Some pros can quickly scan your golf stance and predict how you will swing. Good footwork makes for good club swings. Alignment to the target, proper rotation and weight transfer, it all follows through. The corollary is also true: poor, overactive footwork can disrupt the overall swing rhythm. Golfers practice self-examination with every stroke; drills at the driving range follow the diagnosis. Problems and symptoms get analyzed and eliminated, whether it is toes up in the downswing, falling back on heels, or hitting from the back foot. Golf is a difficult game played by professional and occasional perfectionists.
Remedial golf is the norm. Yet, baseline readings on what needs to be corrected can differ in the way that western and eastern medicine do. Some say ‘change your foot action’ while others say ‘footwork is passive, not active’. Both high-and-low handicap players struggle with their footwork. They look to their feet when they can’t place the ball. Again, the corollary is true: when golfers are swinging well, they feel it in their feet.
Here’s a simple prescription for a decent shot at a good golf swing:
“Focus on your feet, forget about your arms”
Step 1: During your backswing, lift up your left heel, and
Step 2: During your follow through, lift up your right heel.
At first, you’ll want to really over-do the part of the drill where you lift your heels. It’s very important that you use the heel lift to “stomp” your left heel down to start the downswing. Apart from helping you naturally transfer your weight, it will also help you instinctively fire the correct muscles in the left leg and hip that you need to stabilize the downswing and impact positions. (1)
[I can already hear the naysayers!]
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIV)
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