Great to have you on board bpgs .quote:Originally posted by bpgs1
Hogan also believed in external right hip rotation as a stabilizing force for balance in the segment of the swing from hands about waist height to almost impact. Visually that means a right heel that is moving toward the target - leading the right right toe, with the inward half of the right foot sole on the ground and the welt of the shoe digging into the turf.
Another part of this particular Hogan secret was the inward sudden contraction of both inner thigh muscles toward each other just before and during impact. That move is crucial for staying in balance during impact. I call it the scissors move and is really the key to creating a resisting left leg "wall" through impact.
I have always noticed how a lot of great players (e.g. Trevino, Hogan, Els) heels do not get lifted off immediately during the downstroke. The outside of the right foot gets pulled off first, with the inside firmly planted on the ground. Then the rotation of the hips and the momentum of the club pulls the left heel off the ground much later during the stroke. This is in contrast to what many younger players do today, e.g. Tiger Woods and Adam Scott, whose right heel comes off the ground immediately before and weight gets shifted onto the inside.
This has several advantages as you've mentioned. Also notice that if your tendency is to have your heel come off really early during the downstroke, your right hip will also spin out. This will make it more likely for the average player to roundhouse (hands coming over the top to prevent collision with the hips) and so causing an outside in clubhead path and a bent plane line. However, if you roll the weight to the inside of your right foot first, your right hip stays more inside so your hands can take a straight line delivery path to the ball. This is a great of example of how joint movement of one body part will have direct consequences on movements of other joints.
The misconception of pushing off with your right foot during impact to add extra power has to do with this. The reality is that the foot initiates the very beginning of the downstroke, while the knees, hips, shoulders, etc. gradually overtake the feet. This action is very slight and in itself, does not cause any part of the right foot to come off the ground. It is the overtaking action caused by the momentum of the club that carries the feet into the finish position.