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Stabilize your body for more consistent shots

June 17, 2013

Swaying side to side, instead of fully rotating the body, is one of the primary reasons golfers hit shots inconsistently. For right-handers, the ball usually goes to the right. For left-handers, it’s just the opposite. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix to stabilize the lower body and eliminate the side-to-side movement that results in poor golf shots. Here’s how it’s done, according to Mark Hackett, Director of Instruction at Old Palm and one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America:

  • At the driving range, place an empty golf ball bucket upside down, with your feet touching the sides.
  • Swing the club to the top and hold it.
  • If you’re swinging properly, you can feel your back leg “loading up.” If you’re still swaying, the bucket will have moved to one side.
This drill creates consistency and power by forcing the body to rotate, which prevents the legs from moving laterally. Practice until you can swing to the top without disturbing the bucket, and you’ll notice an improvement in your golf shots.


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