Stability & Balance In The Swing

Stability & Balance In The Swing

Golf at its core is a game of balance and stability. Here is a wonderful drill for juniors and some of you who early extend through the ball. Let me identify what early extend means. As you are swinging the club down and ready to strike the ball you stand up this way, you get up to your toes, you will tend to hit behind the ball or even catch the ball thin. What happens is that your hips are extending out towards the golf ball. Juniors tend to do this a lot because they swing the club faster than their body is capable of supporting them. Here is a wonderful drill. This is a half foam core roll that I use in my teaching, or you can use a two by four. You are going to take your stance and put your toes on it so your heels are on the ground and your toes are off the ground. You are going to take your posture and what this is going to force you to do on the backswing is going to get your weight back on to your right hip joint. As you swing down it is going to force you to move your hips back through the strike versus extending your hips out this way. Here is what it is going to look like. What it will also do is train you to stay in your posture through the strike because you weight is back. One of the nice things about this drill is also that by doing it on a repetitive basis you will help increase the speed of the club through the ball. The reason why is that as you are swinging the club, if your hips are moving away from the ball, that means that the club is going to be shooting towards the ball at a faster rate of speed. Your body is actually stabilizing the club as it turns around your torso. This is a spectacular drill that really improves the quality of your ball striking. Give it a go.

About the Instructor
Laird Small
Laird Small
Pebble Beach Golf Academy
1700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Tel: 831-622-8650

Laird Small is Director of The Pebble Beach Golf Academy and is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #23 instructor in the world.


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