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Weekend Tip: Focus on footwork, the Haney way

November 13, 2011

In the December issue of Golf Digest, hitting newsstands across America this week (Webb Simpson on the cover) and available for download on your iPad, Golf Digest Teaching Professional Hank Haney has a great tip that can help just about any golfer to play better immediately. Here's what Hank says:

How your feet move dictates your contact

Understanding good footwork will help you control where your swing bottoms out--the key to making good contact.

It's hard to feel exactly what your feet are doing at impact, because it happens in a fraction of a second. But you can work to get into a good position at the finish, with your rear foot completely up on its toes and the bottom of your shoe facing away from the target (below).


Concentrate on getting into this position, and you'll make a full turn through the ball with your hips so all of your weight is on your front foot. Think of it this way: The tip of the rear foot should serve only as a balancing point. If you can do this--and it's hard to fake good footwork--you'll move the bottom of your swing arc forward and to a more consistent spot.

Once you start compressing the ball better at impact, you'll hit longer, more accurate shots and do it more consistently.

Great advice from a great teacher.

*Roger Schiffman

Managing Editor

Golf Digest

Twitter @RogerSchiffman

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