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Lower body stability is a key to success in the wind

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Sang-Moon Bae picked up his first PGA Tour win by coming from behind on a very windy day in the final round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

While most on the leaderboard were struggling to break par, Bae was able to finish strong despite the difficult conditions.

When the wind is strong, making solid contact with the ball on all of your shots becomes even more important. A well-struck golf shot will be less affected by the wind than an off-center hit.

Lower body stability during a full swing is crucial in making it possible to hit solid shots with consistency.

After watching Bae and others fight the wind, it was obvious their lower body stability was under control.

Here are a few tips to help you maintain lower body stability and make solid contact with the ball:

• You must begin with good balance in the setup to have a stable lower body. Use an athletic posture with your knees slightly bent for balance. Not sure if you’re balanced? While in your posture just before you swing, lift your toes up off the ground. Then move your weight forward so your heels come off the ground. The last step is to gently put your heels down and stop shifting your weight when you feel pressure on the balls of your feet, just behind your toes.

• Limit lower body rotation on your backswing. If stability is an issue, then there’s a good chance you turn your lower body away from the target too much on the backswing. Ideally, your lower body should turn no more than 45 degrees when at the top of the backswing. Having trouble getting the feel of a proper lower body turn? Go to www.k-vest.com and find a professional in your area that can use the 3D motion technology of K-Vest to help you find the proper lower body turn.

• Always end with a good, balanced finish. There’s a reason why all the best ball-strikers on tour hold their pose at the end of every full swing. If you can maintain your balance to your finish, chances are you remained stable enough in your lower body throughout the swing to hit a good golf shot. As a general rule, I have my students hold their finish with their weight on their lead leg and body facing the target for at least three seconds after every shot.

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