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Building Foot To Ground Awareness

The feet are the only thing keeping you in contact with the ground. The simple way to feel proper foot to ground contact is to "keep the weight on the inside of your trail foot". In this video, you learn the complete answer. There are three contact points that you want through the foot, two on the inside of the foot, but one on the outside. That spiral through the foot creates the proper foot function for using your legs to create rotational power.

Playlists: Stop Moving Off The Ball (Sway)

Tags: Not Enough Distance, Sway, Backswing, Drill, Intermediate

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This drill is building awareness in the foot-to-ground contact.

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So, frequently I'll describe how you want to make sure that your weight does not roll

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to the outside of your foot, but I'm going to give you a simple little process to figure

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out where you want the pressures in that trail foot.

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Trail foot to really feel loaded at the top of the swing.

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To do this, you don't have to, but if you're trying to at home, I recommend doing this

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bare foot or at the very least in socks.

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And I'm going to roll up my pant leg so that you can see a little bit more what my

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ankle and my foot are doing.

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So, if I pretend that this is my foot, we're going to push the big toe into the ground.

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So this is going to push like that.

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We're going to push the inside heel into the ground.

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But then to make sure that the ankle is still in a good neutral position, we're going

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to push, and I'll show you how to find this, a bone called the cuboid into the ground as

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well.

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So I'm going to push these two and this one right there into the ground and that's

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going to provide this platform that we want to use when we feel loaded.

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So first I'm going to push big toe and the inside edge.

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So I'm going to push these two spots right here.

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If I turn this way, I'm pushing right under that first joint of the big toe and right

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side right under the inside edge of your heel.

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Now to find that other bone, on the outside edge, there's a, there's kind of a

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a bony point or little protuberance right here.

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I'm just going to come inside that about a fingers width.

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So right about there.

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So what I'm actually going to do is I'm going to push that inside, then I'm going to

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push that outside.

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So there's the inside and then to push this bone into the ground as well.

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I feel that I have to almost form a little bit of an arch and kind of twist my foot into

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the ground.

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Now with that feeling, I'm going to make some backswing moves, trying to feel that same

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concept.

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If you're not really foot aware or if you've been rolling for most of your golf and

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career, this is going to feel very restricted.

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You may feel tension in your knee.

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You may feel tension in your hip.

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But there's that good solid position.

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That gives me this platform that I then want to push off of.

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If I start to roll and I lose that inside edge of the, of the big toe, I'm not going

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to be able to really drive with that lower body.

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Instead, what all have to do is more of an upper body kind of fall movement to really pull

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on the club.

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So if you want to use your legs, if you want to use your lower body, get that good triangle

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of support underneath the foot, maintain it as you make your backswing and then use it to

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push off as you go into transition.

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So now you can take that triangle feeling and apply it with your golf shoe because it's

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going to feel a little bit different.

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Now that I'm basically wearing something that doesn't give me quite as much sensitivity

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as when I was barefoot.

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So I'm pushing in with that big toe inside edge and then I push with that lateral that

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gets that foot pretty much.

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Walked and then I can use that platform, use that brace to then have something to push off

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with as I do either 9 to 3.

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I would always start with 9 to 3, but as I do 9 to 3 swings or if I do my full swings,

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this is a great way to feel the proper pressure through the foot.

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I recommend training that anytime you're working on sway or anytime you're working

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on your backswing, pivot drills.

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