Flexibility, Mobility, or Stability?

Stability is very important in the golf swing motion (Photo: Scott MacLeod, Flagstick)

By Jason Helman, PGA of Canada 2010 National Teacher of The Year

Director of Instruction, The Academy at Wyndance GC

Flexibility, Mobility, or Stability?

One of these things is not like the other.  Which one is more important?

Stability is very important in the golf swing motion (Photo: Scott MacLeod, Flagstick)
Stability is very important in the golf swing motion (Photo: Scott MacLeod, Flagstick)

This drill is a fantastic drill to promote stability at impact. Most golfers have terrible footwork and foundation issues. I guarantee if you work harder on gaining stability versus trying to become more flexible or mobile you will hit the ball more solidly. So, have you figured out which one is more important than the other? Definitely stability.

Step 1: Make your backswing motion to the top with the ball in your index finger and thumb. As you wind up your lead shoulder should drop down slightly. This will allow you to rotate your torso and hips efficiently. Keep the lead arm pointed in the box of tees. If you want to move weight to the trail leg or feel more centered with weight distribution I’m good with either.

Step 2: The downswing is a very ballistic movement. We’re trying to ensure you “fire the ball in the box” and get stable into the left heel. Notice my hips have cleared and the right shoulder working underneath allows my chest to stay in the shot and cover the ball. This keeps the chest rotating as I brace. This is one of the most important pieces as most golfers tend to stand up out of the shot.

Step 3: To continue this drill simply take your grip from this position, ensure the back of your lead hand is flat and feeling the club head would be stabilized, continue the rotation of your chest to your lead side. Notice I’m still braced into the lead heel with my arms fully extended and the trail side beginning to push and pivot forward.

Step 4: Continue through the virtual post impact into extension with the chest rotating as you begin to exit to the lead side. The club will be working in a more vertical plane versus more of a horizontal plane. Notice I’m still braced even more into the lead heel here with the front portion of my lead foot beginning to come up as the energy starts to exit.

Step 5: Notice the finish of the hands is high just above head high and I’m stable into the heel of the lead side. You can do this drill in the backyard, on the range, in the basement with a tennis ball, in a hotel room with no ball, simply working on the movement pattern will help develop your skill.