Edited by nickshep7, 07 November 2007 - 10:21 PM.
Proper footwork on the downswing
Posted 07 November 2007 - 09:55 PM
Posted 08 November 2007 - 09:23 AM
A easy way to get this into the swing is just to think "keep my right heel on the ground a little longer in the downswing and that simple thought accomplishes this rolling move.............jim
Posted 08 November 2007 - 09:51 AM
It is always amazing to me that golfers can have strong opinions about minor body movements while ignoring the bigger biomechnaical picture. The reality is that a modern PGA tour golfer starts the downswing with a lower body movement - a left-lateral hip shift movement followed by a hip rotation movement (left hip clearing action). During the initial hip shift movement, the hips are squared as weight is transferred to the left foot. At that point in time, both feet are firmly planted on the ground. As the downswing evolves, the hips continue to rotate and when the right pelvis leaves the tush line and starts to rotate forward the right knee will automatically bend and the right heel will automatically start to lift off the ground. The amount that the right heel is lifted at any point in the downswing depends on the degree that the pelvis is open at that time-point in the downswing.
Consider this photo of Ben Hogan's downswing.
Image 1 shows Hogan at the hip squaring time-point and both feet are flat on the ground. As the downswing evolves, and the hips start to open (image 2) the right heel automatically lifts. By impact (image 3) the right heel is very raised - because the pelvis is very open.
It's a mistake to artificially attempt to keep the right heel on the ground during the late downswing. It can only impede the natural rotation of the pelvis, which should lead the shoulder rotation throughout the downswing. When hitting a short iron, where the stance is very narrow, the pelvic rotary movement may not require that the right heel lift off the ground, and the right foot may merely roll inward.
Edited by JeffMann, 08 November 2007 - 09:53 AM.
Posted 20 August 2011 - 06:19 PM
Posted 20 August 2011 - 08:23 PM
Posted 14 January 2012 - 06:08 PM
According to my physio therapist it is impossible to start lateral movement with anything except shift of weight, anatomically that is. So the "start your swing with your left knee" is a myth, apparently.
Posted 17 January 2012 - 06:14 PM
Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:23 AM
and the more I thought about it, the more I realized that if you keep your posture firm and just swing that club, you typically end up sequenced correctly.
Most swing faults stem from the beginning- setup and grip.
The rest is like throwing a ball...your body just takes it over.
Keep that right knee kicked in a little before you swing, bring the club back, and go.
I think 99% of people will see the weight roll off of the instep and into a finish.
Posted 27 December 2012 - 03:35 PM
As an exercise put your feet shoulder width apart and shift your weight so that the instep of your right foot comes off the ground.......yeah.....try moving anywhere in the room now.......not gonna happen.
That rolling off the instep is a function of correctly keeping your weight on the inside of the rear foot in the backswing..........and yes, the left foot will be on the ground at impact
that when you find it
and it sees you, it is trembling.
Posted 28 December 2012 - 01:52 PM
Edited by marte, 28 December 2012 - 02:44 PM.
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