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Learn The Secret To A Consistent Golf Swing

Posted by Mike in Improve Golf Swing

What is one of the most common golf swing attributes of the tour players? I’m going to say balance is near the top! If you don’t have golf swing balance you’ll never have a consistent swing. Do you agree?

You’ll Never Have Good Swing Mechanics If…

Golf Swing BalanceIt is nearly impossible to have proper golf swing mechanics if you are falling all over yourself throughout your swing. How many times have you lost your balance during your swing? Maybe you swung too hard, or you just didn’t have a good setup to begin with.

Did you know that a physical restriction in your body could be causing this unstableness in your golf swing? Whether it be strength or flexibility, your body will attempt to compensate and this compensation can lead to swing faults and inefficencies. It’s the trickle effect. One limitations causes a swing fault, which causes another swing fault and even more compensations.

It’s a vicious cycle!

The most common balance inefficiency is falling forward and backward. For example, if you fall forward during your backswing, you will need to compensate by coming backward to get back to inpact where you should be. So one balance issue creates another one…all during ONE golf swing! And if not addressed and corrected, could go on for all 18 holes!

There can be many causes of this dipping forward on your backswing (why don’t you join in via comments below and let us know what you think is causing these balance and stability issues), but working on your balance specific to your swing should improve this situation dramatically.

Tips To Improve Your Balance:

  • Stand on a circular foam roller to work on forward/backward balance.
  • Make golf swings on one leg, or at least put your feet together to challenge your balance.
  • Do as many of your golf exercises on one leg as possible. I do 75% of my standing exercises on one leg.
  • Stretch your hamstrings to prevent coming out of your posture (losing balance) during your swing.
  • Hit balls without shoes. Get in your back yard and do it in your bare feet.
  • Swinging in the sand with no shoes is also great.

If you’re struggling with your balance and stability in your golf swing, try the tips above. If you have some tips that have worked for you, by all means let us know (comment below) and we’ll give them a try!

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26 comments, sweet!

Comment by Double Eagle
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October 8th, 2007 at 8:33 am

I’m going to give these tips a try!

I’ve known for a while that my balance is a sore spot. It’s something that’s crucial for a solid, consistent golf swing. I hope to make great strides this winter with my balance.

 
Comment by Mike
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October 8th, 2007 at 8:39 am

I think it’s worth your time! Get creative with it and stand on a two-by-four; have your shoes on and off; do it on one leg, etc…

 
Comment by thomas reddy
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October 8th, 2007 at 3:07 pm

HI mike how are you

I think the golf swing is fairly simple, I think grip stance and ball position are the keys for me, After that i just swing back and follow thru i really don’t think of anything it just all happens on its own, but if i do start to think about the little things i,m doing. Its like throwing a stone into a pond it has a ripple effect on my whole swing, So i try not to think just to swing
regards Thomas

Comment by Mike
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October 8th, 2007 at 6:04 pm

Thomas…you got it right! Make the golf swing as simple as you can and you’ll enjoy it far more :lol: !!

 
 
Comment by Desmond
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October 9th, 2007 at 2:43 am

I have seen many instances where golfers take double steps forward or backwards after impact with the ball. And you know where the ball goes…..

Another aspect that I think affects the balance is the physique or physical fitness. If the body and muscles are stiff, it requires more effort to twist and turn which usually result in off balance.

Cheers
Desmond

 
Comment by Mark
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October 9th, 2007 at 4:23 am

Hi Mike,

I found that my balance really improved following regular stretching of my hamstrings which used to be like banjo strings some months ago. Find that my ability to keep my posture throughout my swing has really improved. Sometimes towards the end of the round I might feel a slight balance problem. Guess what? I find that my hamstrings have tightened!

Stretching certainly works for me on this one.

Best wishes,

Mark.

 
Comment by Mike
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October 9th, 2007 at 4:41 am

I’m so glad a few of you chimed in, as it gets a little tough to provide valuable content and have very few people respond :cry: ! The life of a golf fitness blogger I guess :mrgreen: !

 
Comment by Dan
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October 9th, 2007 at 6:29 am

Mike-
I have am one of those people that have played for years, and strike the ball fairly consistently and can shoot in the 80′s consistently. However, I lack that “pop” that better players have off the tee and with their irons. Although I haven’t had a lesson and am finally considering them, I still believe I can do it on my own. I had my swing speed measured on Sunday and found I was only swinging at 83 mph for my driver. Aha! I am going to try some of your exercises and will see what happens…..
Thanks for your advice,
Dan

Comment by Mike
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October 9th, 2007 at 6:41 am

Dan…make sure to focus on rotational strength and flexibility to increase your clubhead speed and swing speed :cool: !

