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Good Balance and Rhythm in Golf Swing Help You 'Swing Easy, Hit Hard'

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Maintain Balance, Use Smooth Tempo in Swing
Proper Balance in Various Positions of the Golf Swing

Clockwise from top left, the proper balance in golf swing positions from start to finish (larger photos on following pages).

Photos by Kelly Lamanna
All great players have the ability to swing every club at a consistent tempo and with great balance. Rhythm and balance are linked. Some players, like Tom Watson, exhibit faster tempos. Some, like Ernie Els, exhibit a slower tempo. Yet all remain balanced.

The key to consistency is to maintain your balance and use a smooth rhythm.

If you rush your swing you will lose your balance and the end result is inconsistent contact and poor ball flight. Outstanding ball strikers are rarely off balance at impact and their rhythm is the "glue" that bonds their positions and movements. Often their swings seem effortless and they, as Julius Boros described it, "swing easy and hit hard." Great rhythm allows you to properly sequence your body motion and arrive at impact in a position of leverage and power.

Ten-time PGA Tour driving accuracy champion Calvin Peete says the three keys to straight driving are "Balance, Balance and Balance." If you want to be a more consistent ball striker, you must understand how the body should be balanced in four key positions.

The following pages show those four positions and how the body should be balanced in each.

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