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  • Writer's pictureJeremy Wampler

Boost Your Swing with Better Ankle Mobility!

In golf, many players tend to focus on the larger muscles such as the hips and core. However, there is an often overlooked area of the body that can actually cause problems if not properly addressed - the foot and ankle. During the golf swing, the foot and ankle are the only parts of the body that maintain contact with the ground. Therefore, in order to effectively use the ground for stability and power, it is crucial to have good foot and ankle function.

To achieve a powerful swing, it is essential to effectively utilize the ground. In this blog, we will focus on the ankle and discuss how limited mobility can hinder our ability to utilize the ground, leading to compensations in the swing.

During the golf swing, it is crucial for our ankles to undergo dorsiflexion, a motion that allows us to generate power. To better understand this, imagine a basketball player preparing for a jump. Their foot needs to dorsiflex in order to push off the ground and leap into the air. Similarly, in a golf swing, we can utilize the ground to create power by pushing off.

I often find that many individuals have limited dorsiflexion, which can not only restrict their power potential but also lead to compensations in other areas of the body. For instance, if our ankle dorsiflexion is inadequate, we may compensate by moving in different directions or areas to make up for it. This compensation can manifest as sliding or swaying excessively (excessive lateral movement), which further reduces power and contributes to poor strikes and shots.

In the video below, we will guide you on how to test your ankle motion to determine if it is poor and provide techniques to improve it if you have limited dorsiflexion.

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