By Shelby Smith
‘Sweet Feet’ For Balance and Power
Your mind and body is your best golf equipment. Supporting your swing from the ground up are your feet, with the 52 bones in the feet accounting for 25% of the total bones in the body. The average person takes 3,000 – 4,000 steps daily, and walks over 100,000 miles in their lifetime. I encourage golfers to truly appreciate their feet . . . Your feet provide balance, stability, and help the golf swing motion. The feet energize your legs and body, allowing for powerful balanced weight transfer and coordinated body rotation, with effective spine angle and back support.
Roger Fredericks, physical training golf guru and flexibility coach for seven Golf Hall of Famers, 60 tour players and hundreds of other athletes, has developed superior health and fitness routines that help seniors and all golfers improve their golf enjoyment. Roger emphasizes the necessity of anatomical flexibility, footwork, balance and stability in the golf swing.
Arnold Palmer endorses Roger’s new book, “Secrets of Golf Instruction & Flexibility” and the highly acclaimed three-DVD exercise program, “Roger Fredericks Reveals Secrets of Golf Swing Flexibility.” . . Jack Nicklaus said “I just wish I had started your program 20 years ago” and that he was “pleased to see you’re bringing the principles of anatomical function into the golf world.”
Podiatrists and foot specialists recognize the importance of our feet in all athletics:
• Each foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and tendons. The 52 feet bones account for 25% of total bones in your body.
At our DynaSwingFIT Golf School, we provide solid fundamentals for your feet to best support your golf swing with an athletic stance and posture:
• Body comfortably centered / balanced over your feet. Relaxed, no tension. Spine is tilted.
• Body is parallel to target line – feet, knees, hips, shoulders, eyes all parallel.
• Feet shoulder width for irons (10-12 inches between inside heels). Driver and metal woods two to three inches wider.
• Bend at hips, not waist. Buttocks out past heels. Back comfortably straight. Posture is tall. Athletic!
• Feet are slightly flared out. Feet feel flat and heavy. Weight 65% on balls of feet, 35% on heels.
It’s very similar to a baseball batter’s stance . . . with arms hanging from shoulders.
Shoes and foot comfort matters. The American Podiatric Medical Assoc. emphasizes the importance of choosing good footwear, shoes and insoles to help foot health and activities: “Choose proper footgear. Buying shoes is the only real expenditure necessary for walking, so don’t cut corners on your shoe budget; treat your feet well! Look for a shoe that is stable from side to side; well-cushioned; enables you to walk. smoothly and comfortably; giving you enough room to wiggle your toes and be comfortable in the heel.”
Golfers do walk over two miles even with a power cart, four to five miles walking an 18-hole regulation golf course.
DynaSwingFIT Golf School believes the feet and their comfort are a powerful asset in the golf swing. Podiatrists agree that supportive shoes and insoles can enhance golfing performance and walking. Physical therapist and golf fitness trainer Monica Clyde, in her 2006 book “The Golfers Guide to Pilates,” writes “you can ease the wear and tear on your feet, ankles, legs, hips and back with a good insole . . . which can decrease stress to your body and back up to 40%.” So be good to your feet . . . treat em right. They really benefit your golfing.
Golf teaching professional Shelby Smith is owner of DynaSwingFIT Golf School in Myrtle Beach, at Whispering Pines Driving Range, and at clinic sites periodically: YMCAs, rec centers, retirement communities, health clubs, golf expos, and Elderhostel/ Exploritas travel groups. His experience includes ten years in Atlanta and 15 years in Myrtle Beach, utilizing V-1 Video and Zelocity Launch Monitor analysis. For more information, visit the website: www.dynaswingfit.com or call 843-602-3118.