused on the act of swinging to the point of impact where the golfer’s power needs to be.
Several PGA Tour champions have credited their victories to establishing and executing their golf swing balance prior to reaching the grandest stage of professional golf.
As most golfers find their spines contorted away from the golf ball in the address position, it’s important to equally distribute your weight balance between both feet at this time.
Doing so will create the sensation of equally distributed body weight balanced throughout both feet (balls, toes, and heels).
Shifting our weight towards the inside of our back foot takes place as we execute the top of our backswing.
A clear indication of proper golf swing balance occurs when a golfer feels about ¼ of their body weight being balanced on the lead foot, with the remaining weight distributed to the back foot.
IMPORTANT: This amount of weight must remain on the back foot during the backswing to produce the best results.
Once a golfer has come to the impact of their golf swing, the majority of the body weight balanced on their back foot now must shift to the lead foot, resulting in ¾ of their weight being distributed to the lead.
With their hips rotating forward and their head to the rear of the golf ball, the golfer should find themselves shifted about four inches to the front of where they started their golf swing.
Once the golfer has executed the follow through of their swing, nearly all of their weight will be shifted to the outside of their lead foot.
This will be the final indicator of consistent balance throughout their golf swing, if done correctly.
These drills can be practiced on the course and the driving range, as to be expected.
Once the desired level of comfortability in rhythm exists, the golfer will be able to apply these actions in play and reap the impressive results that golf swing balance instills in their game.
This does not strike anyone familiar with golf as breaking news.
Those familiar with the mechanics behind balanced golf swings understand that every player must make adjustments to the process as needed, to compliment their talents best.
One of the most common mistakes made on the golf course develops from an off-balance golf swing.
Creating several issues for the golfer, off-balance swings essentially indicate that a golfer has an inability to maintain consistent control of their body.
The most common culprit in regards to improper balance during golf swings happens when the back foot rolls during our backswing, causing the golfer to move opposite of the ball, effectively jeopardizing the entire shot.
This situation comes to be when the incorrect (too much) weight has been shifted to the outside of the foot, making it nearly impossible to move efficiently through our downswing.
With our upper body taking the lead rather than the lower at the advent of our downswing, the club then moves downward drastically, adversely altering the intended swing path.
An effective golf stance has several key components that must be correctly executed to deliver the intended results.
Maintaining a balanced posture throughout your swing will achieve the outcome you’re aiming for, in regards to a proper golf stance.
Veteran golfers know that narrowing their stance will limit their power output and inhibit their ability to maintain balance through their swing.
Conversely, widening your golf stance makes it nearly impossible to shift your weight while swinging the club, an aspect that builds power and speed.
In the linked video, we present a variety of drills aimed at promoting an overall balance between the multiple aspects of your golf swing that contribute to a proper stance.
It may be hard to believe, but many golfers never ponder how the placement of the golf ball relates to their stance.
Positioning the ball correctly changes based on what club the golfer chooses.
Understanding that club selection determines the center of impact on the ball, the importance of proper ball placement weighs heavily on the desired outcome of any golf swing.
We can easily correct the placement of the ball by placing the club in the middle of our stance, angled right in relation to the flight path of our target.
Centering our ball’s position works best when using shorter clubs.
Golf swings taken at this placement assist in creating backspin by hitting down on the ball.
When positioning the ball for longer clubs, most golfers observe moving the position towards their lead foot (½ to 1 inch) works best.
When using a driver, the best results are likely when hitting the ball to the inside of our leading foot, allowing a clean hit rather than hitting downward.
Some golfers become confused concerning the benefits or disadvantages associated with an open golf stance vs closed stances.
An open golf stance finds the toe line crossing the target line, slightly behind the ball.
Put simply, golfers aim just left of the target when utilizing an open golf stance.
Some players find it easier to produce their open stance when coming out of a squared stance.
Many have observed making the required adjustments to their stance to be less difficult when coming out of a neutral stance first.
The results of an open golf stance begin by opening the clubface, which adds loft to the swing.
Increasing the loft of our swing adds height to the shot, much beyond the normal performance of the club being used.
The swing path of an open stance creates an outside-in path, which takes the ball from left to right, with added sidespin.
Pros commonly refer to this action as a fade or slice.
The toe line of a closed golfing stance crosses the target line, aiming slightly to the right of our target
Proper closed golf stances are performed by placing your feet first in a squared stance.
We then must bring our left foot forward while rotating our right foot clockwise.
Ensure that your right foot can relax comfortably on the turf, in a position that parallels your left foot.
Using a closed golfing stance will instantly close the clubhead to our swing path, which drastically reduces the overall loft of our swing.
Balls hit with this stance tend to fly lower than the usual height achieved with a given club.
With an inside-out swing path, golfers produce a right to left side spin, commonly associated with drawing or hooking the golf ball.
Once you’ve practiced and mastered the variety of golf stance drills explained in our videos, the overall importance of stance will become invaluable to your game.
Having an understanding of closed and open stances will enable players to effectively leverage any situation they encounter on the golf course to their advantage.
