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Balance is ability of your body (i.e. nerves, muscles, and skeleton) to swing a golf club effectively and efficiently on correct path without changing position of your body in such a way that it is detrimental to swing and its outcome (i.e. contact with ball). Pretty simple definition when you break it down, and from now on when your swing coach says, “You have to stay balanced,” you know what he is talking about.
Developing Balance in Our Golf Swing
Okay, we now know definition of balance and its relationship to golf swing. Now, for second question of this article: “how do we develop balance in relationship to our golf swing?” This next section will answer this question for you. I would also bet that answer is not as obvious as it appears.
I will first say that developing balance in your swing is a combination of a couple of factors. The first and probably most obvious factor is mechanics. The golf swing is a biomechanical movement that requires body to take club through a specified swing path in a certain sequence and timing. The body must learn biomechanical movement of a golf swing to become efficient with movement. As your body becomes aware of movement, more efficient with movement, and has a better “feel” for movement, concept of balance in your swing will improve. So first part of developing balance in your swing is linked to mechanics of swing and becoming more efficient with these mechanics. This all funnels down to two things: 1) proper instruction about swing, and 2) practice. Practice, practice, and more practice is necessary to create better balance in your swing.
The second factor has to do with a term that many of you have probably heard before. That term is “muscle memory.” Realize that within your body skeleton is controlled by your muscles, muscles are controlled by nerves, and nerves are told what to do by your brain. The messages sent to your muscles through your nerves by brain create movement (i.e. muscles working to make body move). These movements can either be efficient or inefficient. Inefficient movements by muscular system tend to be “sloppy” and “unrefined.” Efficient movements are just opposite. Efficient movements by your muscular system are refined and technical. Improvement in balance is a result of latter (i.e. efficient muscular movement). Efficient muscular movement is developed through training muscles and nerves of your body to become more efficient. This is not done through typical exercises like bench press or leg press, but through stabilization and balance exercises.
As golfers we have our priorities. Let’s get some balance in our golf swing by training our bodies, getting proper instruction, and certainly a lot of practice. Once we’ve got balance there, then we’ll start talking about balancing our checkbook or helping Washington balance federal budget. To learn more about improving your golf swing go to our web site www.bioforcegolf.com.
Sean Cochran is one of most recognized golf fitness instructors in world today. He travels PGA Tour regularly with 2004 Masters Champion Phil Mickelson. He has made many of his golf tips, golf instruction and golf swing improvement techniques available to amateur golfers on website www.bioforcegolf.com. Check out his manual and DVD, Your Body & Your Swing, on BioForceGolf.com. To contact Sean, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sean Cochran is one of the most recognized golf fitness instructors in the world today. He travels the PGA Tour regularly with 2004 Masters Champion Phil Mickelson. He has made many of his golf tips, golf instruction and golf swing improvement techniques available to amateur golfers on the website www.bioforcegolf.com.