#102 Web TV: Do You Need Golf Balance For A Good Golf Swing?

Do you need golf balance for a good golf swing? View the video below to see why.

I’ve got a great activity for you to do when it’s raining, and yes we can do it when it’s not raining as well.  It’s really going to help your golf balance in your golf swing because we always need balance in order for you to hit your best possible shot.

 

Now, why is golf balance important in a swing? Well, what do you think?

You need to maintain that balance right through the swing.  If you were to do your golf swing, you need to make sure you have good balance going to the back of the shot. You need to make sure you are maintaining good balance when you are making contact with the ball. Also good balance in your finish.

I see a lot of people when they are playing and they have really poor golf balance and no one bothers to work on it. I don’t know if you have heard of a great book called “The Compound Effect” written by Darren Hardy.  It’s all about the little things that you do to create the big picture.  So, this is a little thing that you can do to help improve your balance in your golf swing.  If you want to hit the ball the best possible way that you can, you need to make sure that you have really, really good balance.

What’s the first exercise? I’m actually going to give you two.

Now, I’ll show you what the first one is.  This is a nice simple one and a real test for you.  What I want you to do here is, in bare feet,  and the reason why I want you to do it in bare feet is simply because you are learning to use the muscles in your feet.  A lot of people don’t use the muscles in their feet which then puts them off balance as well. Of course there are other areas in the body which put you off balance.

You need to make sure those muscles in the feet are working. That was a big thing I learnt when I had plantar fasciitis.  I had it for twenty years from playing tennis and I always really struggled.  It didn’t stop me from doing anything, even running and so on… but what I learnt was that the muscles in my feet were not being used properly and that was causing the problem. What we started to do was to work on developing the muscles and strengthening the muscles in the feet.  That’s why I want you to do this with no shoes on, you are working on developing the muscles in the feet and this is going to help you in your golf swing.

This is a really simple exercise… it challenges a lot of people.. and you will think… that is so simple, but I want you to try it.

EXERCISE 1:

Stand on one foot, hold your arms out and then I want you to close your eyes, you want to see how long you can maintain your balance.  Now, the plan is for you to maintain your balance for a minimum of twenty seconds. If you can balance longer than twenty seconds and you can build it up to thirty seconds, then that’s great.  If you can build up to one minute, even better. You want to be able to balance on that one foot with your eyes closed and you will actually feel the muscles in your feet working as well.  You are really working on your golf balance.

Once you have done your right foot, you then work on your left foot.  You want to make sure that you are doing the same sort of thing.  What you want to be able to do is close your eyes and work on that balance.  You should aim for twenty seconds, twenty seconds on each foot.  Really, really simple.

The second exercise we are going to do, really simple exercise but if you have knee problems I would probably suggest that you do not do this, but you can go down as low as your knee. People talk to me about power and distance.

People want power and distance yet they are not prepared to do anything outside of their golf in order to create that.  If you are serious about getting power and distance you have to do weight training, you have to do strength training, and balance exercises. That is the only way.

You can’t do it by turning up and hitting a few golf balls and you all of a sudden get distance.  Yes, technique is incredibly important.  You need to get your technique right, first thing before you even think about getting distance.  Technique and accuracy, the two most important things.  Then if you want to get distance, as your technique improves then you start doing some work and strength training. As we get older the most important thing for our development is strength training because it keeps our muscles strong and it also keeps our bones strong. If you do the research you will see how important strength training is as we grow older. Make sure that is part of your golf program, working on it twice a week.

You may not like it but think of the benefit that you are going to get from it.  It’s going to give you more distance, more balance, stronger in your shots, look at it that way. What are you going to get out of it?

EXERCISE 2:

Now this next exercise, again a really simple exercise. Balance on one foot, hold your right hand out horizontally and with your left hand you go all the way down and touch your toe and then come back up. It does two things, 1. it creates balance and 2. it’s strengthening up your quad muscles and your calves and feet as well.

You really have to maintain that balance when you are doing this.  Just do ten on one leg and ten on the other and do it slowly.  If you do it too fast you are all over the place.  These are slow, controlled movements.  Make sure you are going down really slowly and then touch and then you come up.  If you can’t do ten, do five, if you can’t do five then just do one.  Start with one.  If you can’t go all the way down to your toe… just do it down to your shin, or do it to your knee, modify it to work for you and then build up as you go.

Make sure you are doing these because it’s, like I said before, the compound effect, it’s the little things that you are going to do each day that will create a nice big result for you.

It’s like losing weight, if you want to lose weight and you decide that today is the day you are going to eat better and move more and so on then expect a result tomorrow, it’s unrealistic isn’t it?

You want to give yourself a goal, if you want to lose weight then you are going to look at a difference in about three months time.  So, being realistic here with your golf, if you take five minutes out of your day, five minutes is not a lot, it’s the little things that you are doing that will create a difference in three months’ time.  You will have much better balance; you will be much stronger in the legs but you have to make a commitment to do it.

