This pre-shot routine will help you find a balanced setup with every shot


In this edition of Home Practice, GOLF Top 100 teacher Tony Ruggiero shows us a pre-stroke routine to help you find a balanced setup.

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Setup is the basis of a solid swing. If you don’t master your fundamentals when addressing the ball, you make it even harder to hit the ball solidly.

The problem is, many recreational golfers ignore this reality. In their quest for towering irons and bombarded discs, it’s easy to ignore simple fundamentals. But if you want to hit the shots of your dreams, you have to build from scratch.

Balance is a key element when working on your setup. And in this edition of Home Practice, GOLF Top 100 teacher Tony Ruggiero emphasizes the importance of a balanced setup.

“I don’t think people pay enough attention to balance when it comes to working the golf swing,” says Ruggiero.

With the help of Dr. Scott Lynn, PhD and biomechanist, Ruggiero uses Ground Reaction Force Plates to find the specifics of a balanced setup.

“If we’re trying to learn a motor task, it’s good to explore the outlines,” says Dr. Lynn. “If we know where the edges are, then the middle is much easier to find.”

You can use this theory and apply it to your setup to discover a balanced address position. Sit in front of the ball and put all of your weight on your toes. Take note of this feeling, then put all of your weight on your heels. Now that you know these two extremes, it will be easier to find a happy medium, that is, a balanced setup.

“It’s a really good pre-injection routine that you can do,” says Dr. Lynn. “Right before you strike, explore your toes, your heels, find the middle, then swing… That little pre-shot trigger could really help you balance yourself.”

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Zephyr Melton is associate editor for GOLF.com where he spends his days blogging, producing and editing. Prior to joining the GOLF.com team, he attended the University of Texas, then stopped with Team USA, the Green Bay Packers and the PGA Tour. He assists on all instructional matters and covers amateur and women’s golf.


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