Golf Stance is Connected to Fundamentals and Balance

by JL Lewis on March 19, 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, golf ball position, alignment, and posture can be important factors affecting the fundamentals and balance.  To learn more about how grip, golf ball position, alignment and posture may affect balance read the previous blog posts in this series, Golf Grip Tips, Importance of Ball Position, and Alignment and Posture.

PGA Golfer J.L. Lewis demonstrates the stance, a golf fundmanetal
Stance is Connected to Golf Fundamentals and Balance

Additionally, stance and balance are connected because a stance too wide can cause these errors:

  • lack of full shoulder turn,
  • restricted weight shift during the swing,
  • a swing plane that is too flat,
  • a low hooking ball flight, or
  • shanking the ball.

A stance that is too narrow can cause these misses:

  • a reverse weight shift,
  • a steep back swing,
  • fat shots,
  • thin shots,
  • low duck hooks,
  • high right shots,
  • loss of triangle in the arms during the swing, or
  • losing the spine angle that was established at address.

Proper execution of the fundamentals of grip, ball position, alignment, posture, and stance gives the player their best chance for good balance before and during the swing. A player with good balance almost always has a fundamentally sound set up and swing. To achieve good balance during the swing, practice and review all of the fundamentals on a regular basis. To have good fundamentals, work on being in perfect balance before and during the swing. Balance and fundamentals are co-dependent.

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