Having poor balance can be very detrimental for any golfer,whether a pro or a beginner. Having good balance in your golf swing is essential. One common problem that I see in many golfers is poor lead side balance (LSB). Lead side refers to the front or lead leg in your swing. The key to most efficient golf swings is the ability to post into the lead hip and leg, allowing the torso to fire around a stable lower body. This posting of the lead side decelerates the pelvis and lower body and therefore transfers massive speed into the upper body and arms. Without this quick deceleration poor energy transfer and weak shots will result.
Here are some signs of poor Lead Side Balance:
- Sliding – this is where the lower body moves too far towards the target on the downswing and can reduce the amount of rotation created in the lower body. The picture below shows an example of a slide in which the lead leg moves to far forward.
2. Hanging Back – this is where the player avoids the lead side all together and they don’t shift their weight forward during the downswing. This forces the player to be upper body dominant and eliminates the most powerful part of the body, the lower body! Picture below shows example of hanging back at impact
3. Falling forward – this is where the player loses their balance after the shot and they fall off balance and take a step forward. This usually means they are Early Extending and their lower body is not rotating into the lead side, instead the whole lower body is thrusting towards the ball.
All of these faults can be caused by problems with lead slide balance. Restoring proper balance is essential to prevent these movement patterns from occurring during your golf swing and maximizing your game.To see if you are struggling with any of these problems or lead side balance schedule a golf video analysis with Dr. Andrew Schwert, D.C at West End Chiropractic and Wellness.
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