Many players consistently lose their balance in the golf swing and spend hours trying to achieve it through varies methods. Most miss however quite possibly the most important method that has to be learned however once quality posture is achieved. That is “CLUB FACE.” That’s right clubface.   Our body is designed for decent balanced athleticism but subconsciously we will make adjustments for club face positions that are not correct during the swing causing us to be thrown here and there all over the ball. Find out if this could be you??

With a decent neutral tension free grip, the athletic take back will find the leading edge of that clubface starting to naturally open as we turn and rotate. That natural gradual rotation of the leading edge of the face corresponds to our shoulder and torso rotation but many folks do not let this happen. For various reasons they either over rotate and spin the face, forearms, and hands open taking the club dramatically inside, or counter twist their hands/forearms closing the face. Take a moment with me to see what happens when we improperly rotate the face.

Stand in front of these pictures/mirror and follow along. Assume a balanced posture you’re accustomed to with hands in a typical hold without the club. Simulate an improper over rotating takeaway spinning the hands and forearms very open. Do this again and again feeling where this takes your balance. Repeat doing the opposite turning everything under/closed including your hands and clubface. You will undoubtedly start understanding not only how this dramatically affects your balance but shoulders as well and even your upper torso. Close your eyes for a moment and again feel each of these improper face positions and how your body instinctively moves, how your weight shift automatically corresponds to different rotations etc during the backswing.

We could spend a long time here demonstrating how what appears to be such a simple movement could create such havoc in your swings. As you however mess around with several more simulated swings you will note that turning that face closed on the backswing is a major reason for an instinctive reverse pivot. Yep there it is. One of the main causes.   You will likely get a sense that this same movement will also cause the athletic instinctive corresponding hanging back on the right side during transition. Over rotating those arms and face will cause poor flat rotated shoulders and a lot of terrible upper and lower torso balances off and behind the ball making it extremely difficult to make decent and consistent balanced contact. It also forces us outside and around on the forward swing with most folks falling forward toward their toes.


Testing many students over the years we found it always holds true. Your body only responds to what you give it and it will work really hard at achieving some sort of balance so you do not fall over. This means that you will learn to make dramatic compensatory moves to stay upright and none of them are good.

“Toe Up”  

The old adage of toe up to toe up works most every time. Tested students who have had such falling over unbalance, that it became their trademark finish that everyone knows them by. Each of these students just given a simple face and arm movement adjustment along with shoulders turning on plane, completely found balance throughout their swing for the first time. All those years of trying different ideas of maintaining balance did not work as their body only responded to that face.  

Use The Simple Toe Up Drills..with a club

Assuming good athletic posture learn to turn the shoulders somewhat perpendicular to the spine in the takeaway. Relearn how the forearms, hands and clubface also rotate correspondingly with your turn. You can even try exaggerating a bit by making sure that leading edge is straight up before you get the club parallel to the ground. Try that a few times feeling where your weight finally starts to go compared to closing and over rotating…

To the top we are looking for the face again to be nearly toe down. When you find this position and can start swinging to that position without a ball, again note your differences in balance. From there allow your arms a free falling drop and swing thru to a simulated post impact position that finds again the club parallel to the ground and your clubface toe up to the sky. Swing softly back and forth from toe up to toe up and note the balances on your feet. Try the opposite again and feel where your body instinctively takes you. Do it a little faster and faster until you can imagine and feel those toe up positions. Hit a few shots and start celebrating your better balanced golf swing.  









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