Originally Posted by mmoan2
Originally Posted by JetFan1983
I've read some things recently that have made me rethink this tip. I wouldn't do it. Sorry about that.
JetFan - I saw this comment and was thinking about it. I'm really not qualified to make many swing suggestions, but I plan on posting my own soon and want to try to help others so I don;t feel like I'm freeloading. I've been told by a pro that turning the right foot (for a righty) out like 5-10 degrees is a good idea because it doesn't restrict your hip turn and cause tension and lack of stability as you load on to the right side during the backswing. However, flaring out "too much" - like 25 degrees - will cause too much hip rotation, promoting a loss of torque in the upper body, and a concomitant loss in power. I bought this book a while back called "Swing Like a Pro" where a biomechanics guy and a pro instructor created a composite of 100 to PGA and LPGA pros. In the "setup" chapter of their book, they actually suggest a right foot completely parallel to the clubface - zero turn at all - to stop the loss of torque (I believe it was their reason. I'll need to look it up now :( )
Anyway, I think I've seen others here mentioning how beneficial it is to have the right foot flared out considerably. Am I wrong here??? BTW - I'm originally from NY and it must be hard to be a Jet Fan right now. That thing with Rex Ryan and his tattoo of Mark Sanchez's jersey on his back made my skin crawl. That team is in shambles right now. I thought they were ready to take on my Giants in a Super Bowl soon. Looks like we're both waiting now!
Sorry, I was only referring to rolling his left foot onto its outstep to help promote the lateral hip shift on the downswing. Everything else I still stand by. A player rolling his front foot onto his outstep is a commonality among some good players (Fowler and Stricker come to mind off the top of my head), but I've recently been exposed to a new idea that says this can be detrimental to one's swing, especially if done incorrectly. The pressures in the front foot on the downswing need to be in the ball area or even toes, and rolling said foot onto its outstep runs the risk of the golfer having too much weight onto his heels through the strike.
As for foot flare out, I think its great, and as you mentioned, does allow the hips to turn more comfortably. It gives you a little bit more balance too. I think most importantly it turns the knees a bit more outward, which really helps promote the proper lower body downswing sequencing.
Flaring them out to 25 degrees is okay, especially if the foot it really coming up early. Remember, I suggested that change to help fix the way his right leg kind of kicks towards the golf ball on the downswing -- which is a common problem if you look at other swing threads here.
Granted, I myself have overdone feet flare out... but that was when I had the back foot turned out some 45 degrees
So yea, I wasn't quite clear enough on what I decided to "remove" from my original advice on the thread. And, I think its great when unqualified people make suggestions... I'm arguably one of them to be honest. I think fleshing out some ideas on another person's swing thread can help both parties to some degree. And, if we say something grossly incorrect, sometimes someone pops in to set it straight, in which case we really do learn something new.
Per the Jets, yea, I don't want to talk about it hehe. To be fair, I knew they would be terrible this year, so it wasn't that disappointing of a year -- and being that I spent a lot of the summer telling my friends who are also Jets fans to prepare themselves for a season long clown show, there is some solace that I could see it coming -- granted, I might have been wrong if Revis never got hurt. They might have been able to eek out a 9-7 season with him healthy.
But yea... the season's over now, so... I'm just going to pretend the Jets are going to grow a brain this summer and that I will actually be able to enjoy Sundays eventually.