Friday, February 16, 2007
Swing Barefoot For Balance
The majority of recreational golfers fail to achieve the balance needed to excel at golf or any athletic activity. One of the reasons why most golfers dont swing in balance is that they swing too hard. A rule I like to impose on my students is Swing as hard as you want to as long as you finish the swing in balance.
A balanced finish means that your belt buckle, chest and eyes face the target, with the majority of your weight on the front foot, not hanging back on the rear foot. If youre not balanced in the finish, its likely you werent balanced during the swing and, as a result, brought the club into the ball on an incorrect plane and, of course, with less power than youre capable of generating. More important, if youre facing left of the target at the finish, you know you made a solid turn through the shot.
A good way to feel good balance is to swing barefooted. Take off your shoes and socks and tee up a 7-iron. As you make your swings, focus on keeping your feet underneath your body. In order to attain this centeredness, you cant take a mad lash at the ball.
Swinging barefoot allows you to feel what its like to swing within yourself. Youll actually hit better golf shots in bare feet than with your shoes and socks on. You certainly wont come out of your spikes trying to kill the ball.
Hitting golf balls barefooted can help you develop good footwork and good balance. The ultimate goal is to maintain these sensations when you lace up your shoes. Summers here—the grass feels nice, and so, too, will your swing.
PGA teaching professional Barry Goldstein is the director of golf at Polar Shot Golf Center in Johnson City, N.Y.