- swing plane
- impact position
- sequence of motion
- short game technique
- distance and trajectory control
- solid putting from routine to execution
|Lorena with a very stable base allowing a full shoulder turn.|
The next factor of stability to look for is to have a strong frame and to use the frame and core to stay centered during the golf swing. I have used this picture of Paul Casey before, but I love that a picture can exude strength and balance as this one does.
The final area of stability that is important to teach is to support small muscle movements with big muscle movements. Young players need a stable base and a strong frame to swing around, but they also need good angles and tension in the connections. Here is what I mean by that. Whenever you swing the club, your arms should work in relationship to your shoulders and chest. If you swing the club without making a good turn or by lifting the club, your swing will be unstable. Instead, the club is stable and on plane because the hands are firmly on the club, the arms stay in the shoulder joint, the shoulders rotate as the chest rotates and the biggest muscles in the body are supporting the smallest muscles in a chain of movements. By saying there is tension in the connections, I mean that the wrists stay firm, the elbows stay firm and the arms don't lift away from the shoulders. Here is a shot of Ernie Els perfectly supported at the top of his swing.
Balance and stability seem to be very connected in a good golf swing. When I talk about balance, I mean both the balance of the body as you rotate and swing and the balance of the club as you swing it on plane. Balance is a skill that is developed and constantly improved. When I was coaching I learned that fitness earned with balance was superior to using machines that supported the body through the lift. Learning to balance a bar while squatting develops the balance and strengthens the body.