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FOOT ACTION IN BACKSWING

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Last night I was working with a golf fitness client and we were talking about hip strategies (click here for a video example of a hip hinge with rotation) and how it relates to setup and backswing mechanics. After coaching his movement, we noticed his feet were not very stable and he was relying on his toes too much causing him to lose balance the same way he would in his downswing. That reminded of an article from Golf Digest titled “Jack Nicklaus: My Lifetime Principles For Great Golf”.

In the article Jack discussed his 6 principles that helped him through his golf career, and his 4th principle was on footwork.

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Jack quoted Jim Flick as saying holding the instep of your backfoot down keeps your right hip in check and I completely agree with that. Engaging the instep of the foot helps the hip stabilize in internal rotation (or in non-jibberish terms, working from your instep helps you pivot through the hip with sliding). In the same article Jack says ¦impact is a result of rolling your ankles back and forth which I also agree with. One drill I like using to teach this in is called Single Leg Hip Hinge with Rotation (seen below). What you will find in this drill is that as you hinge forward (first part of the drill) you need good balance throughout your foot, and as you rotation the hips open and closed (second part of the drill) you need to subtly roll your ankle very much in the same way you do in the golf swing to maintain control. If you have trouble with foot work, or sway/slide in your swing, I would suggest trying 5 repetitions on each side to build awareness of how the foot and hip relate to each other in rotation. Enjoy!

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(Click here for the video link)

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