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Golfers, Like QBs, Need to Follow the Front Foot

Peter Harris

Peter Harris

Every athletic movement where the goal is to propel something forward with accuracy such as throwing a ball, javelin or a punch has your body moving toward the intended target. Not transfering your weight and finishing over your lead foot in a golf swing will lead to interceptions.

Most quarterbacks who are moving away from their target and throw the ball off their back foot are likely to turn the ball over to the other team. Trying to throw a ball with accuracy while moving backwards is tough and darn near impossible.

Golfers who “hang back” on the trail side and have difficulty moving their body’s center over the ball, transfering weight and finishing over their lead ankle are typically trying to lift the ball in the air. This player will experience both fat and thins shots and rarely a solid strike.

A slight lateral shift, weight transfer and rotation over you lead side allows the golf club to descend to impact from an inside path, hit the ball first and enter the turf before exiting to the follow through.

A lot of baseball players turned golfers have difficulty getting off their trail side during a golf swing. Hanging back and swinging up with a baseball bat is a home run and a lot of strikeouts, while shifting forward and swinging down is a solid golf shot.

Here’s a drill to train the motion for finishing on the lead foot. Stand with both feet together, rotate and lift the golf club to the top of the backswing, take a step forward and then swing the club to finish. A few keys to this drill are to step first and swing on the downswing and step the length of your stance width. When you complete this motion, you will learn the sequence of shifting forward and finishing over your lead foot. After a few reps without a ball, hit some balls off a tee with a 9 iron at medium speed. Once you’re comfortable, move to the turf with your new motion and see the results.

So, when we’re playing golf, make sure we’re finishing in balance, fully rotated and with our weight over our lead foot. Let’s throw touchdowns and not interceptions.

Peter Harris is director of golf at the Fore-U Golf Center in West Lebanon. His column will appear regularly on the VALLEY NEWS recreation page during the playing season.