A Lesson In Footwork with Sean Foley

Maintaining balance is often discussed as a key to making a good golf swing, but what you rarely hear about is proprioception. What is it? Tiger Woods' swing coach Sean Foley explains.

Released on 3/22/2012

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Starring: Sean Foley

Transcript

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An extremely important part of someone's function
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and how it leads into the form of their golf swing
00:09
is the relationship that your feet have between the ground.
00:13
So when people get ready to hit a shot
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and they're in their setup,
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you can see here I'm just in my socks,
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you can use bare feet as well
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and what I want you to start to do is
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feel like you get into the point where
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you're almost in a sand bunker,
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where you feel like you're
00:25
gripping the ground with your feet.
00:27
It's very important to be able
00:28
to create friction with the ground,
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which is what allows us to create ground reaction forces
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which then allow the ground reaction forces
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to return into the body
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and start all the segments and all the accelerations
00:40
and decelerations in the kinematic sequence
00:43
which is the way you create club head speed.
00:45
So it all starts from the ground up.
00:47
So sometimes when we get in shoes
00:49
and we're wearing spikes or the shoes have
00:51
a lot of ability to help us be stable,
00:54
we wanna lose those inhibitors
00:56
and get to where we have to depend on our own feet.
00:59
We have to depend on all the muscles in the feet,
01:02
as well in the calf and the tibia and quads and the gluts.
01:05
So from here,
01:07
as I'm in this position,
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I'm gonna increase my proprioception.
01:10
Proprioception is the brain's awareness of where we are
01:13
in an unstable environment.
01:15
So if you wanna be able to use your core,
01:17
which starts pretty much from the mid-quad
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up to the top of the intercostal,
01:22
if you're using your core,
01:24
the only way to use it is to create two stable bases.
01:26
So one stable base here,
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one stable base here.
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When you create a better association
01:31
of your feet on the ground,
01:33
you'll find that you'll be creating
01:34
more speed and accuracy as you get better at it.
01:38
So all that being said,
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if you can practice in your socks
01:41
or in your bare feet,
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you're gonna learn to develop a better relationship
01:44
in connection to the ground
01:45
and look at one of the greatest most effortless
01:47
swings of all time in Sam Snead.
01:49
Sam Snead virtually practiced in bare feet
01:51
almost to the age of 17 and Sam Snead was always known
01:54
from the top of his swing for this beautiful squat that he
01:58
would make and in that squat,
01:59
he had knee flection firing the quad,
02:01
hip flection firing the glut
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and from there everything would move into extension.
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If he practiced in shoes,
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I don't know if he would ever learn that same leg action.
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