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The Lesson Tee: Find your balance

Ben Alexander
Siskiyou Daily News

The winter season has finally made itself known and it's getting colder. It’s great to see golfers here at Lake Shastina out playing some winter golf. However, as the weather gets colder our freedom of movement seems to become somewhat restricted and our balance as we move gets a little off. 

Ben Alexander

The golf swing, remember, is motion turning back and through with body rotation and arm swing, so the balance comes from the ground up. Our feet really need to have a good foundation. 

What I see often when golfers on my lesson tee are hitting golf balls is their feet do not stay on the ground supporting the golf swing. 

My tip of the week: when you are addressing the golf ball, getting set up and ready to hit your shot, I want you to feel your weight equally on the balls of your feet and your heels as you make your make swing and follow through.

A great drill here is as you make your back swing, stop your swing at the top of your swing and feel in your golf shoes if your weight’s on your heels and the balls of your feet where it should be. 

Watch the swings of PGA Tour players or good golfers at your golf club. I’m sure they will all have really good balance when they swing the golf club. 

Have fun and I’ll see ya on the first tee.

Ben Alexander is a PGA teaching professional who formerly taught in Pebble Beach and now teaches golf lessons at Lake Shastina Golf Resort. He was awarded the PGA Teacher of the Year twice and was nominated for National PGA Teacher of the Year. To contact Ben call (831) 277-9001.