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Golf Tips for Controlling the Back Leg during Swinging

Golf Tips for Controlling the Back Leg during Swinging

It is well known by professional golfers that swinging a golf club in a circle with their fixed spine as center is very important. Some amateur golfers make mistakes on sliding the back leg and hip during the swing. Such mistakes create unwanted lateral movement which result in poorly stuck golf shots. To help amateurs improve their swing skills, we prepare the following golf tips for right-handed golfers to eliminate the undesired sliding movement during swinging. Left-handed readers can change to a reverse style.

1. Practice swinging.

Do some drills with right side of your body and practice swinging against a wall, a broken shaft in the ground or a golf stand bag. By doing so, you can ingrain the feeling of turning hips during a swing. Your hip should not have lateral movement at any point in a swing. As a matter of fact, your hip should rotate to the right when you make a back swing and uncoil during a forward swing.

2. Shift your weight.

Try to maintain the weight of the inside of your right leg during the process of a back swing. You will slide in a back swing if the weight starts to reach the outside of your right leg and foot. In this case, extra movements have to be created in order to compensate for the sliding of lower body at the beginning of a back swing.

3. Correct your setup position.

Your setup position is another thing you should check out. For the address position, a well-known “spine angle” should be created by bending forward at the waist. This appropriate setup allows a slight bend in your knees during the process of bending forward and creating an athletic stance. If you stand too upright, lateral shift in hips can be caused when you make back swinging. Please take some time to practice a more athletic stance which can promote the hips’ rotation rather than shifting.

4. Feel the right hip rotation.

Try to square your right foot to the target line, which is an imaginary line that link your target with the golf ball. This creates a 90-degree angle with the right foot pointing straight. If you position your right foot more than 90 degrees, sliding movement will be generated during a back swing. You can create a less than 90-degree angle with some practice of turning the right foot, which could help restrict lower body and hip movement, allowing you to feel a correct rotation instead of a sliding movement during swinging.

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