How to find your balance in the golf swing

GUEST Column: Scotty McDougal, Golf Pro – Maintaining Balance

Swing High, Swing Low, Swing Wide, Swing Around.  Everyone’s swing is different.  Even the pro’s have VASTLY different swings.  Look at Jim Furyk.  What an awful swing to win a Major Tournament!  I’d take those results.  The one thing every golfer MUST have in common is BALANCE.  If you are not balanced (and I don’t mean mentally), you are losing so much in your distance and accuracy that it will make you cry.

OK, how do we get proper balance?  Well, we started off by saying everyone has a different swing.  And we all do.  However, we ALL have the same balance point.  Imagine if you could swing around a fixed point consistently. You’d hit the ball the same spot each time, and you will have mastered the most elusive part of this game: Consistency!!!!

Here it is:  You ready?  This is going to be the biggest revelation, since, well, since I realized that I wasn’t good enough to golf on the PGA circuit (I never got my card, whoa is me!!)

Your point of balance is….. The middle of your collarbones, 3″ down. BINGO!!!

Turn and swing around that center of balance.  If you had somebody videotape you, you would notice (if you got it right) that the center of balance never moves!!

Actually, the ideal training aid is to get a video camera with a laser pointer mounted on it.  The laser will point to the center of balance.  You will note on the perfectly balanced swing that the laser point NEVER MOVES.

Balance, using a soccer ball. Naturally    

If you lack power or can never achieve
balance when you finish your swing, try this drill.

Place a soccer or beach ball between your knees and simply squeeze it and keep it
there as you coil your upper body on the back swing. This will help to remind you of
the sensation  of keeping the distance between your knees constant all the way up to
the top of your  swing, and encourage strong leg action and a powerful coil.

Once you complete the back swing, initiate the downswing with your lower body by
moving  your forward knee toward the target. Your legs should take on a squat or
sit-down look,  and the ball should fall from your knees. As your arms drop, simply
push off of your right  foot and swing to the finish.

If you perform the drill correctly, you can’t help but finish in balance. Use this
drill  to help remind you to create a gap between the knees on the back swing and to
close the  gap on the downswing. That’s what the pros do.


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