Dynamic Golf Weight Shift Video
So I don’t think it can be really overstated how important balance is in a good golf swing. You know whenever you are hitting a golf ball we’ve really got to make sure that we are well in balance from the start to the end of the swing. Very rarely do we see players who can consistently control where the golf ball goes, if during their swing they are stepping forwards, stepping backwards or falling over. Now the difficult part of a golf swing is pretty much throughout the entire swing, we are almost in a constant state of balance and unbalance as we try and generate as much power as possible using the ground forces available to it. So we are trying to turn back and then generate power by driving from that right foot to the left foot, we got to make sure that we don’t fall over during the process. But I think as a golfer we have an arsenal of things that can help us out, most noticeably the eyes, the ears and the muscles.
Now the eyes are one of the key factors that gives us a sense of balance throughout our everyday life well are always using our eyes us reference points to pick up areas then we can stay balanced in relation to them. Now one thing I would suggest is you try making a golf swing with your eyes closed, it's incredibly difficult to do, I'm not going to embarrass myself and do it today. But you go to the driving range, practice range, go to a nice quite corner where no one is watching you and then set up and try to hit a few balls with your eyes shut, it's very, very difficult. Even though we know that, that golf ball will never and has never moved on you it's very difficult to trust that it's still there and commit to it and one of the areas there that you don’t use, you're not using your eyes, it's difficult to understand your balance. The other thing that would help us out with the balance is the ears, you know the inner ear works all the time to try and create this nice stable, level and it gives us the idea of the ups and the downs.
So we see the issue with Jason Day recently where we had vertigo on the golf course you know his performance there at Chambers Bay was probably one of the best of recent memory for our very ill golf you know I think he actually collapsed at one point, had a sit down, drink of water got on and was very close to winning that tournament. And for that to happen without the use of his sort of the balance in aid of using his ears you know the guy has got vertigo he's going to be dizzy, he's going to be spinning round. That was a very, very good performance to get even close to winning that tournament. Also the other thing that helps is that and corrects the issues if we do have any issue with our balances our muscles, our muscles that are working all the time and it's important to keep our muscles in good condition to be able to do this.
So as we swing back we should be firing all the little muscles in the legs and in the feet and even in the toes to try and create a nice stable platform of us to swing from. So if you have any issues with a muscle strain or weak muscles particularly in the lower legs and in the feet that will probably come to find a problem with your golf swing and particularly with your balance. That s why I would suggest using those balance cushions or even standing, on a bed to make golf swings and you will feel specifically in your feet how tiring that is to do because all the muscles are working really super fast. So during a golf swing balance is important, the eyes, the ears and the muscles are working hard to retain your balance. Try and do the best practice you can, but you focus on your balance and you don’t get lazy and complacent but you try and hold your balance, get used to that, rather that hitting, walking after it and falling over. Improve your balance you will improve your consistency which will improve your game.