Balance is one of the most overlooked aspects of golf training, but it is very important for a powerful, consistent swing. Simple balance exercises can dramatically improve your balance in life—and in golf.
Balance is usually associated with dancing, gymnastics, or other activities embodying quick and complex body movements.
What many golfers don’t realize is good balance is also crucial for the game of golf. Yet it’s often one of the most overlooked aspects of golf-specific training. People tend to think a loss of balance is an unwanted side effect of aging. It’s true—like so many things related to our bodies—balance does diminish with age… but only if not practiced.
Here’s the encouraging news: balance can improve when practiced regularly.
Generating maximum power and consistency in your golf swing requires that all of the body’s systems related to balance work together: your vestibular system (inner ear), proprioceptive system (cells found in ligaments and joints that tell your brain where your limbs are in space), muscular system, and visual system. It’s important to challenge these systems individually and together.
The best way to do this? Practicing simple balance drills. A great exercise to build balance by activating multiple systems is with the Single-Leg Balance with Head Turn exercise we shared this week.
Many more of these types of exercises can be found throughout the GOLFFOREVER program. Committing to these simple exercises for just a few minutes a day can dramatically improve your balance (and your game!) in just a few weeks.
Just as strength training makes muscles stronger and cardiovascular training keeps your heart healthy, balance drills improve the body’s ability to know where each body part is in space and maintain solid footing as numerous parts move at the same time.
Remember, balance isn’t just for dancing or walking a tightrope. It’s essential for power and accuracy in your golf swing, and it can get better or worse as you age, depending on how much attention you put toward it.
- Good balance is a function of three systems: visual, proprioceptive, and vestibular
- You need to train all of these systems to improve balance
- Balance is an most overlooked aspect of golf training but is very important for powerful consistent swing
- Balance diminishes with age if not practiced
- Loss of balance can be reversed and improved if you practice it
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