Ryder Cup Win a Matter of Heart and Balance by the European Golfers

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"Emotionally, the Ryder Cup was won with heart. On the technical side, it was won with balance," says Tracy Reed, Golf Biomechanic, Mental Game Specialist, and Author of Golf Swing Control, the art of using balance feedback to monitor and control the golf swing for maximum consistency.

The 2007 Rydercup was dominated by golfers playing with heart. Motivated to win for Darren Clarke, a Captain's pick who just recently returned to golf after the loss of his wife, the European team made very few mistakes. On the technical side, the issue was balance.

Why was Tiger Woods not his usual accurate self? He was not tuned in to his balance. Often setting up with just a little too much weight on his heels, it seemed like the answer seemed to escape him. When he was set up in balance, he fired darts, but the balance wasn't consistent, especially during Saturday morning round.

For Phil Mickelson, who is often a clutch player, the combination of balance and that left knee that sometimes gets a little loose, seemed to keep him on the defensive. Even Sergio Garcia, who seemed unstoppable, seemed to fall prey to the issue of balance late Saturday. Like Tiger, he seemed to set up too much on his heels, showing that he was still human in team competition, where Sergio seems to play his very best.

Why is balance important? When the body changes from static balance, such as the golf stance, to the dynamic balance of the golf swing in motion, the body will automatically make whatever changes needed to regain balance, including changing the golf swing. Starting the golf swing out of balance gives a golfer little chance to hit the golf ball well.

The Americans played great golf this year, but every time they made a clutch putt, the Euros seemed to answer with a clutch putt right on top of it.

The Euros advantage was heart. Both teams had heart, but the Europeans just had more this year. Why does heart make such a difference? Heart helps a golfer to visualize the shot that has to be made to win a hole, and believe that it can be made. Clear visualization combined with proper balance will often move the body to make "miracle shots."

When it comes down to it, the Americans need to be more fired up. Looking back at the American wins of the past, they were definitely more fired up than this year. Will the next Ryder cup Captain be able to rally the Americans? We'll have to watch and see.

Tracy Reed currently teaches the hidden art of using biomechanical feedback to gain swing control and become a feel golfer to golfers in 30 countries around the world. For more information about Golf Swing Control and how to use balance to find that ever elusive control in your golf game look up Tracy Reed, visit http://www.golfswingcontrol.com
or call Tracy at 904-903-6116

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