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Golf Swing Finish
Watch the pros on Tour and notice how
in-control they look at the finish position of the their golf
swing. Why? Because they are!
They are in perfect balance. Even the pro who might look a
little “crooked” at the end of the swing has a balanced swing.
Vijay, who is slightly bent to the side at the finish position
of his driver, is still in perfect balance.
How often do you think an amateur practices or even thinks
about his or her finish position? Probably never. I would
surmise that once contact has been made with the golf ball,
most amateurs’ thoughts shift to the ball flight rather than
where our body is finishing the swing.
Why is the finish position so important to a successful golf
swing? And beyond that being in a balanced finishing position?
The finish position is directly related to two very important
concepts involved in the golf swing. Number one is swing plane
and clubhead is number two.
The swing plane is defined as the path on which the golf club
should travel upon during the swing.
A quick review of the swing plane tells us that beginning
with the address position, into the backswing, onto to the
downswing, into impact, to follow through, and completing
with the finish position, the golf club is intended to travel
on a specific arch. This arch is a result of the biomechanics
of the golf swing sequencing properly. In other words, everything
working with the correct timing.
Think of the club traveling in a circle during the swing.
This imaginary circle is your swing plane and it dissects
your back shoulder on the backswing and transition phases
of the swing.
Returns to the same position as you started at impact with
the ball, and dissects your front shoulder during the follow
through into the finish position.
If the golfer maintains the clubhead on this path during the
swing this is an indication that the mechanics of the swing
are being performed properly.
What does a balanced finishing position have to do with the
A balanced finishing position is yet another indicator that,
number one, the golf club is following the correct swing plane,
and number two, the golfer is performing the mechanics of
the swing in the correct sequencing with proper timing.
Secondly, the finish position is directly related to what
is referred to as “feeling” the clubhead.
Ask any Tour player they will tell you that they can “feel”
the clubhead at any moment during the swing.
Completing the swing in a balanced finish position requires
you to be “tension” free and feeling the club head through
the entire swing.
Now the bigger question is, how does the amateur golfer get
to a balance finish position?
Easier said than done. To develop “feel” in the swing, maintain
the proper swing path, and develop a balanced finish position
requires mastering three principles.
Principle number one is proper swing mechanics. In order to
develop “feel” and correct swing path requires the golfer
to develop the correct mechanics of the swing.
Not only do you need to learn the different fundamentals of
the swing, you need to train yourself to put these fundamental
in proper sequence.
Principle number two is the body. The body swings the club.
Your body must have the flexibility, balance capabilities,
strength, endurance, and power to perform the mechanics of
If the body is unable to take the club on the proper swing
plane because of a lack of flexibility or lacks the power
to develop clubhead speed. The ability to maintain a proper
swing path, and finish in a balanced position will be compromised.
Principle number three is practice. In order to develop the
proper swing plane, create “feel” for the club, master the
mechanics of the swing, and develop a body to support the
swing, you must practice the swing and train the body. Over
time this will result in the development of components of
a proper golf swing.
The amateur will often leave out one of the three principles.
If the golfer does not practice, train the body, or develop
swing mechanics, it is unlikely ou will keep the clubhead
on the correct swing plane.
Bottom line, a balanced finish position is a very good indicator
that particular swing was efficient. It also should tell you
that your body is flexible, strong, and powerful.
About the Author
Sean Cochran is one of the most recognized golf fitness instructors
in the world today. He travels the PGA Tour regularly with
2005 PGA & 2004 Masters Champion Phil Mickelson. He has made
many of his golf tips, golf instruction and golf swing improvement
techniques available to amateur golfers on the website www.bioforcegolf.com.