How to lift the lead heel for distance

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There is a lot of talk in the golfing world at the minute about lifting the lead heel to create more length in the swing and therefore more club head speed. There are so many benefits to doing this. One of which is the fact that it will help transition in the down swing. Getting the feeling of slamming the left heel back down as the initiator of the downswing is greatly beneficial for a lot of club golfers.

There is also the benefit of taking stress out of the lower back. When you free up the hips to rotate fully there is no ‘resisting’ at the top of the swing and therefore you ease the strain on the lower back for longevity.
It is clear however that a lot of players don’t quite understand how the left heel should lift in the backswing. They initiate their swing by picking the heel straight from the ground whilst lifting the lead shoulder, the shoulder plane then flattens as the body stands up.

More often then not a player reacts in the downswing in an attempt to get back into posture, returning the club ‘over the top’. It all looks very much like an attack or a lunge into the ball.

When you swivel correctly around your pivot and start to extend the spine the heel will naturally want to lift. A golfer will stay in their tilted positions and can start to gain speed with consistency.

In slow motion, get into your posture and start to turn. Feel the lead knee and lead shoulder going down and across. As you continue further into the rotation it will feel more comfortable for you to lift the lead heel as you start to ‘extend’ the spine.

Work on this slowly in a mirror to start with.

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Carlo 

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Carlo Ciullo

Carlo Ciullo

The Coach, PGA Professional & Head Coach at Hull Golf Club

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