Importance of the Finish
by Ed Harris, PGA
Senior Teaching Professional
Kapalua Golf Academy
Students often ask why it's so important to finish the golf
swing, after all, by the time you get to the finish, the ball has long since left
the face of the club. Logic would seem to dictate that the ball is gone so the
finish could not affect the shot.
Although it is not readily obvious, the finish has a huge
affect on the success of the shot. The following are just a few reasons why you
should finish every swing.
The finish emphasized the importance of dynamic balance. All
good golf swings start and finish in balance. This is one fundamental that all
great golf swings share.
The finish completes the swing cycle. The true definition
of a successful golf swing depends on its ability to repeat itself. In order for
it to be repetitive it must have a definite start and a definite finish.
The finish gives the player immediate feedback as to the execution
of the swing. If you are having trouble getting into the finish position, chances
are something is breaking down during the swing that is preventing you from finishing.
The next time you head to the links or the practice tee, make
sure you finish every swing in a complete and balanced position.
When you reach the finish position your chest, belt buckle
and the shoe laces of your back foot all face the target and
100% of your weight should be on the outside of your front
foot. Make a good finish a priority in your practice and you'll
see your shot improving.