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Set up with strong legs

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Here’s an easy drill that will get you going.

Strong legs in the swing will do a few things for you. For one, it’s going to help you maintain and create a bit more stability in your backswing. By maintaining flexibility in your right knee, it stops you from losing power and over-rotating. Therefore, you’re storing energy and power in the backswing but also using your legs to create clubhead speed down into impact to create more power.

If your legs are swaying about, chances are you’re creating more room for inconsistent strikes. Power comes from the ground up so having good strong legs allows you to store power and remain stable at the same
time. There’s so much more that can go wrong if your legs are swaying.

Having the ball under your right heel adds to the knee flex and exaggerates it a little bit. It stops you from straightening your right leg on the backswing. This drill also helps you get the feeling of what it should feel like on the backswing.

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And… 4 things to do when you see your coach

1. Be ready

Prior to a lesson, you want to be ready to hit balls straight off. Your body needs to be warm, and you need to be mentally prepared to take in what he or she is going to say. You’re going to get a lot of new information, so you need to be prepared.

2. Work at it

You need to be ready and willing to work on what they’re going to tell you. It might not be a quick fix, so have a bit of patience.

3. Accept change

Be prepared to change a movement that you might have been used to over a period of time. At the end of the day, your coach only wants the best for you. He’s trying to make you a better golfer. By doing that, he’s going to enhance his reputation, as well as your golf. He wants to make you the best possible player you can become. Professional advice is going to be right for you.

4. Be patient

It might not happen straight away. But if you work on it, commit to it and keep at it, you will improve as a golfer.

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Andy Carlton is the Head PGA Professional at Paisley Golf Club. For lessons, call Andy on 0141 884 4114. Follow him on Twitter @PaisleyPro.

Originally published on bunkered on September 8, 2015.

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