The Right Instep Holds the Key

Very seldom is there one move that improves several areas of the
golf swing at one time.
Very seldom is there one move that improves several areas of the golf swing at one time.

Several years ago I was told by a PGA Professional that the key to keeping my shots more consistently straight and solid lied in my ability to keep the entire right instep of my foot in contact with the ground through impact with the ball.

Your asking yourself, “What does that mean?”

On the downswing, you want to drive the inside of your right knee towards the inside of your left knee. If done properly, you will feel stress on the inside of the right knee. While doing this, the heel should not come off the ground but instead, the entire instep needs to remain in contact with the ground. This doesn’t allow you to spin your hips out of place and thus allows your swing path to take a more direct line to the ball.

As soon as your heel lifts, which in most players swing is too early, the right hip gets out of position and your entire upper body opens to the target resulting in a pull or weak slice. When your instep remains in contact with the ground, the hips stay in line with the target and therefore your shoulders follow suit. This results in a straight line path to the inside of the ball. Try this the next time you hit balls. If done correctly, I guarantee you will hit the ball as solid as you ever imagined.

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