Balance and Footwork and Your Golf Swing

One of the keys to getting the golf clubhead to swing thru to bottom at the same place each time deals with footwork.balancefeet1

This may be common knowledge that’s disseminated to young golfers during their first Golf Ready lessons – I don’t know – but I’ve never heard anyone address this issue when covering the fundamentals like grip, posture, etc. – It’s footwork – and in particular the need for the tempo of your swing to sync with a rhythm that is metered out by a heel-toe-heel-toe sequence.

On the backswing you need to get to a point at the top of your backswing where you are “sitting down”.  This is a hard thing to explain.  It is the beginning of that feeling before you shift your weight to your left and start to clear your legs.  But in order to get the club to come back down with the proper lag you need to have a trigger that tells you when you should begin to let the arms come down.  If you don’t you get no lag and no speed.  This trigger can be typically 1 of 3 things:

  1. turning waist or belt buckle toward the target
  2. returning, twisting or pushing your left knee (for right handers) back to it’s original position after it’s been bent in a little during the backswing
  3. or push or plant your left heel back down firmly planted into the ground.

Only when one of these (or something similar) is done with your club swing in unison with the rocking back-and-forth from your right heel to your left heel, will the club head behave consistently back and forth coming thru the ball.  But when done right, it will bottom out and flow thru the same path – perhaps this is what is referred to as the ‘slot.’

In essence you are perfecting the imagery of being a pendulum or one of those oil-rig thingies that bobs back and forth spinning using the mechaincs and laws of physics.  You are an upside metronome and the more in beat the more precise the club head dances – if you get my tune.tempo clock

In essence, you need to focus on the oval that is created by the two balls on the inside of your left and right feet – the knuckleball joint below your big toe and the soft roundness pulp before you get to your inside heel.  These 4 points (2 left foot, 2 right foot) hold your weight and form the foundation of your rocking if that’s the right word.  When you set up to the golf ball you need to feel your weight firmly planted in the center of this oval – usually this means you have one or both knees slighty bent inwards so you are pushing out a little on the inside of your heel.

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Grasshopper

Think of the batter in the batter’s box who sorta squeezes his knees together in still position before the pitch.  When the ball approaches he lifts his left knee or maybe just his left heel as he swing back.  When he swing thru the opposite happens.

batter-up

Swing baddah baddah baddah!

When he lifts his left heel initially, all his weight is planted onto his right heel with just a little steadiness provided by his left toe – if its touching the ground at all.  This is part 1 of heel-toe.  When he swings thru – invariably he’ll have his left heel firmly dug into the ground while his right foot stand with toe to ground and heel to sky.  Heel – toe Part 2. 1 and 2. Back and forth. Doo-cee-doh and promenade!

Practice Suggestion: If you can even just swing in free air – like playing air golf 50 to 100 times in your backyard trying to get this rhythm –  1, 2 ….1 and 2 –  and only let the club come down at the trigger – for me it is after my left heel feels firmly planted – then and only then do I begin the downswing.

It’s kinda hard.  But it is similar to trying to skip a stone and whip it across the pond.  You keep your arm and elbow cocked back (the famous reverse C) to the last minute to build torque and whip it.  But the same heel-toe heel-toe dance applies.  Usually tho’ you lift up your entire left leg – almost like a pitcher who incidentally also has a similar heel-toe rythm that is way more obvious.  That, in effect, drive home the point.

It’s all about the footwork.!!!!

My aha moment from yesterday.  Sometimes they come out of no where. 🙂

But some credit goes to one of the Golf Academy’s shows where I know I’ve heard similar stuff.

 

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