Is Core Balance the Key to Everything?

Everyone’s body is different, so it makes sense that everyone’s perfect balance will be found in a different place.

Dr David Wright from California is in the forefront of the study of human balance, and has developed a system of mapping the core muscles of an individual, and then using a few simple tests, to identify their dominant core region. Only one of the nine core regions will exhibit symmetry.

It is even possible with regular “planking” of all the nine core regions to develop symmetry throughout, with benefits to health and performance. This only takes 5 minutes a day.

It makes sense that someone who is perfectly balanced and aligned will have fewer doubts in their mind, and it has also been proven by Dr Wright that when you have a balanced core your ability to visualize improves dramatically.

These are valuable assets for any sportsperson, and go a good way to explain, why just trying to copy the technique of the latest champion is doomed to failure, unless by chance the champion and you have exactly the same body.

As a golf coach the opportunity to know exactly what body I am dealing with, before offering advice, is a revelation, and I would even go as far to say it makes me much better at my job of tailoring the swing to the individual.

The artist Henri Matisse died the year I was born, and he famously said “I dream of an art of balance”.

I am with him, I dream of Golf, that is “the art of balance”, but not being a great artist, it helps when a scientist like Dr Wright, does a detailed sketch for me to colour in.

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