what is dynamic balance in golf

Golf Monthly Top 25 Coach Paul Foston asks what is dynamic balance in golf and why does it matter. His simple video explains perfectly how to use your weight in the golf swing.

What is dynamic balance in golf? This term, often used by commentators and coaches refers to the way in which you use your weight through the golf swing. As you are looking to make an athletic motion with good body rotation, it makes sense that your balance point will change during the swing. Generally speaking, with a 7-iron in hand you want your weight split evenly at address and then for 80% of your weight to shift into your right side by the time your reach the top of the backswing. From there you then shift back towards the target so that in the finish 80% is on your left side. Weight distribution in the golf swing is a fundamental of good golf.

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The same principles apply in all sports – even in throwing a ball where your weight moves towards the target as you release. Where people often go wrong in golf is when they get fixated on keeping their head down - it's usually a piece of advice that passed from one amateur to another. This can prevent the flow, or dynamic balance, that is so important. Your head can move right and then left a fraction to help you rotate and then unwind. What you must avoid is for your head to lift or dip – this will have a detrimental affect on your ball striking. Once your posture is set at address you should be looking to maintain it but crucially, this should NEVER stop you from moving your weight right and left as you swing the club. Of course, good dynamic balance means that you should be able to hold your finish until the ball lands. Try exaggerating the correct weight shift and if your weight goes in the wrong direction, it will feel very strange indeed!

Neil Tappin
Neil Tappin

Neil has worked for Golf Monthly for over 15-years. Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. Neil is currently a 2-handicap golfer who has played the game for as long as he can remember. In his role at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

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