Create A Solid Base For Your Golf Swing

Surprisingly a number of golfers do not perform any type of fitness regime. However if they do, it is usually not golf specific.

I really want to emphasise that when you are training for any sport you want to ensure that the training you are performing is sport specific.

In this post I want to talk about how important it is to ‘create a solid base for your golf swing’.

If you do train or thinking about training for golf have you or will you incorporate a program for balance?

You see one of the greatest variables in the game  (I know you are thinking it is wind speed, direction, weather, lie of the ball etc) is actually the surface the golfer stands on when addressing the ball.

How often are you standing in the perfect position when addressing the ball? Usually you are addressing the ball, it may be above your feet, below your feet, one foot higher than the other or just an awkward stance. Therefore constantly your body has to adjust to these variables.

If you were to create more efficiency in your body’s balance and train your body to adapt to changes your golf shots will become more consistent.

You also need to have ‘body awareness’  or proprioception which is to sense where your body is at any given moment. This is a very important skill to have as you become aware of where your body and club is in it’s various positions. If you can improve this area it will make learning new skills much easier.

Below I have two examples to begin your balance program. It may take some practice and some time but it will assist in gaining more balance through your swing.

First Exercise: One-Leg Airplane

  • Stand on right leg with left leg off ground
  • Arms held out straight in a T-Position
  • Keep your right foot, knee and hip in line with each other
  • Rotate your torso to the left and to the right
  • Ensure you keep your arms in a T-position and turn with your torso
  • Perform 10 repetitions then change legs

Second Exercise: One-Leg Golf Swing

  • Stand on left leg and perform golf swing
  • Swing the club nice and easy, not fast
  • Ensure you maintain posture throughout the swing
  • Perform 10 swings then change to right leg and perform 10 swings

Increase both exercises as your balance improves.

Always have it as part of your warm-up and practice routine.

Would love to hear how you go.

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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7 Responses to Create A Solid Base For Your Golf Swing

  1. Judith Mika May 15, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    Dear On-line Coach, As you know I have been practising religiously and I am getting quite happy with my swing. However, how do I take it to the golf course. When I practice I go 1..2..3 as in waltzing. When I on the golf course I go 123, much too quick. Can you suggest something to help?

    • Tiffany Mika May 16, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

      Hi Judith sounds like you are creating great rhythm in your practice, as in the waltzing 1..2..3. Now this is the rhythm you want when you play on the course. May I suggest that when you have your practice swing prior to hitting the ball in your 1..2..3 motion so you know the feel and rhythm you want your swing to be, then take a slow deep breath. When you address your ball before you hit the ball, say to yourself 1..2..3 as in waltzing then execute the shot the same way, 1..2..3. It will take some practice out on the course but you will find it will slow you down and you will get much beter results. 🙂

  2. Judith Mika May 15, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    I like this blog.maybe it will help with my problem. I’ll let you know how I go.

    • Tiffany Mika May 16, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

      Looking forward to hearing how this training helps you 🙂

  3. Judith Mika May 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Dear On-line Coach. I played today in the ProAm (tee’d off at 7 am) and I had 31 points. Stableford. I was very happy with all my shots, but, I could not sink a putt for love nor money. Par 3’s were OK, but par 4’s were a nightmare. I had every opportunity to par almost every hole, but no…the ball would not fall into the hole. I was so frustrated I found that even my putting action fell in a heap. I’ll have to do the repetition,repetition, repetition until it becomes a habit to NOT LOOK AT THE HOLE. Thanks for your terrific support.

    • Tiffany Mika May 16, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

      Judith what were the greens like today on the course you played? Whether they were quick or slow you still have to make adjustments to get used to them. Sounds like out of frustration you lost confidence with your putting because you weren’t able to adjust how the greens were today. Congratulations though on your results overall sounds like your golf is getting more consistent. You do have to develop confience in your putting. I will be releasing programs on putting soon so stay tuned for that. 🙂

  4. Judith Mika May 19, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    Dear On-line Coach. I played at Camden Haven yesterday and I …did not … lose a ball in the water. The course is mapped very well on the GPS and I was able to lay-up before the water and then just hit over. I did hit short over the water but I think that’s because all the green’s are built up and the ball actually has to land on the green. I would like to play the course again with my new-found knowledge. I had 30 points. I was happy with the way I was hitting the ball. No duffs.
    But, again I was hitting the ball short, do you think it was because I was bringing the follow through up too quickly?
    All your tips working well.

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