All elite golfers exhibit good footwork. It is not at all controversial that the function of the foot in golf is different from almost any other activity. Weight is placed lightly on the balls of the feet, while being balanced between the leading and rear feet.
How important are feet to a good golf swing? Jack Nicklaus, widely regarded as the greatest professional golfer of all time, tells us:
“All timing, distance and direction comes out of the lower body with the feet leading the way.”
According to Jack, feet are integral to the golf swing. But how can we turn this insight into practical, actionable information to enhance golf performance?
First, it’s important to be proactive about looking after your feet. Stretching and self-massage using a foam roller or spiky ball should be used to address tightness in the plantar fascia, pretibial muscles and calf.
Next, you might consider the use of orthotics help with stability, injury prevention and support. As we’ll discuss below, there’s some compelling evidence that orthotics can lead to tangible improvements in golf performance. The use of orthotics, for example, was associated with a 3-5 mph increase in clubhead velocity among experienced golfers .