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Thursday, June 09, 2005

The Set Up - Proper Distance Between Your Feet

Everyone wants to knock the cover off the ball. A common mistake I see alot of golfers make is to set their feet too wide apart in the mistaken impression that a wider stance will yield more power. A wider stance might feel more powerful but in actuality a wider stance will inhibit the weight shift and the proper movement of the lower body.

The correct distance between your feet is just wide enough to give you a solid foundation and narrow enough to allow your lower body to move. This distance is typically shoulder distance apart. At shoulder width apart you give your hips the ability to turn freely and allow for a smooth transfer of weight between your feet.

The proper distance between your feet will also allow you to swing as hard as you want without losing control provided you can maintain your balance. If you can't maintain balance with your feet spread properly, it's a sign that you're swinging too hard. Rather than spreading your feet to accommodate a fast motion, throttle down with the upper body. You won't lose power by keeping your stance narrow because what you sacrifice in arm power will be made up for by an active lower body.

Practice using different distances between your feet with different clubs. The shoulder width rule is not really accurate it's just a guide. Your feet should actually be a little closer together on short iron shots, just inside shoulder width, and a little further apart when hitting your driver, just outside shoulder width.

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