Ground Up vs. Top Down

Finding consistency below your feet

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Speaking of shaft lean, all your clubs are designed to have the shaft leaning forward at impact. The Tour Striker (another favorite training aid of mine) is an awesome product to help you develop a swing that has forward shaft lean at impact. A by-product of forward shaft lean is often a divot after impact with the ball, which again, is to be desired if you want to start hitting more crisp iron shots. In case you're wondering, when I say "all clubs," I also mean your woods and your driver. Even with the longer clubs in your bag, you should still have some shaft lean at impact. The longer the club, the less the lean.


Finally, the feet move quite a bit during the golf swing, and it's important that you minimize any movement that isn't necessary. To do that, consider placing your weight more in your heel and the balls of your feet. Keep your weight off your toes as you swing, since that's the weakest and least stable part of your golf shoe. As you swing back, let your weight move toward your right heel, and as you swing down and through, the weight moves not to your left toe, but to the ball of your left foot.

Bobby Hinds, PGA, teaches at Woodley Lakes in Van Nuys, California. For more information, visit For more information on TPC of Valencia, visit


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