Think the golf swing should be easy? Think again. The best golfers in the world often make it look that way, but the golf swing is a ballistic movement that requires athleticism, rhythm, speed, mobility, stability, timing, and perhaps a little luck.
So, for the golfer looking to improve, what’s the most important of all of them? Answer: none! All of those things require balance, which is the foundation of building a better golf swing.
Creating good balance in your golf swing is an absolute must if you want to hit the ball solidly and consistently. If your body doesn’t have the ability to work around a stable platform while moving in the golf swing, however, you’re at a disadvantage. Without stability, you not only lose your ability to transfer energy efficiently through your body, but your body will be strained. That can lead to injury.
Golfers who lack stability, and ultimately balance, often struggle with swaying in their backswing. A “sway” is when a golfer’s hips move out over their trail foot in the backswing, often causing a reverse spine angle. To prevent the hips from swaying in the backswing, golfers needs to create stability in the trail leg as they turn the hips back and load into the trail glute.
Below is a video that demonstrates a simple exercise that uses a hill to help you create better stability in your golf swing, while at the same time helping you to maintain good dynamic balance so that you can make a more efficient golf swing.
Using hills is an amazing way for your mind to intuitively help your body swing the club more efficiently. Hills can offer great feedback so that you can rapidly make the necessary adjustments to create the stability needed to maintain balance while making a golf swing. With this drill, you will also learn to swing the club on a plane that’s not too steep (you’ll bury the club in the hill) or too shallow (you’ll duff or even whiff the ball).
For the drill, I recommend alternating between hitting shots from both uphill and downhill lies so that you create the stability needed to have a good balance in both sides of your body, because the golf swing works in a lot of dimensions. Do this enough, and you’ll become an expert at playing shots from different terrains, too.
Of course, a golfer may lack stability due to a physical issue, causing an inefficiency in how the body moves throughout the swing. In order to identify bodily flaws that lead to these inefficiencies, visit a fitness expert in your vicinity and get an assessment. This might show you that your body has limitations that are preventing efficient movement, thus affecting proper balance.
Specifically, I’d recommend a TPI fitness or medical expert simply because they understand how the body needs to function in a golf swing to produce better results. If they do find any limitations, they’ll be able to give you correctional exercises to get your body moving efficiently again, and build better balance. If you don’t have an expert in your local area, or just don’t have the time, I’d recommend you purchase a copy of my book, the Golfers Handbook. There is an easy to do assessment in the book that you can do at home.
Clement: The best video for beginner golfers ever
One of the deep expertise we have is knowing what side you need to be swinging from to enjoy your best golf. Sometimes it’s both sides like me! So many professionals on tour are including left-handed swings (for the right-handed player) in their warm-up routines and practice routines as a great way to create muscle confusion. Our fabulous kinesiologist, Munashe Masawi, confirms this through his studies and personal training for his grueling sport of football.
But there is always one side that fires better, feels smoother, and has the potential for a lot more than the other for many golfers. Which one are you?
Clement: Important video on grip! (dare we say “historic!”)
We so much love being historically correct! Back when I started teaching 35 years ago, when I looked at what the top 5 coaches were teaching, I knew I had to forge my own way. Not only did it not make sense anatomically, it did not make any sense neurologically either! Fast forward to today and we talk about ground forces and how to let the hips turn in the backswing and grip? WHOA, DID THEY MISS THE BOAT THERE!!
This video really takes the cake and REMOVES ALL QUESTIONS AND DOUBT ABOUT GRIP; where to hold it, grip pressure and IN OUR OPINION, THE FIRST TIME IT HAS BEEN REVEALED IN IT’S FULL ANATOMICAL FUNCTIONALITY.
This will end all debates about the “weak grip vs strong grip” argument!
Clement: Help your girlfriend or wife get some extra yards fast!
Nothing beats playing golf with your life partner especially when things are going well! This video has a couple great tips on the art of getting through the ball and for most women, a strong grip is a great asset to that! Keep your eyes open for our new podcast premièring this upcoming Tuesday which will focus on golf instruction that gets you to your next level without any positional thoughts, golf fitness tips that will help you strengthen the parts of your kinetic chain needed to perform optimally and great tips to help your loved ones perform better without the mental fatigue and eyes rolling.
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