Correct Foot Placement in the Golf Stance to Improve Accuracy

Correct Foot Placement in the Golf Stance to Improve Accuracy

One of the most common misconceptions in the golf swing is derived from the term "square stance." A lot of people interpret square stance as having both your feet at right angles to the line of your target. This causes a problem because physiologically when you feet a square it is very difficult to turn your hips.

Correct Golf Stance to Fix Hip Turn Problems

Your hips will tend to slide rather than turn. Of course when your hips are sliding that is what everyone sees as your fault, and then you try not to slide your hips while the real source of your problem is in your feet.

  • On the backswing we want our hips to turn back about 45 degrees, so try turning your back foot out about 15 degrees and you will find that you can comfortably you’re your hips about 45 degrees before you feel some tension and resistance taken up in the rear of your leg.
  • Then on the through swing turn your front foot out about 30 degrees and you will find that your hips will be able to turn all the way through until your belt buckle is facing the target and you are balanced on the tip of your trailing side toe.
  • If you try to swing with your feet square your hips will slide on the backswing and on your way through you will get your hips about halfway through and then they will lock and you will probably fall back on the back foot and all your friends will be telling you to get through on to your front foot, but your body just wont allow you to do it.

So let’s try that, left foot/target side opened up about 30 degrees, right foot/trail side opened up about 15 degrees. I am going to make a nice turn on the backswing and then all the way through to a balanced finish. My left foot is facing the target and I am up on the tip of my right toe. Feet placement is very important in the golf swing.

Category: Address/Set-Up
Sub-Category: Backswing, Follow-Through
About the Instructor
Steven  Bann
Steven  Bann
385 Centre Dandenong Road
Heatherton
Victoria Australia 3202
Tel: 61 3 9558 3688

Steven Bann is director of the Pure Golf Academy in Australia and instructor to PGA Tour Pros Stuart Appleby, Robert Allenby, and K.J. Choi.


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