I hate the term “secret” with golf instruction. There’s no secrets in golf, however, there’s one aspect of your set up that is never talked about. Yet, this set up change can have a huge impact on your game
It’s your feet!
You heard me right. I’d say the second biggest set up problem with beginners is the way they use the feet in their swing. What happens is we point our toes at the ball and here’s what it does to your swing:
The more you point your toes at the ball, the less you can turn with your lower half. When we have less of a turn back, we have a smaller swing arc and less club head speed.
Here’s an experiment you can try at home: Try pointing your toes way in and turn back. You will find it’s more difficult to make a big turn. Now point your toes way out, voila! You can make a wide turn and this is a great way to add yards to your driver.
Here’s the best part of this change…you can cure your bad shots with this change. How so? Take a look:
Slicing – slicing is caused by an open clubface at contact. One possible cause is when the hands get caught too far behind the body. We can actually open the back toe wider to promote more arm swing. Point your left toe at the ball and this will help prevent spinning out of the shot.
Hooking – this is our closed club face shot that spins out to the left. What we do here is flare out the front toes and close the back toes up. This will slow down the arm swing and free up our lower body to hit the ball more squarely.
Shaping Shots – Work with different combinations of setups to help you hit the shots you want. Hitting a draw? Flare out the back foot more than the front. Working a fade? Flare out the front toe a little more than the back.
One last thing: feet tend to be misdiagnosed in terms of your alignment. Just think of your feet as braking systems for your arms and lower body. Your hips, knees, and shoulders just need to be aligned properly.
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