Dynamic balance is when a golfer can control their body and maintain posture while it is in motion. This is one of the key components of a good golf swing. Balance can be affected by a range of mobility restrictions throughout the body, today we are going to focus on the upper body, specifically in the rib cage, thoracic spine and shoulder blades. These areas become tight over time but if you have been stretching it is important to try to incorporate your new found flexibility into golf specific movement patterns. This months exercise is a great way to not only improve your balance but to incorporate a good functional stretch into your golf swing.
Assume your address position, holding a golf ball between your palms. Shift your weight onto one leg while maintaining proper spine angle, keeping both arms straight slowly rotate to the left and then back to the right. Remember to keep your elbows straight and maintain a good shoulder plane throughout your turn. Due to poor mobility of the shoulder blade (scapula) on the side you are turning towards, most of my clients have trouble keeping their arms straight during this exercise. Stand in front of a mirror so you can watch your elbows in the reflection. Try to stay on one leg for at least 30 to 60 seconds while continually turning right and left, then repeat on the other leg.