From the July 2012 Issue of Golf Magazine
“Ask The Top 100”
An Extra Club Gives you Better Balance in a Single Swing
Even as clubfaces get bigger, you’re still not finding the sweet spot too often.
You’re hitting the ball on the toe, heel, high, low – anywhere but in the center of the clubface.
There are multiple causes of off-center hits, but more often than not the primary culprit is poor balance. If you fall back on your heels when you swing, you can’t get all the way down to the ball, almost guaranteeing a strike on the toe. If you tend to fall forward to keep your balance when you swing, your contact point now becomes the heel, since everything has moved closer to the ball. Either way, ouch.
The long-term fix is to establish better balance when you swing. Hefty task. In the meantime, try the following quick fixes.
|If you tend to catch shots on the heel…
Hit balls with a club placed under your toes. This will force you to
keep your weight on
your heels instead of moving forward.
|If you tend to catch shots on the toe…
Hit balls with a club placed under your heels. This will force you to
keep your weight
forward when you swing so you don’t fall backward.
|If you tend to make contact all over the clubface…
Hit balls with a club placed under the balls of your feet. This is a good way to help you keep your weight centered
so you’re not falling
back or forward
when you swing.