Center of gravity and balance are hugely important factors in your golf game, but you probably don’t think about them all that much. When your balance is off and you don’t have control over your center of gravity, your golf game is going to be inconsistent. Here are some simple steps to improving your balance and center of gravity to positively impact how you play.
Be Still, Even When You’re Moving
By eliminating excessive movement, you will tap into your center of gravity and feel more stable and smooth in the movements that you do make. Focus on keeping your body still except for when you make deliberate movements. This will help to isolate your movement to where it’s supposed to be and help you control your center of gravity.
Practice Balance Drills
Try these drills to improve your balance on the course:
Stand with your right foot crossed over your left and make half swings. Practicing this drill regularly will improve your balance as well as swing and body turn.
While standing up, lift one leg up so that your thigh is parallel to the floor, with your knee bent. Find your balance and when you’re comfortable, close your eyes. Try to stay in this pose with your eyes closed for 15 seconds. Once you’ve mastered this, you’ll find your balance is much better.
Another useful drill is to practice golf swings in your bare feet (just don’t play your games this way, please). Without the support of wearing shoes, your feet will naturally grip the ground and you’ll begin to feel more control over your center of gravity.
Practicing yoga regularly will greatly improve your all-around balance, and you’ll notice a difference when you’re playing. Try to carve out a little time–just 10 to 15 minutes will do it–every day to do some gentle yoga. Poses that are particularly helpful for golf balance are cat, cow, forward fold, and seated twist.
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