Nick Faldo: 2 things you need to gain ‘3-5 mph’ of swing speed

For more power, Faldo says you need balance and stability

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That advantage, Faldo says, often comes down to two things: Better stability, and better balance. If you have both of those things in your golf swing, you’ll quickly start gaining swing speed, Faldo says.

1. Why you need better balance

Balance is a hugely important quality in a every golf swing, and can be a big potential power drain if you lack it.

“A lot of people think balance applies only to the finish, but they’re wrong. If you can’t balance at the start of your swing, you won’t find it at the end. ” Faldo says. “Some people think they’ll be able to fix that during the swing, but they won’t be able to. Your body will end up spending so much effort trying not to fall over that you’ll be costing yourself swing speed.”

2. Why you need to improve your stability

Balance and stability are related, Faldo says, but they’re not the same thing. You can maintain your balance on a tight-rope, for instance, but not necessarily your stability. It’s the melding of the two, Faldo says, that can help boost your power.

“With better balance it’ll be easier to hit the ball a little sweeter, and part of that is giving yourself a stable base,” Faldo says. “A wide stance and the right amount of knee flex will help your balance, and help you use the ground on the way back and through.”

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Luke Kerr-Dineen

Golf.com Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Director of Game Improvement Content at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role he oversees all the brand’s service journalism spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University and in 2017 was named News Media Alliance’s “Rising Star.” His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.