How Me and My Golf use BodiTrak to combat sway
Our friends Andy and Piers from Me and My Golf recently published a video titled “Better Footwork for Improved Ball Striking” where they helped a golfer correct “sway” in his golf swing. Sway is a common swing characteristic among amateur golfers and is even exhibited by some elite players. It refers to excessive lower body movement away from the target during the backswing. Sway is commonly identified by drawing a reference line along the trail leg (as Dave Phillips does in this image), but in this video the guys from Me and My Golf share how sway can be identified by evaluating ground interaction. “When a lot of people think of sway they think about the hip,” says Andy Proudman in the video below. “What we want to do is look at what the feet are doing to see if we can improve stability in our lower body.”
One of the things that we love about this video is that Andy and Piers don’t just focus on “how much” pressure is being loaded into the trail leg, but focus on “where” the pressure is being loaded. This is consistent with what BodiTrak advisor Mark Blackburn discussed in his video about how he uses BodiTrak to identify sway.
“We know that best players keep their center of pressure in between their feet at the top of the backswing,” said Blackburn. “The center of pressure is usually just slightly right of center for a right-handed player. With longer clubs like driver, they are loading about 80% of their pressure towards their trail leg.”
“We want to make sure that the center of pressure stays inside the trail leg and irons stay relatively centered so that we’re able to get back to the golf ball on the downswing.”
While some golfers can play winning golf with “sway,” it’s an unproductive fault for many. Either way, the most important priority is to identify it. Hopefully these videos shed some light on how evaluating ground mechanics and pressure can help with that.