Have you ever heard the old saying that the golf swing is built from the ground up? NO? Well it is! What part of your body is in contact with the ground throughout the whole golf swing? Hopefully it’s your feet, right! Okay you might have seen some youtube videos where golfers end up on their butts, but not good golfers! Golfers that play well have good balance and remain on their feet!
However for a lot of golfers the feet are one of the most neglected parts of the body that is almost never thought about when trying to hit the golf ball.
Your feet are the foundation to your golf swing! Yes sir! Your feet can both assist you or prevent you in making an efficient movement in your golf swing! Infact the roll that your feet play is so crucial to making an efficient movement that if you don’t use your feet correctly then you are leaving yourself short of perfection. The positioning of your feet and how you use your feet to transfer pressure into the ground will effect how efficiently you use your body in your golf swing and ultimately how well you hit the ball.
For example, the more width you have between your feet in your stance, the more stabile your lower body is in your swing. But you need to take into consideration that your hips will need to rotate both back and through in your swing. So If you have too much width between your feet then you may lose your ability to rotate your hips efficiently.
You also need to take into consideration the effect of having your feet pointed inward, straight forward or flared out, will have on your ability to rotate your ankles and your hips as well in your golf swing.
Or how about if you stand with your lead foot closer to the ball so that your lower body is closed to the target, or vis versa?
Or if your feet tend to go into eversion and pronate so that your knees cave in or supinate so that your knees cave out. Pronation or supination of your feet will inhibit your ability to rotate your ankle correctly which will also lead to limited movement in your golf swing!
Now try for yourself, stand up and see how well you can turn your hips with a wide stance, now try turning your feet inward, now try turning your body while pronating and supinating your feet and last but not least try standing with your lower body closed. Then try and see if it is easier to turn your hips with a narrower stance or by flaring your feet outwards, with normal foot pronation or by standing with your feet parallel to the target line. You should be able to feel a huge difference, right? If you can’t feel a difference then you probably shouldn’t be driving home this evening because you will most definatly fail a drunk test!
So how should your feet be in your golf swing then? Great question! The answer to this question lies within you! What? That sounds like some freaky Star Wars, Luke I am your father, Yoda kind of answer right?
What I mean is that your feet positioning needs to be specific to what your body can or can’t do, and that is about as individual as your own DNA. But don’t worry, you will find the answers in the Golfers Handbook. The physical screenings that you can take in the Golfers Handbook will assist you in understanding if you will benefit from having a wide or narrow stance and how turned in or turned out your feet should be. By understanding your body you will better understand how your feet should be positioned to help your golfswing move more efficiently.
Now that you’ve learned how your feet build the correct foundation for your golf swing you need to understand how your feet also can possess the correct remedy that will assist you on gaining proper sequencing and timing as well as an efficient rhythm for your golf swing.
Golf is a rotational sport meaning that to create power and efficiency in your golf swing your body needs to rotate. When your body rotates back and through your pressure in your feet will change.
Let us say that you start at the address position with your weight distribution dispersed about 50/50 on your forward and trail feet as well as being forward on the balls of your feet at your set-up. Then as you start your back swing your body rotates away from the target and if done correctly your pressure on your feet will follow so that your weight should transfer slightly into the inside of your trail heel and out on the toe of your lead foot. The opposite happens in the forwards swing as you start to change directions from your back swing to down swing your pressure will transfer into the front of your lead foot and then spiral into the lead heel and out onto your trail toe. There are some excellent exercises to help you gain good foot work in your copy of the Golfers Handbook on pages 69,70,71.
In the end, if you are really interested in improving your golf swing then start from the ground up! Because without the proper foundation to build your golf swing on you are setting yourself up for a rotational disaster that will lead to poor shots, lack of power and extra strain on your body that often leads to injury! Which reminds me, what are you wearing on your feet? Are your shoes the right size and form for your feet? Did you know that as you mature in age your feet will generally get shorter and flatter? It might be time to get your feet checked and properly measured up and not just for comfort either. You need to be sure that your feet are supported correctly in your shoes for your golf swing!
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