Golf Tips - Golf for Beginners Lesson 3: Connecting Foot Action to Leg/Knee Action

By Tom Ward

"5 Basic Body Actions"

  1. Foot Action
  2. Leg & Knee Action
  3. Hip & Shoulder Action
  4. Arm Action
  5. Hand & Wrist Action

In Lesson #1 I demonstrated the "5 Basic Body Actions" necessary to achieve maximum results in attaining your golfing goals of playing well in a relatively short period of time and which require minimum amounts of maintenance. In Lesson #2 I expanded on the first basic action, 'Foot Action'. This lesson concentrates on connecting the learned foot action to Leg and Knee action.

After you've established your setup as mentioned in the previous lesson, we now connect the leg/knees to act together to support the foot action.

At your address position, your legs are firmly planted and knees are slightly flexed. The beauty of this stage of your swing is that it's what I call a "bonus move" - because as you roll your left foot to start back against a braced right leg, your left leg will naturally have to go with the foot action you have already created, thus giving you a "2 for 1" move.

The movement, when done properly, will show your legs spelling the letter K in the alphabet on your takeaway. Foot action and Leg & Knee action are in sync - almost like your staging a little dance with excellent balance. Remember... the knees must remained flexed throughout the swing!

The movement for the Foot Action/Leg & Knee action is minimal as you will see with some practice; however, it's essential that you understand its overall importance in maintaining a great foundation and sequence that, once learned, will never let you down.

One note I would like to mention here is that you never want your weight to get to the outside of your right leg, or let your right leg straighten up or buckle. Your right leg is the fulcrum, or key, to storing up power in your swing. *

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