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Saturday Morning Tip: Swing in balance, like Rory

June 24, 2011

Good morning, fellow golfers. Today's tip is simple. It's all about balance. Jack Nicklaus told me that balance is not a cause; it's an effect. In other words, if you do good things in your swing, it will result in good balance. So how do you achieve balance in your swing? Without taking your swing apart, the best tip I've ever heard is to "hold your finish."  That will fix most mechanical flaws in your swing.

Start in your warmup on the range. Make a point of holding your finish position until you see the ball land. This is exactly what U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy does on every shot.

In fact, he holds his finish so long, Leroy Neiman could paint his image every time he makes a swing. You should try to do the same. Imagine McIlroy's posed finish this weekend on every full shot you play, whether in practice or on the course. In fact, holding your finish is not a bad idea on your short shots, too. Just remember to finish low on your chips to ensure solid contact!

Good luck with your game this weekend, and remember to follow me on Twitter @RogerSchiffman.

*Roger Schiffman

Managing Editor

Golf Digest

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