Top 100 Teacher: A simple swing feeling for a bigger backswing turn

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Earlier this week, Inside GOLF members (not a member? Sign up right here!) were treated to a fascinating discussion between Baden Schaff (the co-founder of Skillest) and GOLF Top 100 Teacher Sean Foley.

As part of the LIVE golf lesson, the pair selected three golfers swings, and broke them down on camera — sharing some great advice for the rest of us along the way.

“If we don’t use the pivot properly, most of us do not have the wrist, and elbows, and shoulders, to get into world-class positions,” he says. “The pivot is the key to arm structure, in many ways.”

And that, Foley goes onto say, will determine whether you hit slices, hooks, or lasers right down the middle. Here’s a swing feeling you can use to help.

1. Let your eyes follow your takeaway

A good pivot starts on the takeaway, Foley says in the video above. The specific golfer Foley was referring to struggled with coming over the top, so the feeling he gave him was to allow his eyes to follow the clubhead on the takeaway.

“Let your eyes go with it just for the first part of the takeaway,” he says. “Now that my head is in that position, it’s a lot easier to turn.”

2. Turn over your trail leg

Doing that, Foley says, puts your head and entire upper body where it can enjoy a greater range of motion. Simply put: You’ll be able to turn more.

“Allow the pelvis and abdomen to go with it,” he says of his takeaway. “As you do that and continue to the top, allow that chest to turn over your right side.”

In doing so, Foley says, you’ll be adding more side bend earlier in your swing, which will take pressure off parts of your back, and can help prevent you from coming over the top.

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Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and In his role he oversees the brand’s game improvement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.