Editor’s Note: This week’s second lesson from C.D. Gaughan focuses on proper leg action. Tour players have it, too many amateurs do not.
Do you have the proper leg action?
I’ve always felt a strong leg action is a major source of power in the golf swing. I feel your legs should anchor your backswing then lead the downswing. What I have observed is the opposite in amateur golf. Amateurs have very active leg action on the backswing;, only to have their legs shut down on the downswing. The reason their the legs are shutting down is because too many of those players are trying to maintain their balance at the highest level of speed in the golf swing.
Here is a very good mental image to for you to ponder:
Try to imagine your set-up over the ball as if you are a tripod supporting a camera. Imagine on your backswing that your legs feel very structured but not rigid, just supportive. Then as you make your swing try to think of your legs on the backswing as being inactive and then active on the downswing. The purpose of your legs working this way on your backswing is we are trying to create torque for power.
If you want a very clear picture of this just watch the players on the PGA tour.
Until next time, keep working.