Why You Lose Your Balance in Your Golf Swing (and How to Fix It)

Why You Lose Your Balance in Your Golf Swing (and How to Fix It)

Did you ever stop and think about how important balance is in sports. If you are running back in football and you are running through the line and you lose your balance you lose yardage. If you are a baseball player and you are going to pick up the ball and you lose your balance you lose the ball. In golf, if you lose your balance it tells you that you probably made a bad swing.

Swinging Hit vs. Hitting Swing

Let me show you the difference between what I would say is a swinging hit and a hitting swing. One of them gives you a good balanced finish, the other does not. Now when does this happen, usually when you are trying to hit it hard, a driver or fairway wood. You are trying to reach the green in two and so what are you going to do, swing harder. Well harder is not always the answer. It is swinging better with speed that counts. So here we go with the swing which is the one that is the hitting swing which causes you to lose balance.

Keeping Your Balance 

You swing it back, you hit, and you fall off balance. The left foot falls back, or you fall to the right. Whenever you fall to the right you have hit too much with your right side instead of swinging the golf club. What I should be trying to do is make a swinging hit. Notice my finish. My finish is over on the left side in perfect balance. Look at it this way, back and through, perfect finish.

When you have a perfect finish it tells you that you made a golf swing. Now whether you got it perfectly in the center or with the face perfectly square I can not guarantee that. What I can guarantee is that you made a swinging hit, not a hitting swing. And when you do that it looks easy. It looks just like this. Perfect balance.

Category: Posture
Sub-Category: Follow-Through, Distance
About the Instructor
Gary Wiren
Gary Wiren
Trump International Golf Club
3505 Summit Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL. 33406
Tel: 800-FOR-GARY
Tel: 800-367-4267

Dr. Gary Wiren was the PGA Teacher of the Year in 1987 and is also author of the PGA Teaching Manual. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #12 instructor in the world.


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