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answer Develop consistent balance and tempo

Ever seen a pro fall over after hitting a drive or approach shot? Ever seen one swipe wildly at the ball as his body lunged forward? Ever seen one (besides Tiger Woods) swing so hard you were sure he’d given himself a hernia?





No, no and no, right? That’s because professional golfers work obsessively on their balance and tempo, two huge swing factors most amateurs ignore.

Let’s first look at balance. It’s a pretty simple concept: To hit the ball solidly, you need to remain well-balanced from setup to the finish. Shift your weight too far in any direction – away from the target, toward the ball, etc – and dire consequences ensue.

The setup lays the foundation for a properly balanced swing. Weight should be placed evenly between the balls and heels of your feet, with each foot supporting 50% of your body weight. The finish tells whether you’ve maintained balance throughout. If you can hold your finish for a few seconds, good. It’s even better if nearly all of your weight rests on your left (lead) foot, with the right foot lightly touching the ground.

Now for tempo, an often misunderstood term which describes the pace or rhythm of one’s swing (NOT the speed of the clubhead). Without a steady tempo – whether fast, slow or medium – good balance is tough to achieve. In other words, consistency is the key. If your backswing is quick, your downswing should be too. A slow, smooth backswing should be paired with a similar move through the ball.

Achieving great balance and tempo isn’t difficult, but it requires work to keep them from getting out of whack. Good news: You’ll find several simple tips and drills at the bottom of this page.
There’s plenty more where that came from, including lots of advice on improving your balance and tempo. Click through these links for a half-dozen handy tips and drills:

Best Fundamentals for Proper Golf Balance

Correct Poor Balance by Holding Your Finish

Practice Barefoot for Better Balance

Best Golf Drill Ever? Feet Together Instills Balance, Rhythm

Find Your Natural Tempo

Maintain Tempo from First Hole to Last

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Here’s a better idea: Swing every club like you swing a wedge. Try it on the range by hitting a series of full wedge shots at your normal tempo. Then switch to the driver and emulate the pace of your wedge swing. You might be amazed by the purity of contact – and how far you can hit it.

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The shorter the club, the more easily you can control it. So it stands to reason that gripping down (i.e., choking up) an inch or more will enhance your ability to put the club’s sweet spot on the ball. Gripping down will also shorten your swing by just a touch, yet you’ll lose little if any distance thanks to improved contact.

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It’s practically impossible to make an efficient, consistent swing without involving your hips, torso and shoulders. Arms-and-hands swingers are prone to hooks, short drives and, well, just generally bad golf. Here’s a video that nicely demonstrates how the upper and lower body should work together: Proper Golf Swing Sequence