Golf Instruction Zone: Better Footwork for Proper Balance

In this installment of our Golf Instruction Zone, Ted Frick of the Classic Swing Golf School in Myrtle Beach, S.C. shows us a balance drill where reinforcing footwork is the key.

 

 

Hi, I’m Ted Frick, director of instruction and owner of the Classic Swing Golf School located at the beautiful Legends Resort in Myrtle Beach. Today I want to do a tip on balance: it’s an essential ingredient in the golf swing. Keys to balance are definitely going to be a steady head, but also it’s quality footwork. As a result of balance, what takes place is you just might be able to find the sweet spot, and boy does that feel good from putt to drive. A lot of times when you miss the sweet spot, and you’re over exerting yourself with effort, you lose balance in the golf swing.

So a classic picture is over swinging and your weight’s going back, or over swinging and the weight’s going forward. Here’s a drill. I’ll tell you what, you can do this with a pitching wedge, or even the driver. The best drill that I know for balance, and I’ve been doing this for 26 years full-time (If you know a better one, email it to me). Practice with your feet together, and the ball in the middle of your feet.

Do some practice swings. Swing as fast you want, but when you do your swings, you’ve got to maintain your balance in the golf swing. So feet together, ball in the middle, and you’re hitting golf balls with your feet together the whole time.

Check it out. All right, so I’m setting up. I’m getting nice golf posture with the arms nice and relaxed, but never moving the feet and keeping the head steady.

Again, I’m telling you, that is like 200 yards right down the middle, with a soft draw in bounds. This is a drill for balance, a steady head is the key, and quality footwork.

Take out the footwork for this drill. Hope you like it!