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This is a great way to tie together a few of the more technical concepts at the bottom of the swing; this type of troubleshooting usually involves the body pivot, release mechanics, and drills related to "timing". To do this, we will use some of the more widely accepted practices for efficient motor-learning, such as "chunking" and an "external" focus, to give players a cohesive playing "feel" to take from the range to the course.
Tags: Fundamentals, Poor Contact, Not Straight Enough, Release, Drill, Intermediate
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This drill is lead foot low point.
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So this is a way to kind of tie in a few different pieces down to the bottom of the swing.
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So if you've gotten lost, either with how to feel where that merry-go-round body position
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is going to be or the timing of where your arms are going to be or if you're working
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on a specific release move, this is a good way to tie it together into more of an external
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focus for getting you ready to play on the course.
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It's very similar to the impact fix, except we're going to go a little bit past impacts.
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We're going to go to the lead foot low point.
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This is also very similar to the nine-to-low point drill.
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You often tie these together as a homework assignment.
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So as a kind of prep move, what I'm going to do is I'm going to get set up.
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And then I'm just going to kind of remind myself where I want to get to at impact.
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So I'm going to make my merry-go-round where my body has rotated inside bent and my head is
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stayed slightly behind the ball.
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But now I'm going to put the club on the ground with the club close to vertical or even
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leaning slightly ahead, but with the shaft even with my left foot.
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Now in the downswing, the order of movement of my body is my lower body goes first and
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then my core and then my shoulders and then my elbows and then finally the wrist.
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So if I was to back up from this lead foot low point, I'm just going to use my wrists to
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bring it back to impact.
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So I'm going to get in this position and then I'm just going to use my wrist to bring the club
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back to where the golf club would be at impact.
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For most people, this is going to look like your hands are way forward.
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You're usually going to say, wow, my hands would probably be more like there.
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And I need to get them all the way to there.
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So it gives the brain a good reference of where I'm trying to get my hands.
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If I want to have that shaft pretty vertical as it's passing my left foot or the lead foot low point.
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So then we can add a little rewind to this that kind of help dial in exactly how I'm going
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to get there.
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So I'm going to do that little merry-go-round, put the club there.
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And then I'm going to bring the club back to kind of a nine to three position.
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But without moving my body, because again, by this point, my body is already gotten open
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and the last thing to go is going to be my arms.
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And then my wrist to get me into that lead foot low point position.
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Now what most people will feel at that point is if I get into this position and work my way back,
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you'll usually feel like either a, my hands are much further ahead.
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I'm used to them being back here, which would be more of kind of a scoop pattern.
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Or they'll say that I'm not used to having my body like that.
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I'm used to having my body like this.
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And that would be more of kind of the force going more vertically.
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So if I get that merry-go-round, that lead foot low point, back it up.
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Now I'm in pretty good position where if all I do is extend my arms,
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I'm going to get the bottom this wing ahead of the golf ball,
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and this can help dial in some of the timings and some of the visuals on where I want to be down at impact.
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So I use this a lot for a variety of different reasons,
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whether it's an early extension move or a slide move or upper body lunge.
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I can use this to train the body and the arm relationship kind of into one more of a playing thought.
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So this can often be a really good feel for golfers
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to as a kind of a warm-up move when you're getting ready to play
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to kind of dial in what is the swing feel like or what is impact feel like on that day.
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Once I've then got that position kind of ingrained in my mind,
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at least temporarily, now I can start to take my nine to three's, my ten to two's,
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and just try and get back to that position to make more solid contact.
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So if you find that you have a hard time taking your impact position from the range to the course,
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maybe dialing in the lead foot low point is a good way for you to do that,
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or where I most commonly use this is if you have a little bit more of an early release pattern
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that you have a hard time building a reference around and your wrist
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or just always the shaft is more vertical and your wrist are always more in this position at impact,
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try that lead foot low point reference that will help dial things into one kind of clear feel of where you want to get the handle
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as you're approaching impact.
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Go to impact lead foot low point that's where the vertical come back,
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and try to get my hands all the way to there before they release.
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