I did a lesson by phone the other day with one of my regular students. His question was about why he was having difficulty making a weight shift to his forward foot. He was often getting caught in the middle or even ending up with a reverse weight shift.
There are a number of things that could be causing this so we started down the list: Poor alignment...Over-turning...Over-swinging...Playing the ball too far back. None of these things resonated with my student as to the cause. So on we went! I asked him to check the width of his stance, and lo and behold, he perked up right away.
It turns out that he had let his feet spread way outside of his shoulders so rather than have the ankles, knees, and hips in alignment under his shoulders like the walls of a solid building, his ankles and knees ended up being far outside of this shoulders creating what I refer to as the Eiffel Tower Effect. In conventional rotational theory, this wide stance is held up as the correct way to set up. As with much of that type of thinking I believe that is dead wrong. Why? Because by taking a wide stance you are placing your forward and back legs in opposition to each other. This often causes a reverse weight shift that allows a lot of lateral movement, and as we have discussed before, that is never a good thing.
In addition to causing all sorts of swing problems, wide stance often leads to significant lower back and hip pain, according to Dr. Ned Armstrong, my long-time mentor on all things having to do with the human body.
The narrow stance that I espouse makes it easier to make your weight shift a.k.a. The Bump. So to achieve a dynamically balanced swing, your swing mantra is "Load...Shift...Swing Up to a T-finish".
Keep it vertical!
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