GOLF: What The Pressure In Your Feet Is Telling You About Your Downswing

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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.

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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.

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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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Dave Patterson says:

Another great video Eric. My last instructor kept stressing I need to bend down more in the address position. I really fight early extension so this video has me thinking this is probably not a great idea. Unless you think otherwise, I am going to experiment standing a little taller and getting my hips more neutral. For some reason, my hips want to tilt up rather than down so I’m thinking I really need to work on the equal and opposite theory. I’m looking forward to your rotation master class.

Fairway to Heaven says:

Quick question: I’m a player that sets up with weight on my toes and on my right foot it stays there throughout the whole swing. I get really deep with my right arm and I rotate a lot. Any advice please I really need it

maeu59 says:

A little too much to think about.

sabr686 says:

I must say, I always scroll down and look for your videos first. Always worth the time. And great focus!

Dan Rath says:

Never goes to toes?

Ben Howard says:

Once again, you explain important things so clearly. You are an incredible teacher. You have no idea how big of a difference this is making in my game.

Orlando R. Piedra says:

Wonderful explanation.

Dollar Bill Clinton says:

Nice outfit. ! 🙂

Vivito IsRight says:

Wow man! This is such an important piece in the golf swing that explains where a lot of our faults come from. I will work on this! Thanks

Gary Higgins says:

Great in depth explanation of how and why we do certain things a certain way in the golf swing. The better our understanding, the better potential for successful results. Good job Eric!

Kenneth O’Shea II says:

Incredible information in this video. Thanks for another great video ??

Joseph Veltri says:

another great video. Getting your balance points on your feet right affects the entire swing. I never realized how important it was. I do the early extension thing so i need to try to get the weight on my front heal like you said. .

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