I have been fortunate in my experience as a golf swing coach to work with all kinds of clients with all kinds of golf swings. Through the years, however, I’ve seen that one of the major things that separates fairly consistent ball strikers from golfers who lack consistency is their ability to use the ground to move their body and generate power efficiently.
Understanding the role that the placement of your feet has in your golf swing is huge. This article is intended to inspire and intrigue your curiosity so you are willing to take the next step, which would be to stop guessing and visit a TPI Expert and/or an experienced swing coach who understands how your body moves and assists you in building a setup and golf swing that works with your body.
There is, in fact, an old saying that pretty much sums up what’s going on with the ground in our golf swing: “Good footwork = good golf.” Our feet are, after all, the only contact we have to the ground. Luckily, due to new technologies (force plates and pressure mats like Boditrak), we can measure what’s going on under our feet as our pressure shifts throughout the golf swing. We now actually have the measurable data to prove what was once very hard to prove.
You Are An Individual!
If there’s one thing my experience as a golf instructor has taught me, it’s that we’re all individuals who move a little differently due to genetics and lifestyle. Because of this, how we place our feet on the ground can either help or hinder our ability to hit good golf shots. This video should help to shine some light on some different strategies of how you can work on finding a position to place your feet on the ground that is best suited for you.
What Does This Mean?
Suppose you were lacking the ability to rotate your hips efficiently (the hips are designed to be mobile joints). That would prevent you from having the ability to turn your hips and transfer your pressure into the ground efficiently in the backswing and/or in the forward swing. In this case, it could be an advantage to flare your feet slightly in order to assist your body in turning efficiently. The same goes for the width of your stance. The wider apart your feet are in your stance, the more stabile you will be. If you are lacking mobility and flexibility, then your joints and muscles are too stabile already, so you might benefit from having a narrower stance that creates less stability so you can move more freely in your swing.
One last pitch to visit an expert. Certain joints in your body are designed to be stable, while others are designed to be mobile (like the hips), but the body is clever. When it can’t get mobility from one part of the body, it tries to get it from another. These compensations can not only sabotage your ability to utilize the ground efficiently, leading to bad ball striking, but they set you up for pain and injury. Find a TPI Expert near you.
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We have all heard that “good golf begins with a good grip,” but all too often information on how to grip the club lacks personalization. In a series of Instant Swing Fixes, I will be going through all areas of the golf swing to help golfers personalize the scientific information that leads to these conclusions of how to best swing a golf club.
First up is this 5-minute show on Grip Types: Neutral, Weak, Strong and how they affect the rotation of the club. Next up will be “Face Squaring” followed by “Methods of Taking Your Grip.”
Unlocking Your Golfing Potential: Why golf lessons with instructors don’t work
On the first episode of our new “Unlocking Your Golfing Potential” podcast series, Coach Will Robins and Cordie Walker talk about what a golf coach is, and why getting one might be just what you need to to actually achieve your golfing goals. The current model of golf instruction is scheduling a one hour lesson and letting that instructor know what you want to work on… but Coach Will explains why that just doesn’t work if you want lower scores.
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