Note: The short game stance is used on shots where accuracy, consistency and “distance control” are more important than raw distance. Hitting with your feet together will generally reduce the total distance for each club by 20-25% but dramatically increase the accuracy, consistency and distance control. The short game stance works really well and will take strokes off your game but please do some range practice before you take it out on the course.
Feet Together Means Better Golf Short Game Stance
Simple Golf is all about making golf simpler. Probably the easiest way to make your short game simpler (and take strokes off your game) is to hit all your short game shots with your feet together.
How To Do The Symple Short Game Stance
1. Put your feet together (touching) or a close as reasonably possible for you. The further you have your feet apart the more likely variables will sneak into your swing. When you have your feet apart moving your head even an inch can shift your weight to your opposite foot possible changing the bottom or your swing arc causing a fat or topped shot. Keep you feet together (weight on the front leg) and fat or topped shots will be dramatically reduced.
2. Put as much weight as comfortably possible on your front leg. You’ll need to shift your hips toward the target to do this effectively. To see what shifting your hips is like just stand on one leg for a minute. In order to stand comfortably on one leg you have to shift your hips towards the target (to the left for a right handed golfer) in order to balance correctly. Try standing on just your left leg (for a right handed golfer) then just put your right foot down next to your left keeping the hips shifted towards the target. (Note: they are square to the target line.)
One way to learn to keep you weight on your front leg is to lift your back heel up in the air two to three inches. That will force you to keep you weight on your front leg throughout the short game swing. (see Back Heel Up Drill http://simplegolf.com/blog/full-swing/back-heel-up-drill/)
Why You Need To Use The Symple Short Game Stance
Keeping you feet together dramatically reduces extra motion in your lower body. Your core (your upped body – shoulders, chest & abdomen) control the swing. YOU DON’T NEED RAW DISTANCE WITH YOUR SHORT GAME YOU NEED ACCURACY AND CONSISTENCY.Keeping your feet together will reduce your overall distance by about 20-25 percent. That’s okay because it will make you much, much more accurate and much, much more consistent. Overnight keeping your feet together will take strokes off your game. On shorter shots your your back hip will stay pretty still. One medium and longer pitches your core will pull you back hip away from the ball allowing a bigger turn. We don’t want a lot of hip movement here but the back hip definitely does move back away from the ball on longer shots.
Yes, you’ll have to practice just a bit to get use to the shorter distances and keeping the weight on the front leg but learning that is actually pretty easy.
You should be able to use this technique easily out to 50 yards or so. Longer hitters will use this technique out even further.
I keep my weight on my front foot (and even keep my feet together) anywhere from 100 yards and it. At 100 yards I used my Pitching Wedge which I normally hit 125 yards with a full swing PowerSet Stance. I put my feet together and weight on the front foot and I then hit this wedge very accurately and very consistently up to 100 yards. I use to use my full swing sand wedge from 100 yards but now I’m more accurate and more consistent with my feet together using the PW at 100 yards.
As I said, most people are comfortable out to about 50 yards with their feet together. You have to experiment on the range to find the maximum distance at which you’re comfortable.