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A Flexed Trail Leg

Maintain the Flex in Your Trail Leg.

One major reason for energy loss in the golf swing is the straightening of the trail leg (right leg for a right handed player) in the backswing. This may cause the right hip to climb up resulting in a reverse pivot position at the top of the backswing.

It’s important to maintain the flex in the right leg during the backswing as this helps to create resistance between the lower half and upper half of the body (pic. 2).

From this position at the top of the backswing it is easier to push off the right leg into the downswing. This initiates the movement from right leg to left leg, which is essential, at the start of the downswing.

If this is an issue in your golf swing I find the following exercise helps.

Make some smooth swings with your right heel off the ground during the backswing (pic 3).

If you struggle to maintain this position, place a golf ball or something similar under your right heel to help with this.

From there swing the club down, making sure to allow your body to follow the club into a complete and balanced follow through. (pic. 4)

Repeat this exercise a number of times before hitting a golf ball.

I hope this article helped. If you have any specific questions regarding this article, you can email me on

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