The word of the day is

balance.

Other than at address, you don’t fix balance. Lack of balance tells you something else is wrong.

Here are a few. This is nowhere near a comprehensive list. These are a few common ones.

All of these assume being balanced at address.

1. If you are on your toes at the top of your swing…odds are you took it way too far inside.

2. If you are on you your heels at impact, you probably straightened your spine or pulled off of it.

3. If you lose your balance toward the target after impact, you probably got in front of the ball before impact.

These are just a few of an almost infinite number of things listening to your balance can tell you.

Being balanced through the whole swing allows you to swing as hard as you want and still be under control.

Don’t let the “swing smooth” crowd tell you that you are out of balance because you are swinging too hard. Swinging smooth is just a bandaid for bad balance and masks the real problem.

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  1. s.

    That’s very similar to what your friend Brian Pavlet said on his Golf Channel Playing Lesson (with Jason Zuback).

    All he thinks about is staying balanced.

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  2. meateater

    I think you make a crucial point, namely that a loss of balance is a symptom. How many times have we heard some well-meaning instructor patiently explaning to a student that they need to stay in balance? Like Charles Barkey, they want to but something in their swing is throwing them out of balance. The dreaded reverse pivot is a good example. Sure, it can be caused by loading your left side on the way back, but if your forward swing doesn’t wrap around your body and instead goes too much down the line, you cannot keep from falling back, no matter how many times your teacher tells you not to.

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  3. Steve Bishop

    For He so sayeth and it was just. Amen.

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