3 Drills to Help Improve the Balance and Rhythm in Your Golf Swing

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In another article, golf instructor Michael Lamanna discussed for us - and showed us in photos - what good balance looks like in a golf swing. And why finding the proper balance and a good swing tempo are so important. Finding that effortless-looking swing that produces power is what all golfers want. Or, to put it in the words of Hall of Famer Julius Boros, the goal for golfers is to "swing easy and hit hard."

Balance and rhythm are keys to that. But is there a way for golfers to work on improving their balance and rhythm? Yes, and here are three drills recommended by Lamanna.

Drill: Find Your Natural Swing Rhythm

Start with this drill that will help you find your natural swinging rhythm - the tempo that will help you generate clubhead speed while remaining in balance.

Lamanna says:

  1. Place 5 tees in the ground 4 inches apart in a line.
  2. Stand just inside the closest tee and begin swinging a 7-iron back and through with a continuous swing motion.
  3. Begin walking forward, clipping each tee out of the ground in succession.
  4. Repeat this drill three times and you will find a swing pace that will allow you to keep your balance and still generate clubhead speed.

Drill: Perfect Your Balance Points

Once you've discovered your natural swing rhythm, next turn to perfecting your balance points. This drill can help you memorize them.

Lamanna says:

Start by swinging in slow motion, about 10-percent of your normal swing speed, for 10 reps. Then repeat while increasing your speed to 20-percent, 30-percent, and so on up to 80-percent.

  1. Close your eyes and feel your balance at address, then make a backswing and stop at the top, feel your balance on the inside of the back foot.
  2. Start your downswing by feeling weight move to the front shoe, then stop at impact. Your weight should be on the front foot.
  3. Continue your swing to the finish and hold, feeling your weight on the front foot, and tap your back toe.

Drill: Practice Swing in Slow Motion

Making your golf swing in slow motion - even super-slow motion - is something that many great golfers use as part of their routine. Even Ben Hogan did it. Lamanna says practicing your swing in slow motion is one of the very best practice drills. Here's how to do it:

  1. Set up 10 teed-up balls and make full swings in slow motion. The balls should only travel 10 to 15 yards. Think of this speed as 10-percent of your normal swing speed. (Your belt buckle is the "speedometer" of your swing for this exercise.)
  2. Every 10 balls, increase your body rotation speed by 10-percent.
  3. By the time you reach 80-percent, you will arrive at your optimum rhythm and balance speed.

And at that point, Lamanna says, "You will be surprised at how far the ball goes and how solid you will contact the ball."