Have an absolutely awesome day, take care, and remember; tee it high and let it fly.

To your golfing success,

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Tiffany Mika

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About Tiffany Mika

Tiffany Mika is incredibly passionate about golf and shares with you her knowledge about the game. She shows how you can have an exciting a life when you learn to play golf as you can travel the world playing exotic destinations and meeting lots of fantastic people who all share the same passion for golf.

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14 Responses to #102 Web TV: Do You Need Golf Balance For A Good Golf Swing?

  1. Jill March 17, 2016 at 11:06 am #

    Good tips! I hit quite a long ball and older ladies always comment – I tell them that I do 2 x 1 hour workouts per week in the gym that consist of weight and balance training!

    • Tiffany Mika March 29, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

      Hi Jill

      That is fantastic and keep setting the example.

      Tiff 🙂

  2. Carrie Choong-Kaw March 17, 2016 at 11:10 am #

    Hey Tiff, I do these exercises in Vinyasa Yoga with my eyes open! I’ll try with my eyes closed. It will be interesting!

    I used to go to the gym for weight training but found that it was too hard on my joints. I have autoimmue issues and rheumatoid arthritis. I am doing reformer pilates at a palite/yoga studio and it seems to be working for me.

    Totally agree how important it is to keeping our muscles strong and joints flexible as we get older and still want to maintain a high standard of golfing skill.

    Great video!!

    • Lena Harty March 17, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

      I am amazed to find I have no problem Tiff with the exercise of touching my toes – but the one with my eyes closed is another thing!!! Not bad though for a 78yr old!!! Will keep practicing!

      Must say your exercise to always keep your eye on the ball, UNTIL you have hit, has helped so much – thanks.

      • Tiffany Mika March 29, 2016 at 1:24 pm #

        Hey there Lena

        That is great that you have no problem touching your toes.

        The eyes closed one is the challenge, but keep working on that one.

        Glad to hear that you are enjoying the tips as well and that exercise keeping your eye on the ball is working for you.

        You are very welcome.

        Tiff

    • Tiffany Mika March 29, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

      Hi Carrie

      That’s great that even with your challenges you still continue to do what you can so you can play your best golf.

      Glad you enjoyed the video.

      Tiff 🙂

  3. Lorena cranch March 17, 2016 at 6:22 pm #

    Hi Tiff
    This makes a lot of sense as my husband Brian was having to do the balance (eyes shut) in his recovery programme after hip replacement surgery. It does take a lot of practice but gets easier as you progress but must admit he did not think of it as a golfing excercise. His hip is great so we will both be balancing together!!!
    Lorena

    • Tiffany Mika March 29, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

      Hey Lorena

      Long time no see.

      You and Brian can do the exercise together. Glad to hear that Brian’s hip is doing great. Ian has fully recovered.

      Keep up the practice.

      Tiff 🙂

  4. Di Bowen March 17, 2016 at 8:56 pm #

    Thank you for another valuable tip.

  5. Dave ONeill March 24, 2016 at 8:27 am #

    Hi Tiff! Been away to see my new granddaughter in NJ so have not written. Good tip. Balance so important. I am working on slowing my backswing and keeping my head behind the ball and still during impact. I like the 2 exercises you demonstrate. I will try them at home. Good footwork is essential. Thanks.

    Tiff, could you also please do a video on the golf swing release at impact? I know now from reading and practicing that it is good to ‘sting’ the ball at impact by turning the wrists and rotating the arms at the bottom of the swing for power and accuracy. But can you give us your take and a brief demo on this important concept? I’ve had it wrong for so many years and have been stiffed armed and hands almost like pushing at the ball at contact or like pushing on the end of a string – no power. Thanks again. -Dave

    • Tiffany Mika March 29, 2016 at 1:30 pm #

      Hey Dave

      Hope your new granddaughter is doing well and is a healthy happy girl.

      Balance is key in a golf swing with a stable base.

      I’ll get to the video on golf release at impact soon.. Thanks for the request and I will share with you my thoughts. For now keep your golf swing simple.

      Tiff 🙂

  6. Mary-Jane Ursu March 24, 2016 at 8:39 am #

    Thanks Tiff, great tip on keeping muscles strong. Planterf….so common in sport and many ladies do have (or have had) this issue so this is a great exercise for me to do. I also liked the exercise on driving distance as I need to improve this.. so hey guess what…another 5 mins of physical exercise for me daily. No problem!! Great video Tiff.

    MJ

    • Tiffany Mika March 29, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

      Hey MJ

      Well you are a trooper!

      You will add this into your regime of how to improve your golf game… and my girl you are on fire. So keep working on those little things liked we talked about, you will achieve all of your golfing dreams.

      Glad you enjoyed the video.

      Tiff

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