Today we’re going to be talking about what the axis is. The axis is like a pole going through your body, that you rotate around, which is the same thing as our center of gravity. Your body is always seeking balance from front to back and side to side. It’s very important to understand where you want your weight to be in the swing at the point of impact, because the body rotates much easier when we’re turning around our front leg in a way that allows us to release our mass in the direction we want to go. A lot of times people set up in a way that restricts them from being able to rotate easily with their weight on their front leg, without having the ball start further to the right than they intended (right-handed players).
What they try to do to compensate, is to rotate from the middle of their stance to get the ball to start on line, keeping their axis in the middle of their feet. This is one of the leading causes of back pain, rotator cuff, tendonitis, and a plethora of physical issues that send energy back into the body.
You want to be able to feel that you can easily move through your shots. So if you’re ever curious if you have your axis in the right spot you can tell just by whether you can walk through with no resistance, brush the grass, and have the ball start on the line you anticipated.