The golf swing has so many moving components, that it is a challenge to determine which areas are dominant during our golf swing. I can say for sure that I do not use my lets as much as I should when hitting driver and that might be a challenge I can fix in my DIY golf net. This is not an ‘ah-ha’ moment, just one of the many aspects of my golf swing that I know needs attention. I am writing about my shortfall because I came across a video by Michelle Wie on this very topic and I thought that it was worth sharing.
I generally do not engage my legs during my swing. I thought that I did, but after reviewing some video, I understand that I am a twister and do not generate much coil or torque between my upper and slower body. Hence, my weight shift is not as profound as I need to garner that extra distance I desire. Here, take a look:
I remember Brian Penn mentioning that my lower body was very quiet when I first posted this video and unfortunately did not pursue his advice as much as I should have; however, I am on the mark now and think it is something I can work on moving forward.
Here is what Michelle Wie has to say. Of particular note, watch her shoulder turn and her weight position at the point of contact.
I was particularly intrigued by her mention to focus on the coil or torque between the upper and lower body. The shoulder turn is important, but not at the cost of keeping my lower body engaged throughout my golf swing. Interestingly, I think I have an idea on how to feel my lower body during my golf swing.
As an amateur athlete who participated in many different sports in my younger years, I always focused on my foot work. As I transitioned to being a coach, I always felt that the foundation of success for any athlete was from the ground up. It is where we generate the ability to quickly move, jump higher or generate power to perform various movements. Well, I am not sure why I thought that golf would be any different. Having said all this, it is back to the drawing board for me with a focus on my foot work and dexterity of movement. As I develop my training sessions, I will let you know how things work out.
Public Service Announcement: A point of caution for me and other aging athletes, please be careful. Anytime we start or enhance a training program we have to cognizant of injury and not over doing any particular exercise. The golf swing requires a great deal movement and therefore we must take care not exceed our abilities without first ensuring it is something we are capable of doing. If you are unsure exactly where you stand physically, consult your local medical professional for expert advice.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!