If you can find me another motion better than a baseball swing or javelin throw as an example of leveraging against the ground to swing or throw something, then I’d love to see it.
First, a look at the swing that golf analysts are always referencing – the baseball swing.
Specifically, a home run swing, as that’s when the player is trying to elevate the ball to get it out of the playing field – should be lots of “using the ground” there, right?
Giancarlo Stantion’s Home Run Swing
Questions To Answer:
- To which foot is Giancarlo transferring his weight as he begins to swing?
- Where is that foot in relation to the ground at the moment of impact?
- Which foot leaves the ground, and what is the other foot doing?
Of course, the answers are, “To the leading foot,” “Firmly planted on the ground,” and “The trailing foot, while the leading foot remains planted as it’s bearing the G.S.’s weight!”
If you ever tried to teach a baseball swing where the hips and legs stay in place while the lower back twists to turn the shoulders to wind up, you’d be thrown out of baseball.
If you tried to teach a baseball swing that had the leading foot flying up at impact to get “vertical lift,” the same result.
Now, let’s take a look at a javelin throw performed correctly, and I would ask you kindly to keep an eye on the thrower’s feet during the action:
Now, who can tell me why a javelin throw who is using all of his strength and energy to elevate the javelin as he throws it, has both feet on the ground at the moment of release (diagram 3 below), and why it is the trailing foot that releases and leaves the ground while the leading foot never leaves terra firma?
That’s a rhetorical question, of course, because we know that you cannot “use the ground” for leverage if you’re not connected to it, and that in any throwing or swinging motion, you release the trailing foot as the force and momentum of the swing or throw take in the same direction.
For that reason, a properly leveraged golf swing uses weight transfer in the lower body to power the swing, and if any foot leaves the ground, it is the trailing foot due to the momentum of the swing and transfer of weight to the leading foot.
Pretty simple, and pretty basic, and the whole “using the ground” and “vertical lift” people on TV really should take a basic course in athletic motion or something, so they can stop trying to make a swing flaw and compensation into a power or speed move.
That’s about it.
Back Pain or Back Injury Swinging a Golf Club?
Lacking Power, Speed, Distance and or Consistency?
Need A Swing That Is More Easily Maintained?
If You Answered “Yes” To Any Of The Above Questions, The Answer Is In The Formula For The Golf Swing: