The Balance Test

This is a repeat form a few months ago, but constant reminder of important fundamentals is how you get better at golf. Plus, many of the readers probably haven’t seen this yet.

How good your swing, rhythm and alignment are…pale in comparison to the importance of good balance.

A good swing, good rhythm and proper alignment are very individual things, but balance is not.

There is a very simple test that a friend or just someone hitting balls next to you on the range can do.

Balance is all about keeping your feet under you in the setup, back swing, down swing and finish.

If your upper body moves too much from side to side, toward or away from the ball during your swing, your feet are not under you anymore and you are out of balance.

It doesn’t mean you have to be flat footed, nor does it mean you can’t have a lateral move.

What it means is your weight, center of gravity, whatever you want to call it needs to be over your feet the whole swing or you will be off balance.

It’s hard to describe what that means in print, but here is a test.

Take a setup(position 1), take a back swing and stop(2), then make a finish and stop(3)…hard to do this test during the downswing, unless you find someone who is not too bright and needs a 5 iron to the noggin.

Have a friend stand see how much force it takes to push you off balance in all three of these swing positions from all four points of the compass.

That will tell you where your weak balance points are and just use common sense to fix it.

Example 1-if at the setup you have too much weight on your toes, if someone just nudges you on the back, you will fall on your face.

Example 2-if you stop at the top of the back swing and your upper body has made too big of a lateral move…your right shoulder is outside of your right foot and you can be easily knocked over so your right ear hits the dirt.

…and so on.




  1. Carrera

    Balance is something you can improve with practice. Here’s one…stand with your arms extended outwards like you are flying, lift one leg like a stork, and then close your eyes. See how long you can stand on one leg like that. Harder than you’d think. When I first tried it I had to open my eyes at about 15 seconds before I fell over. Now I can get close to two minutes with each leg.

    • hackgolfer

      I’m going to try that when I get home, Miyagi-san! 🙂


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