The Key to Better Golf

By: Staffan Moritz

Golf experts do agree on something. It's not possible to play a good stroke if your balance isn't maintained throughout the swing. Keeping your balance sounds pretty simple. But it's nigh impossible when you have a death grip on the club, your arms and shoulders are stiff and you're trying to hit the ball with every ounce of strength can muster.

Beginners are often warned to not try to hit the ball so hard. A little energy well directed and smoothly applied will drive the ball father than a monstrous effort that ends up not connecting the ball at the center of the club. If you're balanced, you have more freedom when hitting the ball.

You want to keep your head in one spot, your eyes on the ball clearly. Actually the steadier you keep your head in one spot, the better you see the ball. This is all part of creating your foundation of balance. Anything that tips you off balance makes it impossible to see the ball clearly. You must keep your head still and not move it from the spot in which you start.

You can't have your body rigid and your muscles tensed if you're wanting to maintain your balance. Unless you relax your muscles, your head is going to move.

Practice in front of a mirror and you will see that your muscles really do need to be relaxed in order for you to keep your head still during a swing. No two people have the same frame or physique. So you have to work out some things for yourself. But always start with the foundation of keeping your head in one position. If your head is still, you can see the ball clearly and you will turn your hands at the right instant.

Just by keeping your head perfectly still you'll correct a lot of faults. You can't grip your club incorrectly without at some point disturbing your balance and moving your head. And you can't keep your balance unless you follow through correctly.

If your mind is concentrated on keeping your balance and keeping your head still, you won't overswing or jerk your club away. You won't put forth too much effort forth at any one point. You won't be stiff and you'll have a smooth, even rhythm to your swing and a nice finish.

Balance really is the cure-all for many faults of golf. It takes time before you see improvement, so be patient. Think about keeping your head still and maintaining your balance at all times and you will have a foundation for an excellent golf game.

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