Back foot position is a frequently overlooked part of the golf setup, but this important fundamental can have a surprisingly huge impact on your swing and performance. Here is how to do it right and how it can benefit your golf game:
Your back foot should be perpendicular to your target line and not flared out like your front foot. If your back foot is not squared with the target line, it can create a number of problems:
A back foot that is flared open will promote over rotation of the hips and excessive weight shift. When your weight is over-shifted on your back swing, (outside the back foot), it becomes much more difficult to recover and swing your golf club back to the ball without hitting the shot fat or thin.
Instead, set up with your back foot square to the target-line, and keep your weight on the inside of the back leg as you turn and rotate on the back-swing. This will prevent the hips from over turning and will lead to a more consistent and controlled swing.
When your back foot is not perpendicular to the target line, your back leg will have less bracing strength. This will cause you to over-swing, and your leading arm to bend, resulting in a shorter swing arc with less club-head speed and less power.
If, you set up with your back foot square to the target-line, it will give the back leg more bracing strength to deliver power into your golf swing.
Setting your back foot perpendicular to your target line will:
- Strengthen back leg bracing and increase stored up power in the backswing.
- Discourage over rotation of the hips and excess weight shifting.
- Lengthen your swing arc and increase club head speed.
- Generate a more repeatable back swing that will help increase shot consistency.
- Become part of your reliable routine to ensure you and your club are in proper alignment with the target line.