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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sean Foley Drops the Ball... Literally!

I found this Sean Foley video over at Golf Digest and I just had to pass it on. (It's brand new for the April 2014 issue.) This is a drill that I've mentioned several times on the blog -- typically using a basketball -- but this video really gives you a good sense of how it works.

Please note that Sean is stopping at various points to emphasize the moves. When you actually do this drill, you want to do it in one smooth motion. Do it slowly at first, then speed up as you get used to the feel of it. You can practice this drill in the backyard without a golf ball as well as using it for hitting shots on the range. (Obviously you'll need a basketball or something similar whether you're hitting a golf ball or not!)

Let me take a moment to explain why I am so big on this drill and periodically repeat it.
  • The slight squatting motion ensures that you start shifting your weight onto your lead foot as you start down.
  • As a result, you start using your feet properly early in your downswing.
  • The forward movement of your lead knee helps your lead hip start moving out of the way, promoting a better turn.
  • The squat gets your body moving slightly downward. Many of you straighten your knees and stand up as you begin your downswing. This move helps you stop "lifting your head" by focusing your mind on your knees -- that's where the real problem is.
  • Since you're moving downward, you've started the downswing in a way that promotes hitting down on the ball. That's a necessary fundamental for proper contact.
  • For those of you who want to "use the ground" and move upward as you hit the ball (when it's on a tee, that is), this move gets you into a position where you can do that.
  • It helps prevent the reverse pivot some of you are struggling with.
That's why I keep recommending this drill. Give it a try, okay?

Click the link at the beginning of the post if the video isn't embedded like it's supposed to be.