The added confidence that comes way of mastering your posture and golf setup will also provide an instant boost to your game, adding excitement and enjoyment to your golfing experiences.
Understanding the power that exists by properly moving our hips in relation to our golf swing will open up a reserve of untapped strength.
While common for most golfers to see diminishing power moving from backswing to their downswing, transferring our overuse of shoulder and arm strength to our hips will not only maintain swing power, but likely expand it.
In order to fully maximize the power found in our hips during a golf swing, we must transfer focus to this area at the correct time while in motion.
Implementing a shift in our hips prematurely or late will result in zero increased power and may throw off the entire golf swing.
Understanding that the precise time to transfer focus to our hips exists in a window of time that lasts less than a second will help golfers realize how crucial timing relates to their overall swing.
It’s important to keep our hips stable and secure while swinging upward to the top of our golf swing, allowing our lower body to support the muscles in our upper body turn away from our target.
Golfers find the best results simply through rotating their hips fast and fiercely through this portion of their golf swing, with the weak side of the body turning openly towards their intended target.
Golfers seeking perfect hip rotation should begin their golf setup slowly, and then break down each part of their swing.
Once posed in their post impact golf stance, a club should be placed across our hips, which will indicate what angle our hips are taking at the time of impact.
Golfers are able to obtain the correct angle by rotating their hips by shifting their hips into their established post impact position, which naturally will angle the hips to the most optimal degree.
Merely pointing your hips in rotation towards the intended target does not solidify proper movement through the golf swing.
Too many golfers raise up higher than needed at the beginning of their downswing, shifting off of their their rear heel.
Through providing an appropriate window of time for proper shoulder rotation opposite of the intended target, our hips will function properly when bridging the motion between our backswing and downswing.
Cutting our backswing short even less than one second can jeopardize each of the following actions in our golf swing simply through incorrect timing.
Focusing on our shoulder movement during our backswing will ensure that our hips begin to rotate at the best possible time.
Few golfers immediately recognize the absolute power found in simply stabilizing their body rotation and movements during their golf swing.
Focusing on how our bodies rotate during our swings will harness existing power found in our feet, legs, and hips - which ultimately leads to taking better shots and lower golf scores.
An age old quote regarding golfing states “Golf is played on your feet and in between your feet.”, which illustrates the critical benefits that maintaining stable balance in our swing stance provides our overall shot.
Our legs and feet should be viewed by golfers as the most important sources of swing power, as much of the forceful energy found in our swings originates from the ground up.
Maintaining balance and stability in our overall golf swing posture will effectively produce more accurate shots that result in drastic reductions in our golf score almost instantaneously.
While most of the power needed to rip amazing shots exists in our legs, excessive leg movement during a golf swing can sometimes cause new problems to take shape.
Several golfers suffer from excessive leg use during their golf swings, which causes a variety of flaws in the shots that they produce in typical play.
Our legs are most often overused during our backswing, causing reverse pivots, excessive swaying, imbalance, reduced coil, weight shift reversal, and swinging the club off plane.
These and additional errors can also happen during the downswing, where pulls, chunks and blocked shots can be common when our legs have been overactive.
Junior golfers are most at risk for overusing their legs as younger players are equipped with the majority of their strength existing in the lower portion of their bodies.
Naturally seeking to use the part of their bodies where the most strength exists, many junior golfers overextend the use of their lower bodies, as their upper body strength has yet to develop to the full capacity of an adult golfer.
The majority of adult aged golfers that suffer from excessive leg usage during golf swings can be attributed to flexibility limitations and other physical drawbacks experience by players later in life.
Golfers need for our lower bodies to strike first when powering our downswing, but many players misinterpret the method and ultimately overuse the strength in their lower body.
Understanding that during our golf swing we must transfer momentum from our lower body to our upper body, excessive slide in our legs or hips will prevent the upper body from powering our golf club into impact on the ball.
When working through our backswing, our upper body requires that the lower portion create a stabilized foundation to ensure the transfer of energy takes place through the golf club and into the ball.
At this point of the swing, our legs and hip will react to movements in the upper body rather than taking on movements of their own.
Much of these movements are established during our golf swing setup, as golfers create a triangular stance with their legs, creating the needed base for optimal shots to be taken.
With the sockets of our hips inward towards our knees and our knees inward towards our feet, our backswing will be strengthen from the triangle created, balancing power throughout our lower body.
Stabilizing the movement and muscles found in our hips have a direct benefit over several elements within our golf swing, especially relating to our shoulder turn.
Making up much of our core muscle group’s foundation, our hips have a better chance of stabilizing as our core stretches.
Our core muscle group includes muscles found in our neck, back, torso, pelvic floor, hamstrings and of course our hips.
If we keep our hips tightened, as most golfers do, we’ll suffer from over compensations in our golf swings, causing our hips to slide and prohibiting correct shoulder movement during our backswing.
Strengthening the flexibility found in our core muscle group will allow our hips to rotate naturally, resulting in improved shoulder rotation that will ultimately create better shots and lower golf scores.
One of the most critical concepts regarding our golf swing that receives very little attention, our swing tempo shapes much of the overall results found in our shots.
