What The Pressure In Your Feet
Is Telling You About Your Downswing
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in a stock golf swing, at set up, I’m looking for the weight in the feet to be just forward of center of the arches. So we would say on the balls of your feet or where your toes kind of meet the base of your foot. As I make a backswing, I like the pressure to work in towards the middle of the right foot, maybe even in towards the right heel from there and it’s probably a little bit more forward on the left foot, maybe a little toward the left toes. From there it’s going to go from the middle of the right foot or heel into the middle of the left foot and then right towards the heel.
What I want you to understand is that if your pressure goes too far on your toes or too far on your heels at any point in the swing, it’s going to have an effect. As my weight goes towards my toes, my body will counteract that by going up and back. And as my weight goes towards my heels, my body will counter that with going forward.
So, if I take my normal set up, and I have my weight too far towards my toes or towards my heels, I’m going to get a counter movement at some point later on. If I start with my weight too far towards my toes at address, then during the backswing or downswing I’m going to move more towards my heels. The opposite is also true. If I started back towards my heels, that’s going to make me go towards my toes later on.
For those of you who are looking for more rotation, who are looking to fix early extension, and who want the butt back and chest down, you would be better off getting more weight or pressure in your heels. If you early extend, there is a good chance your weight is too far on your toes and you need to feel more towards your heels. If you want to rotate more, you should be more towards your heels, if you want to get more bent over, also more towards your heels. For any of those movements weight more back into your heels – specifically back into your left heel – will allow more bend and more rotation.
Whether the pressure in your feet is towards the toes or towards your heels affects the body orientations and affects how you’re going to rotate. More weight on your toes during the downswing means a less rotation. More weight on your heels during the downswing means more rotation. More weight on the heels, more bent over. More weight on the toes, you will be more tall. Your pelvis tilted back during the downswing is good. Pelvis tilted forward during the downswing is bad. Equal and opposite all the time.
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