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Footwork

Joshua B

I have been working on my balance much more this offseason and found that when i take back the club and focus on putting pressure on my back heel and then on the downswing focus on putting pressure on the front heel i get the proper balance i am looking for...problem is that is all i think about and forget my normal swing thoughts. Is there a drill to make this routine that any of you have done and/or doing?

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  1. Barry B

    I think just practicing swinging a club until you feel like your footwork becomes second nature is the best thing to do. Once you get to that point you can go back to your normal swing routine without thinking about your footwork.
  2. Chuck Z

    Are you talking about when you practice or when you play? Some wear headphones/ear plugs and listen to music so they can focus on hitting the ball and not THINK when they are practicing. Helps teach you the ability to focus. That six inches between the ears can get in the way.
  3. benjamin g

    I use a balance board I bought on Amazon for 15 min before I practice. It helps me get "balanced" mentally and physically. Balance yourself before taking up a club. Then don't think about it again until after 20 shots. Check to see if you are indeed still balanced. Then swing some more.
  4. Ryan E

    Speaking from experience and by that i mean a whopping 6 years of it, stop taking lessons , worrying about in to out and all the other stuff your head is filled with and go play golf. It almost made me quite when when i started playing and guess what when i stopped i got better. Im now 41 been playin since 35 and expect to be in single digit hcp this year.
  5. Matt M

    I like to dry practice the various components of the swing without hitting (Less expensive as well). With my balance and footwork I hold a club across my shoulders and mentally focus and shoulder turn and weight transfer. You should feel yourself "coil" on the back leg and inside of your back foot. From there it's all about the transfer. Your using that coiled up power of your legs planted on the inside of your back foot and moving it to the outside of your front foot. Dry practicing this will develop your "feel" for the movement. Hitting allows you to visually see the results of all those pieces in motion. Dry practice weight transfer in your home or office. its quite simple and has made a world of difference for me. I'm an occasional player at about 4-7 handicap.
  6. Paul D

    Since you're a fellow lefty, I can give you a little more pinpointed advice - my best swings feel like I have the weight on the inside arch of my left foot at the top of the backswing, and from there really feel like I create a slight reverse-C motion on the through swing (bump hips and fire towards target). Being in balance on the finish has been difficult, but I feel that the quicker I fire my hips on the downswing the better my finish, consistency of strike and distance is.
  7. Paul W

    I'm no expert, but one of the best tips I received as a swing thought was, "swing back, swing through." This works as tempo for me as well as swinging back into my right heal and swinging through to me left heal. If you watch a video of Ben Hogan's Waggle, Hogan sort of walks into his set up. When he waggles back he moves his weight to his right foot, then he steps with his left as he waggles forward, moving weight to the left foot. Looks like a swing hearsal to me. I'm working on making this my pre-shot routine to insure I swing through. Hope this helps.
  8. Edward K

    I know exactly what you mean. When I swing too hard, my balance gets off a little, especially with my longer drivers. Thinking of getting more on my heels and more rotational does tend to take focus away from other parts of the swing......

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