Brad Ott: Hi, this is Brad Ott, Director of Instruction here at TPC Craig Ranch, McKinney, Texas.
As a member of the tour for 12 years, one of things that I noticed that a lot of my students struggle with is balancing, literally just staying on their feet when they finish their golf swing.
What does balance do? Well, we all know is balance is something that's required in order to have power.
If you have a lot of power with no balance, it really doesn't translate to a lot of energy to the golf ball.
It's good to have power but it's really important to have balance.
I want to teach you something that I train my students, particularly from a very early age and I'll still have a lot of my more advanced students have to work on this.
It's what I call the three components to a balanced finish.
What I'll encourage my students to do is once they hit a golf shot, once it's finished, I'll have 'em look at three components to their finish.
Number one, component is I like shaft on the base of the hairline, okay? Shaft on the base of the hairline.
I don't want to get too far into this, but if you do hit draws and fades it might change a little bit but for a straight shot, let's keep it simple so we can go ahead and discuss some of the balance components.
I like balance on the base of that hairline.
Number two, I like to see the shoe, if I'm standing behind him, I like to see every spike.
I don't want to see some of the spikes, I want to see every single spike.
What that tells me is that the hips have transferred weight all the way to your left side and that's really critical for a solid golf shot.
I like to see all the spikes if I'm standing back behind him.
Number three, when they finish, I like to see the knees if it's possible, everyone has a little bit variance in their hip size but I'd like to see the knees touching.
Some of the best players in the world touch their knees and some of them don't.
Like I said, it depends on your, the width of your hips.
If you have pretty wide hips, you may not be able to get 'em quite to touch but your goal is to try and if you can't touch 'em, get 'em as close as possible.
I don't like to see the knees apart cause that tells me that hip rotation didn't quite finish.
Next time you're out practicing and you want to work on your balance, be able to hit solid golf shots, think about those three components when you finish.
Touch your shaft on your hairline, touch knees and have that foot show the spikes to anyone back behind you who may be watching.
If you do those three things, I think you're going to have a lot more balance in your golf swing which should lead to more consistent golf shots.