Rolling Like a Log with Hank Haney

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HOW DO I BECOME A BETTER BALL STRIKER IN MY GOLF FULL SWING?

Every golfer wants to be a good ball striker. When most of us look at a golf swing, our attention is drawn to the levered movement of the hips, torso and arms - as they wind up and whip the club head toward the ball.  But all of that movement begins from the ground and works its way up. So if you want be a better ball striker - the question that should be asked is - "how should I move my feet throughout the golf swing"? Not surprisingly, the foundation of any great golf swing starts in your feet. 

PROPER FOOTWORK IS YOUR FOUNDATION

Top golf coach Hank Haney discusses the critical role that your footwork plays in becoming a good ball striker. Hank examines a common footwork problem that begins in the downswing, where the heel of the trailing foot lifts off the ground prematurely, robbing power, crowding the clubs impact zone. Alternatively, better ball strikers initiate their downswing from the ground up by rolling their tailing foot forward for maximum consistency and power.

You can learn a lot about your golf swing from studying your footwork - especially when you look at the downswing. The downswing really starts from the ground up. One of the most common mistakes with many players - as they're coming into the golf ball the right foot (right handed players) comes up too much.  The better ball strikers keep their right foot down longer - the weight transfers from the inside of their right heel to the left toe.  It does this by rolling that right foot in and kicking that knee in. When you keep that foot down, it gives you a better chance to swing from the inside. The second thing that does is it helps you stay in your posture better. When you see players that are coming up with their foot - they're generally raising up out of their posture as well. And that takes all their room away to get the golf club to come down from the inside. By keeping the right foot down longer it allows you to swing from the inside and also gives you a better chance to keep your posture as you come through the shot. So work on your footwork. Roll in that foot. That'll get you coming from the inside transferring your weight over the left side and get those hips bumping forward. You'll become a better ball striker if you start your downswing from the ground up the proper way.


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