George Gankas golf swing training, commonly known as the GG Swing Method, continues to nurture the growth of golfers from around the world, due much in part to the practical, easy to learn concepts found in the program.
Part of the George Gankas golf swing method focuses on optimizing the tempo in our swings, while being mindful to the unique attributes each golfer has within their own bodies.
The mechanics found in one golfer’s swing will often vary entirely from that found in the next.
Because all players have unique physiques, talents and shortcomings - optimizing our swing does not have a one size fits all option.
As depicted in the great videos found as part of George Gankas’ online training academy, the tempo of our golf swings must mirror the characteristics that work well in our already existing golf swing.
With several decades of countless golf instructors striving to find the perfect way to swing a golf club, the closest we’ve come to understanding the mechanics tells us that the perfect way for one player to swing will vary from the perfect way for another golfer to swing.
The top players currently leading the PGA Tour have one thing in common, they all swing the golf club very differently.
As hand positioning, grip, swing paths and any other number of technical details differ between players mount up, it becomes obvious that there are countless ways to swing the golf club well and get the results we wish to achieve.
Only one element comes close to being similar between any golfer of merit, which trainers refer to as our swing tempo.
The tempo of any golf swing holds a key element to success in the sport, our motion repetition.
By repeating the same motions time and time again, golfers build up their ability to perform to their desired level with increased consistency.
Golf swing tempo can also be looked at as a form of timing, which can vary from extremely fast to considerably slower than most golf swings.
The repetitious part of our golf swing concerns the rhythm.
This refers to the various transitions taken within a swing and how they meld together in union, which can be very smooth or disjointed to the point that it ruins our entire golf swing.
While most golfers who are looking to improve their swings, most will be fixated on their speed, which in most cases does not pose any major issues for their shots.
Your tempo should be the focus if looking to improve, as it has a huge influence over how well you are able to make contact at impact, square the clubface, and build a consistent pattern in your shots through easy repetition.
From the fairway to our short game, our tempo should maintain a level of consistency that will provide predictable results, allowing golfers to achieve their desired goals with ease.
Many golfers find value in practicing a common pattern in each of the shots that they hit, which allows further focus on the mechanics behind their golf swing which we refer to as our tempo.
Sometimes when we are told that our swing appears to be going too fast, it can be worth considering that maybe our playing mates are noticing that our tempo has become imbalanced, which leads to our overall play appearing sloppy and unplanned to those observing our swing.
At the core of every golf swing, a rhythm exists which most players refer to as their tempo.
As you might imagine, the speed of a golf swing tempo varies from player to player, so there cannot be a one size fits all option when solidifying your own rhythm.
This means that each player must craft out a golf swing rhythm that easily aligns with their existing swing pattern, creating the ideal tempo for their swing, though it may work horribly for the swing of any other golfer in the world.
Just as tempo focuses on individualized strengths and weaknesses in a golfer, these too are the core focuses of George Gankas golf lessons, known collectively as the GG Swing Method.
With remote students practicing George Gankas golf drills around the globe via the popular GG Swing Tips Golf YouTube Channel, players who have never met Gankas in person continue to credit the instructor with improving their game drastically.
Gankas utilizes technology and expertise while assisting students with establishing their own unique golf swing tempo.
Balancing this tempo between our backswing to downswing transition proves to be one of the areas that pose the most trouble for students working on these golf swing techniques.
Equally important to keep in mind, each club type used on the course will also have a variance in tempo, depending on weight and length.
Simply put, the swing tempo of your driver will vary from that of a wedge or a putter, so working on your swing rhythm will have to be adapted for each club you regularly utilize on the golf course.
If your golf swing were a building, think of your tempo as the support beams that keep the structure safe and sound.
Golfers that suffer from poor swing tempo in most cases are hitting shots with a high inconsistency, much to their own personal frustration.
Anyone who has experience working on the rhythm of their golf swing will point out the crucially important role that tempo plays in the backswing to downswing transition in any player’s swing.
Oftentimes players will rush their swing tempo, causing an imbalance in their body rotation that throws their entire shot off course, causing many pulls and slices along the way.
Golfers who have refined their swing tempo will experience shots that harness all of the energy present in the player, maintain a square clubface and send the ball sailing on target as intended.
When establishing a balanced swing tempo, players can effectively proceed to the impact position with a square clubface in tow.
Golfers that may otherwise suffer from an imbalance in their golf swing can often produce on target shots simply by timing the rhythm in their swing well enough to deliver the clubface square at impact.
Properly sequencing the movements in the typical golf swing through balanced tempo will also allow your muscle groups to ease up as the body rotates as a single unit, balanced by the rhythm found through your swing tempo.
Replacing these toxic thoughts with a mental focus on swing tempo will not only remove these negative mental images of failure but also get the player focusing on something positive that will actually improve their golf swing rather than diminish it.
Think of your golf swing tempo as a positive mental distraction while golfing, as it will keep your mind busy enough to refrain from thinking of everything under the sun that can go wrong on a golf course.
In addition to tips on rotation and tempo in our golf swing, we have an archive of articles on this website, aimed to educate golfers on executing proper golfing techniques.