Left Foot on Backswing
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Depends on the golfer, some do and some don't. I think majority of golfers don't lift the front heel off the ground.
To me the issue is that most amateurs will lift the heel because they made an improper turn.
Jack on the left at address. I drew a line to reference how centered he turns. On the right is the top of his swing, before he starts his transition by planting that heel back down. Notice how his left hip doesn't shift to the right. Notice how steady his head stays.
You can lift that heel as long as it isn't because you are moving to much laterally to the back leg, and as long as your head does not move too much.
Keep a steady head and keep a centered turn (pivot) and the front heel doesn't matter as much. Though it makes it easier to keep a centered turn with the front heel on the ground, in my opinion.
I just recently picked up golf. I am a competitive runner, but I've always wanted to learn the sport. Anyway, I've tried both ways with my lead foot (left) on the backswing. I pick up my heel sometimes, and at other times, I try to leave it planted. What are your thoughts on this? I feel that my heel comes up when I'm trying to swing too hard.
Welcome to the site. You've gotten some good advice so far. As long as you're basically doing this (video) what the left heel is doing isn't that important.