 
 
Comment by Tony
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October 9th, 2007 at 8:39 am

I agree that you have to be in balance in order to have both a consistent swing and consistent ball-striking. I like to think of being balanced in correlation to making a LEVEL turn of my shoulders and hips during my backswing. (Along with my usual swing thoughts of light grip, hands lead, and low and slow back :smile: )

I have found that a balanced, level turn allows me to get loaded (during the backswing) so I can fire the clubface and my right side through the ball – promoting quality shots.

 
Comment by Mike Pedersen Golf
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October 9th, 2007 at 9:04 am

Tony…you make a great point with the ‘level turn’. Many golfers ‘dump over’ on the backswing, then ‘re-dumpover’ on the downswing. This is an unstable golf swing that is not in balance :cry: .

 
Comment by thomas reddy
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October 10th, 2007 at 4:32 am

good morning mike

I play a bit of football mike and we do some aerobics for our balance, but i was told i shouldn’t be doing aerobic activitys to improve my golf is this true,..

Comment by Mike Pedersen Golf
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October 10th, 2007 at 5:24 am

I don’t know who told you that , but they are dead wrong! I do aerobic activity 7 days a week! Every week! The average golfer should do at least 2-3 time a week for a minimum of 30 minutes. If you’re trying to lose weight, it should be a 45 minute minimum and 4-5 times per week.

 
 
Comment by thomas reddy
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October 10th, 2007 at 6:52 am

mike i found it very strange too, but it was a foursome i played this morning, I have being doing some strenght and stretching exercises but already i feel a lot better and it showed today, I,m hitting the ball further which everybody noticed today, thats when i told them about your blog and the new aerobic activitys i was doing, but one of them got a new golf fitness book which he had with him, It was written by a bill hartman where he says you should not be doing any kind of aerobics and how he has startling evidence to support his theory,.,.
Once again mike to many books out there all saying different things. I,m starting to think its all a big scam and the golf swing is a lot easier than they make out.,.,

Comment by Mike
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October 10th, 2007 at 9:44 am

Hartman does not get “in the skin” of a golfer like I do :smile: ! To say not to do aerobics is one hell of a BAD TRAINER!! I can’t even believe that! I would question his credibility right there and move on!

Telling an overweight golfer he doesn’t need to do aerobics is not acceptable in my book! I would run from a trainer like that :shock: !!

 
 
Comment by Sensible Golf Tips
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October 10th, 2007 at 9:40 am

Hi Mike,

Regarding Tom Reddy’s comments, I can’t think of any activity that would not benefit from aerobics. It’s hard to believe there are people offering fitness information and saying aerobics is bad for a particular activity.

I agree with you that balance is key to good swing mechanics. Lack of balance puts you all over the place. Look at video of OJ and Charles Barkley as examples.

Good post (and it generated lots of comments :lol: )

Comment by Mike
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October 10th, 2007 at 9:47 am

I agree Larry! My information and beliefs as a trainer (25 years of professional experience) is pretty common sense, but VERY much geared specifically to the golfer. I’m not too “off the wall” with anything I say or do :wink: .

 
 
Comment by Dave Cushion
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October 10th, 2007 at 1:37 pm

Hi Mike,

Nice tips and certainly worth using. There are definitely some that I have never tried.

Aside from the physical, I have also found that by thinking about or visualizing a good finish postion, I will have better balance than if I just make a golf swing.

Dave

Comment by Mike
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October 10th, 2007 at 1:55 pm

Thanks Dave! Don’t be shy in giving us some of your tournament championship advice :smile: ! Hint-hint :wink: !!

Comment by Dave Cushion
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October 10th, 2007 at 2:03 pm

I’ll be glad to Mike. Keep up the interesting post topics.

Dave

Comment by Mike
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October 10th, 2007 at 2:20 pm

You keep your promise…and I’ll keep mine :grin: !!

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October 10th, 2007 at 11:08 pm

Balance is so important in golf because it is the base of everything you do. It only makes sense that if you are not balanced you will never be able to hit the ball consistently.

 
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July 23rd, 2008 at 11:13 pm

I just shot a 39 on the front 9 and a 52 on the back, AGAIN. I have bad feet and when they start to fatigue and get sore, I tend to straight pull the ball, when I hit it straight there is no slice so I don’t think my problem is an outside in swing but maybe I compensate for foot soreness by leaning forward on the backswing and back when I hit the ball, this would probably cause a pull.
What do you think?

 
Comment by Kiran Kanwar
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September 25th, 2008 at 2:17 am

:shock: its all about focus, getting sore is about physics, good post Mike thanks

 
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