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.
Using the drills from our video content and the golf drills described above will ensure proper golf swing balance has been achieved, resulting in natural shots on the course that look effortless to the unsuspecting eye.
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