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Hello Maria, I am very glad that I found your site! Your instructions are very understandable.

Question: I'm right-handed and my rear foot comes off the ground during my downswing. My knee goes forward instead of inward. How can I fix this?
--Luther E. from Little Rock, AR

Hi Luther, Thanks for writing MyGolfInstructor.com. I'm excited to get to help you with your game.

You should know that your right foot or rear foot should come up in the downswing, just not too early. You'll want to practice rolling your ankle towards the ground and then rolling up onto your toe. It's the same action your foot would take if you were to pitch a baseball. Your foot should essentially be pulled up by the rotation of your hips towards the target and your weight shift to the target side.

When my students have a problem with it coming up too early in the downswing, the first thing I do is have them learn to hit balls keeping it down throughout the entire swing. Note that this is just a drill, but it helps kill the habit of lifting it up. Once that is mastered, then you can practice rolling your ankle down towards the ground - target side and then you should be well on your way to correct foot work in your downswing.

I hope that helps and let me know if you have any other questions.

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