Golf Tips: Legs

By Timothy Bodamer
A golfer's legs play an integral part in generating power and balance the golf shot.
A golfer's legs play an integral part in generating power and balance the golf shot.

When watching or playing golf, the swing and upper body always take center stage for a successful golf shot. But the whole body working in concert to strike the ball is the best way to get the job done on the links. This includes using your legs. The legs help with body shift and balance. They also provided power to hit those power drives and long iron shots.


Golfers have three purposes for their golf swings. Legs provide balance, speed and support. If you don't utilize your legs, you might lose your balance, and you're body will be out of sync. Your legs will allow you to push off to form a powerful shot.

Support, speed and balance are incorporated with rotary and lateral movement. Turning your hips and body overall is important to create a rotary swing path. Understanding the function of the legs is important. When you swing a club, fell the weight move from your back leg during your backswing to your front leg when you follow through the ball. Shifting the weight of the legs is important for power.

Step-Through Drill

The step-through drill works the golfer's legs, a key power source in your golf shot. You can do this drill by first placing your feet together. With feet together and body lined up in a golf stance, you can practice your backswing.

After your club is at top of your swing, you'll step with your lead leg and twist the hips while your arms and club follow through the swing path. By spreading your legs during the swing, you're placing the power into the lower body.

Complementary Movement

Rotary and lateral movement work in unison for a good swing. Leg and hip movement are rotary during a backswing. Lateral or side-to-side movement occurs during the downswing. You need to come together to make the swing work.

To master the movement in the swing, a drill may help this. You can hold a club vertically with your left hand and the shaft touching the ground. Throw a golf ball with feet planted and the golf club on the ground. If you make the throw without moving your legs, you'll lose your balance.

Or, take a tennis ball and toss it sidearm to a spot on a wall or near a specific target. When you throw it, notice how your body is striving forward for balance.

Repeat, but you will throw the ball harder the second time. Your legs will contribute to added speed. This is how your golf shot should be affected, with the added power of your legs. .

About the Author

Tim Bodamer is a freelance writer based in Seminole, Florida. He attended Edinboro Univerity of Pennsylvania where he studied journalism. He has 15 years of writing experience and specializes in sports, business and general interest topics.

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