Good Balance for a Good Golf Swing
One of the most important aspects of a golf swing is balance. Having the proper balance means that during the golf swing, your weight is positioned so as not to allow your body to lean too far forward, backward, left or right. Having good balance also brings out good rhythm during the swing.
The combination of proper balance and good rhythm is what allows your body to return the clubhead back to the ball the same as you started the swing. Many higher scoring golfers try to hit the ball as far as possible by swinging the club very fast. As a result, they lose their balance (which then makes them actually slow down the swing just to regain their balance) which delivers only a glancing blow on the ball losing much of the power of the swing. The golfer ends up with a weak hit that generally goes offline from the club immediately. Every once in awhile, they happen to catch the ball relatively solidly sending the ball somewhat longer but still offline. The problem all stems back to the fact that the golfer tries to hit too hard by swinging too fast without any effort to keep a balanced swing.
Our advice is to start by making a slow motion swing hitting the ball. The ball may only travel 10 - 20 yards, but the idea is to learn to keep the balance during the entire swing. Once the golfer is comfortable with that, gradually increase the speed to hit the ball 50 yards while still maintaining good balance. These first two steps should be done over at least 2 COMPLETE practice sessions. Yes, I know you want to see if you can hit longer shots immediately, but this is a learning process which does take some time. It may take days or even weeks to accomplish, but you will find that the results are definitely worth the time spent.
Every good golf swing must include good balance. Maintain your balance and you can swing the clubhead to the ball with speed and accuracy. Loss of balance results in a loss of rhythm and deceleration at impact. This means lack of distance and accuracy.
The most important balance checkpoint during the swing is the follow-through.
Since the entire swing takes less than 3 seconds, your only swing thought should be the balance at the end of the swing.
Finish in balance and it's a good bet your entire swing was in balance.
Learn to pose on the follow-through as if someone was taking your picture.