Lesson Five - Rhythm

Proper muscle bracing and control for balance is what is necessary to support the rhythmic motion in the golf swing. The golfer can rarely have good rhythm if the sense of balance is out of control. Bracing muscles properly at address for exact balance; guaranteeing no excess muscle tension building up or building down during the swing provides the opportunity for good 'tempo'. When the spine and lower back muscles are locked in place, the whole upper body can feel like it hangs from the top of the spine, or the back of the neck, and swings very easily.

The legs and lower back must provide firm support. The legs must be strong and athletically flexible and yet remain plenty stable. The body muscles must be strong and toned in order to realize the snap on the ball that great rhythm and 'contact' gives. The player may need to develop more muscle strength and coordination necessary to demonstrate the balance and rhythm fundamentals of mechanics that really 'snaps' the ball like the professional. But working with balance and rhythm at the range is certainly a good way to expose mechanical flaws and to find mechanical solutions.

Rhythm is about dance or gymnastics or music. The entire coordination of body muscles needs to be perfectly together. At the top of the back swing, the muscle connection from the left wrist through to the left heel can be felt as a solid unit, or a complete sense of "tension". The harmony in the golf swing is in feeling or sensing the entire body as a perfect balance of harmonious muscle relationships. To feel all of the muscles acting perfectly to quietly coil or load the back swing is almost as neat as the dynamic uncoiling of power into impact. 

At address, the club-head is locked to the muscle frame of the entire body, as if a puff of wind can drift the club head and upper body into the 'take-away'. If 'the pendulum' of shoulders and club head is perfectly balanced, then the player can freeze the back swing at any point from the ball to the top of the back swing and not sway a fraction or adjust any muscles. Take the club back to different points and 'freeze'. Balance and rhythm should be undisturbed. The golfer can swing all the way back and 'freeze' their position at the top and not sway, sag, or move in any way. This is the foundation for rhythmic acceleration.

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