End of the Week Tip: Improve Lower Body Stability

Lower body stability during a full swing is crucial in making solid, consistent contact with the ball. Tour players are great examples of how stability is key to a repeatable swing. How many times have you ever seen a Tour player lose balance on a normal full swing?  

Here are a few tips to help you maintain lower body stability and make solid contact with the ball:

·       You must begin with good balance in the setup to have a stable lower body.  Use an athletic posture with your knees slightly bent for balance.  Not sure if you’re balanced?  While in your posture just before you swing, lift your toes up off the ground. Then move your weight forward so your heels come off the ground.  The last step is to gently put your heels down and stop shifting your weight when you feel pressure on the balls of your feet, just behind your toes.

·       Limit lower body rotation on your backswing.  If stability is an issue, then there’s a good chance you turn your lower body away from the target too much on the backswing.  Ideally, your lower body should turn no more than 45 degrees when at the top of the backswing.  Having trouble getting the feel of a proper lower body turn?  I use 3D motion technology like K-Vest to help my players find the proper lower body turn.

·       Always end with a good, balanced finish.  There’s a reason why all the best ball strikers on Tour hold the famous pose at the end of every full swing.  If you can maintain your balance to your finish, chances are you remained stable enough in your lower body throughout the swing to hit a good golf shot.  As a general rule, I have my students hold their finish with their weight on their lead leg and body facing the target for at least 3 seconds after every shot.