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The next topic in our series is often not given enough weight (pun intended); a golfer’s Dynamic Balance during the golf swing.

The amateur golfer in this video is typical of what we see when a golfer struggles with early extension and raising the handle through impact. We really don’t need to look farther than the first few feet of club movement to see the foreshadowing of those two issues.

Swing Catalyst’s 3D Motion Plate lets us see how the golfer “pressures” the different parts of his feet throughout the swing. In this regard, the golf swing is like so many other athletic motions we’ve all made since childhood.  

Stand in a golf-like address position and just throw a ball down the target line. Your footwork and pressure movement will work exactly like the professional golfer in the video. You’ll be more dynamically balanced and supportive of what you are trying to do with your arm as you throw the ball. It’s very similar to what we’d like to see in the golf swing. Conversely, you could really derail your best intentions to send your ball down the target line if you start the motion by pressuring both heels and then rebounding to both toe boxes during the delivery.

In the golf swing, your golf ball isn’t moving away from you as you move closer to it.  A number of very fast alterations need to happen to strike the ball cleanly and send it at your target. That is very difficult to do swing after swing, day after day.

Starting your swing with the dynamic balance of an athlete will give you every opportunity to eliminate the hump and high handle!

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  1. Robert

    Apr 19, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Well, we’re seeing other than small setup changes, the ‘pressure pattern’ doesn’t change from full shot to full shot or club to club very much at all.

  2. Grizz01

    Apr 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Stop it already. Just hit the golf ball.

  3. Martin Chuck

    Apr 17, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Great job, Mike. Awesome to see you guys come together for some insightful sharing. I look forward to seeing more content.

    • AMG

      Apr 17, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Thank brother! We’re looking forward to watching what you and Andrew put together for Cordie.

    • Shaun Webb

      Apr 18, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Thanks Martin! Appreciate the comment. We should all get together and create some content at some point 🙂

      • Robert

        Apr 19, 2017 at 7:31 am

        Martin,

        Thanks man! Greatly appreciated. And ???? what Shaun and Mike said!!!

        Robert

        • Robert

          Apr 19, 2017 at 7:38 am

          (Not sure what the “????” It was supposed to be s #thumbsUP emoji….. anyway, thanks again!!!!)

  4. AMG

    Apr 17, 2017 at 8:20 am

    The CoP does track in the right fore foot which can be seen by the two small whit balls under each foot connected by that straight line.

  5. Jalan

    Apr 16, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    I’ve heard the strightening of the knees can be attributed to weak oe tight hamstrings.

  6. moses

    Apr 15, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Their are amateurs and then there are WRX Amateurs. 🙂

  7. Patrick norm

    Apr 15, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    It’s very clear the differences between the pro and amateur swings. Obviously if your an amateur who puts too much pressure on your front foot on the downswing, you need to reverse the pressure to the back foot.
    A good drill is to take one of those whippy orange sticks and time your follow through better. I had a hip replacement on my load side and it’s taken me years to trust myself on the load side. Meaning I was bailing out pushing off on my load side. A slower , deliberate takeaway is a good drill too. Hideki Matsuyama has this pregnant pause at the top of his swing which illustrates perfectly how he loading up on his back leg. I’m neither strong enough or flexible enough to pull this off but it’s a very good mental visual.

  8. Rex

    Apr 15, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Ok you showed us the difference. Didn’t do much explaining on how to fix it

    • Jalan

      Apr 15, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      Well, once you know what the problem is, you can address it. I’m guessing you don’t have an instructor, and you are trying to improve on your own.

      The fix is simple, shift your weight on the backswing, return it to the front foot on your downswing. Now, you may need help with other areas first, such as strengthening the posterior chain of muscles to allow you to stay down through the swing. It isn’t likely to be a single action that ‘fixes’ your problem.

      • Ccshop

        Apr 16, 2017 at 6:38 pm

        The foot pattern in the video of the pro was very linear. But actually there are more pros with the X pattern that have weight on right side at impact. Do they have “weak” legs too?

        • Travis

          Apr 16, 2017 at 7:01 pm

          Weight and pressure are 2 very different things :). Go do some research then come back and let us know what you find out.

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