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Better Balance During Your Golf Swing By Chad Jones

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Developing Better Balance During Your Golf Swing

By Chad Jones

What is balance, and why is it important to the golf swing? According to experts at the Titleist Performance Institute, balance is one of the key physical factors needed to produce an efficient golf swing. Balance is the ability of the human neuromuscular system to maintain proper alignment, posture, center of gravity, and coordination. Throughout the golf swing, a golfer must maintain the proper spine angle, transfer power and coordinate movements. In order to do this properly, a golfer is required to maintain balance of the body and control the arms and legs.

Below is a 5 -8 minute routine to perform 3 times per week to help develop balance like a PGA tour player! The following exercises will help build better balance in your golf swing. Perform each exercise without looking at your feet. Do not let your eyes tell your brain where you are in space. Instead, let your nerves and joints do the work. Make sure you have plenty of space and go slowly.
 
developing-balance-photoSingle Leg Balance – Perform for 60 seconds on each leg.  Once mastered, try it with your eyes closed.

Torso Turns One Leg – Try 15 torso turns each direction in golf posture on each leg.

Lateral Bounding – Do 15 jumps in each direction, bounding from 1 foot to the other with a stick.

Stork Turns – Try 15 rotations on each leg, rotating the pelvis/hips while stabilizing the upper torso.

Have Fun!

Chad Jones is the Director Of Elite Junior Golf for the Jonathan Yarwood Golf Academy located at The Concession Golf Club. He is a PGA of America certified instructor and has certifications in junior golf and golf fitness from the Titleist Performance Institute and was a 2010 US Kids Top 50 Coach. ChadJones@pga.com

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