GOLF: How The Left Leg Works In The Golf Swing

How The Left Leg Works In The Golf Swing
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In this video I want to talk in detail about where the left leg should be at address, how it works during the backswing, how it works during the downswing and some common pitfalls.

At the set-up position from the down-the-line view, I’m looking for both of the knees to be bent down to the end of your shoe laces or right about where the base of your foot meets your toes. From face on, the legs are in a pretty neutral position or slightly externally rotated like you're sitting on a horse.

Now what the left leg does during the backswing has more consequences for the downswing and impact. I like to see a little bit of inward movement of the left leg and the knee – or internal rotation – in the backswing. The more I let my knee work inward, the easier it is for me to have a little bit of a pressure shift into the right foot and it's easier for me to get my pelvis turning during the backswing. Most importantly, if I go “in” on the way back, I’ll have a much easier time getting it back out – or externally rotated – on the downswing which is the ultimate.

From down-the-line If my knees are over my laces, my left leg will increase bend when I go back, and my right leg will lose some bend. As a checkpoint, if the knees start over the edges of the shoe laces, by the time you get to the top of the swing, that kneecap will be roughly over the edge of the toe.

As I'm beginning my downswing (from about the top of my backswing through the first half) my pressure is going to shift into my left foot. My left leg is going to externally rotate – the quad is going to be turning and the kneecap is going to be turning. The pressure is getting on the outside part of my ankle as my hip goes around. Once I get to left arm parallel or just before I get club head parallel to the ground, I'm straightening my leg. My legs are getting closer together and I’m extending into my follow through.

This is all just information. I don’t need you thinking about all of this when you are hitting shots. But, if you're doing one of the things that I say you shouldn't be doing or to look out for, then you do need to adjust that. You need to use these checkpoints I’m giving you and give yourself feedback enough to adjust your feels so you know what you are doing and how to fix it.

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11 thoughts on “GOLF: How The Left Leg Works In The Golf Swing

  1. Well, what i see with almost all pros is the left leg braces for a split second before the knee rotates to the left on the down swing. The brace happens near when the hands are halfway down during the downswing. The bracing contributes to speed more than anything else. Sorry, but I did not get that from your video.

  2. Great video As always Eric. Question, I let my left foot travel off the ground, which helps me a ton in all the places you state. However sometimes it comes up too far, all the way to my toes sometimes. Usually fine with longer clubs. However mid irons suffer. When heel comes down i get steep at the top. And swing thoughts/ drills to let that foot/knee travel but not too much?or what could be causing it to want to travel that far in the first place? Appreciate the time ??

  3. Another great video…….just a quick question Eric, should the right knee become straight ss a result or maintain some flex in the right knee?


    Mark (Irl)

  4. true essence of the best pedagogical combination of golf theory and practice,
    yet explained in quite plain language that is easy to grasp for every beginner. thx, eric the maestro! happy new year! 🙂

  5. Great Video! One interesting consequence of externally rotating left knee on downswing is that the left pelvis and shoulder are lower which causes the club to shallow automatically assuming you have have soft hands wrists and arms.

  6. i fought that left knee "out" all my life. it killed body rotation. it wasn't till i learned that "rolling" the ankle inward feel i could get it right. i still have to work at it. i cross my arms and place hands on my shoulders and make the move. simple…lols

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