Amen Corner: Old Drill Still Helps With Balance Through Swing

  • The feet together drill helps to emphasize balance along with shoulder and trunk rotation through a golf swing.

Special to the Valley News
Thursday, May 31, 2018

If honey is the remedy for every illness, then one of the oldest and most reliable drills to help cure your golf ailments is the timeless “feet together” drill.

The feet together drill involves swinging the golf club and hitting balls with your feet pinned together without losing balance. If you have lost the timing in your swing and you want to improve your balance, this drill is a great place to start.

Grab any short iron and begin by putting your feet together, with your arches touching. Create a balanced posture by cementing your feet with the ground by sticking your butt out and bending your knees slightly.

When you are ready to start swinging the club, your brain will realize the limitations this drill creates. Start with half swings by swinging the club with your arms only and keeping your arms swinging in front of your body. Swinging with your arms will help you feel the club hinge properly on the backswing and force your arms to rotate properly on the downswing.

As you add body rotation, the feet together drill will force your pivot to be more centered and improve how your knees and feet work together.

As your arms extend away from your body on the backswing, you should you feel your butt work as a counterweight to improve your balance.

On the downswing, you want to avoid your arms crashing into your body by keeping them in front of you while your body and butt get out of the way when rotating through impact. As you get more confident with this drill, keep adding swing, rotation and speed without losing balance.

The feet together drill will improve your pivot by forcing you to swing around your center and eliminate a lateral sway on the backswing or slide on the downswing. It will improve your club path by helping you avoid an out-to-in club path without losing balance.

This drill will also improve your balance, tempo and timing by better syncing your feet, legs, arms and rotation and improve your overall ball striking.

Give this drill a try and you will find it as sweet as honey.

Peter Harris is the director of Golf at the Fore-U Golf Center in West Lebanon. His column appears weekly in the Recreation page during the golf season.