No Spin Zone
By Erika Larkin on 5/2/13
I have taught many former recreational baseball and softball players and have found some common body language that carries over to golf and causes some problems particularly for iron shots off of tight lies... The dreaded spin back on the right foot (for a righty). This one move typically makes the golfer's weight stay back too long, causes a flat swing and affects the timing of the body turn through impact. Remember we are hitting at the ground not in the air so we have to maintain our golf posture and this spin move causes the spine to get too vertical leading to fat, thin, topped pushed or pulled shots. So enter the no-spin-zone!
If you finish your swing and you are still balancing yourself on the ball of your right foot, follow these tips and drill recommendations:
Erika Larkin is the Director of Instruction at Larkin Golf Learning Community, at Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia. She was named the 2012 Middle Atlantic PGA "Teacher of the Year" and the 2011 "Top Golf Pro" by Washingtonian Magazine and she's oobgolf's newest columnist! She writes on a variety of topics including instruction, so if you have a question for her or an idea for a column, email her at ErikaLarkin@pga.com. Enjoy!
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I've been working on my footwork, although my issue isn't staying back on my right foot, I tend to raise my right foot before impact and that too leads to inconsistent shots. I am learning to roll my right foot forward and then let it raise after impact. The results have been tremendous, straighter shots with more distance. Its amazing how little instruction is giving to proper footwork.
"lose" not "loose"!
Apart from that typo, this is a great article, for me at least. Having played baseball for 21 out of 22 years here in the UK I can understand why I seem to be doing at least what drill #1 is trying to address.
After 22 years of baseball / softball I have this exact issue. It's extremely difficult to break those old habits.
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