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!
Shallowing the Club: Two Moves to Avoid (Part 1)
It’s the move we all want in the downswing… and rightfully so. Shallowing the club is a great way to put your swing on plane and really start to narrow you misses. All shallowing moves are not equal, however; in fact, there are a couple that you’ll definitely want to try to avoid because they can actually have the opposite effect!
We’ve broken this series into two parts to make it more digestible. This is Part 1. Thank you for watching!
Shallowing the Club: Two Moves to Avoid (Part 2) is coming soon!
WATCH: How to hit better pitch shots by improving weight transfer
In this video, I use technology to help you better understand how you can pitch the ball like the pros.
When pitching, you may have learned to keep your weight on your lead foot throughout the shot. That’s not always the best approach. With BodiTrak, I show you how to move your weight correctly to achieve more consistent strikes.
A fool-proof technique to hit the short chip shot, with Gabe Golf
Short game guru Gabe Hjertstedt recently provided a number of short-game tips to GolfWRX Director of Original Content Johnny Wunder, and Editor Andrew Tursky at Scottsdale National Golf Club’s all new short game area. Each day this week, we released a new video from this 5-part series.
- Part 1: How to hit short-sided shots
- Part 2: How to hit the 40-yard bunker shot
- Part 3: How to hit the GIANT flop shot
- Part 4: Tricks to cure the chipping yips
In the final episode (part 5), Gabe helps Johnny overcome his fear of the easy shot around the greens. Enjoy the video below!
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