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I have a tendency to rotate my right hip and snap my right leg straight when I'm in my wider driver stance instead of shifting and weight transfer to the left side. I'm rather flexible and make good ball contact most of the time, but when I'm having a bad day I hit fat and scull a lot.
--Jasmine S. from Huntsville, TX

Hi Jasmine. Thanks for writing MyGolfInstructor.com. I'm looking forward to helping you with your game.

Straightening the rear leg in the downswing is not a common swing fault, but I do see it on the lesson tee from time to time. A lot of this rides on where your weight is at the top of your swing, where your right knee is and how you start your downswing.

It is important that your right knee stay flexed and still on the backswing. I call the right knee your anchor because if it floats back or up, your entire swing can float out of position. To accomplish keeping it still you need to keep the weight on the instep of your right foot. A 2 X 4, ball tray at the range or even a door jam wedge can all be good at elevating the outside of your right foot so that you stay on the instep. When you are on the instep you can then push off of your right side in the downswing. It is like a runner pushing off a starting block.

The other thing to look at is your hips. Make sure that you are turning into your right hip socket on the takeaway and not sliding laterally or moving off of the ball. After you have pivoted into your right hip socket and remained on your right instep with your weight you should be able to push to the left with your legs and hips and then rotate the hips open. It's a bump and then a turn combined. What helps a lot of players that get their rear leg locked up is to drive that knee towards their left knee at the start of the downswing. Give this a try and let me know how it goes.

Thanks.

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