Feet Placement

Talk to any top class player of a moving ball game and they will tell you that footwork is critical to good performance. In golf the ball is stationary but we take such a smack at it that footwork is just as important as in any other game. Jack Nicklaus said ‘golf is played from the feet up’.

Ben Hogan gave a friend of mine a twenty minute lesson about the importance of correctly placing the right foot yet every golf book or article I have ever read relates ball position to the left foot. If the right foot is not perfectly placed for the shot some adjustment has to be made during the swing to compensate. If the foot is too far away you have to lunge to reach it, most amateurs stand too close to the ball and then have to pull away as they swing to give themselves room to hit.

The top players usually approach the ball with the clubface and the right foot. They aim the clubface and then put the right foot in place before squaring up the left foot and the body. Your feet should be far enough apart to allow you to freely move from foot to foot as you swing while keeping your weight ‘inside your feet’. Your weight should tend toward the balls of the feet as you begin your swing so that you are ‘swinging in balance’.

Your feet are the foundation of your swing. Faults in the foundation quickly show up as cracks in the swing.