Golf Fundamentals and Balance – Alignment and Posture

by JL Lewis on March 15, 2010

Golf Fundamentals and Balance

An important physical characteristic of the golf swing other than the fundamentals is balance.  Golf fundamentals and balance go hand in hand, and balance can tell you if your fundamentals are correct.

Both grip and golf ball position can be important factors affecting the fundamentals and balance.  To learn more about how grip and golf ball position may affect balance read the previous blog posts in this series, Golf Grip Tips, and Importance of Ball Position.

PGA Golfer J.L. Lewis Demonstrates Proper Alignment with Son Cole
Alignment

Alignment is also connected to balance.  Being lined up to the right of the target can cause the following misses:

  • weight being too much on the toes at impact,
  • pull hooks,
  • pushes to the right,
  • an over the top swing path,
  • standing up during the downswing, or
  • losing the spine angle that was established at address.

Having the weight too much on the heels at address can cause these misses:

  • pushing the ball to the right,
  • topping the ball,
  • pulls to the left, or
  • loss of spine angle during the swing.
Posture

Posture is also connected to balance and having poor posture can cause the following misses:

  • a reverse weight shift on the back swing,
  • losing the triangle in the arms during the swing,
  • too swift of a back swing,
  • loss of distance because of slumping over and not having the same leverage during the swing,
  • fat shots,
  • thin shots, or
  • losing the spine angle during the swing.

Stay tuned for the concluding post in this series, Golf Fundamentals and Balance – Connection between Stance and Balance.

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