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How To Safely Post Up On Lead Side For MAX Speed

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Milo Lines:
Hey, everybody. Welcome back out to Superstition Mountain. Today, Henry and I have a really good video for you on how to post up the lead side in the golf swing. And I believe this comes from a question from YouTube, right?

Henry Fall:
Yep.

Milo Lines:
Okay. So, Henry, we get to the top of our back swing, our trail leg is kind of extended, our lead leg is a little more flexed. We want to go immediately to straightening it out, right?

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
We want to lock it out.

Milo Lines:
I feel like we’re jumping like this.

Henry Fall:
Well-

Milo Lines:
So, that’s right?

Henry Fall:
For how long have we been told to straighten your left leg and post up on your lead side? Right? Been a long time.

Milo Lines:
A long time.

Henry Fall:
But when does that happen, and-

Milo Lines:
How does it happen?

Henry Fall:
Yeah, or does it really happen? Or maybe is it just not to the extent we think it is?

Milo Lines:
Let’s get into it.

Henry Fall:
Yeah. Okay.

Milo Lines:
So, this is what’s actually happening. I reach the top of my backswing, and yes, my trail leg has lost some flex, hopefully. Yes, my lead leg has gained some flex. Now, as I transition and I change directions, both legs are actually gaining flex, or at least my lead leg is not losing it right away. So, I get back to square, and my knees are both pretty flexed.

Henry Fall:
Right. And ideally, this left knee is going external.

Milo Lines:
Yeah, so it goes-

Henry Fall:
It’s not going back and straightening.

Milo Lines:
It’s not doing this. It’s going like this.

Henry Fall:
Right.

Milo Lines:
So, it’s externally rotating some amount as my left hip is rotating around it. In reality, my left leg is internally rotating relative to my left hip, but my knee is moving around externally.

Henry Fall:
Yes.

Milo Lines:
Now, what makes that leg straighten out? Am I just straightening the leg out trying to lock it or is it the fact that my pelvis is moving around, and around, and around? Look at my leg. It’s straight now.

Henry Fall:
Right. And, this foot then starts to reset and open back up, right?

Milo Lines:
So it lands-

Henry Fall:
So it goes together.

Milo Lines:
This goes around, and if I keep going, this foot actually will go back that way some amount.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
So, what’s really happening is, the middle of my body is opening up, and that’s causing this leg to look like it’s straightening out.

Henry Fall:
Yeah, you get this sort of straight line appearance. We talked about this on the soccer video too, actually, a little bit. But your knee still has a little flex to it.

Milo Lines:
Yes. Some players will run into almost a locked out left leg, but it usually would what happen-

Henry Fall:
[crosstalk 00:02:47] almost hyperextending.

Milo Lines:
That usually happening after they’ve hit the golf ball, hopefully. If it’s hyperextended before I get there, then my body has literally stopped. So, there probably are some players we could look at and say, “Yes, they do do that,” but they probably have a little bit more of a flip through the ball because their rotation is coming to a stop.

Henry Fall:
Well, and most of them probably jump, too, to some extent. Right? So because their feet are almost off the ground, they’re not really putting as much torque, I guess, on that leg.

Milo Lines:
Yeah, so that would be…

Henry Fall:
So that would be like your Justin Thomas, your Bubba Watson. Right?

Milo Lines:
Yeah. They’ve actually kind of jumped in the air a little bit. Like this. So, when that leg hyperextends, there’s not quite as much pressure in it. Because if I hyperextended it and try to turn and I’m on the ground, I might [crosstalk 00:03:44]-

Henry Fall:
Staying planted and straightening the left leg, probably not a good match up.

Milo Lines:
No, so my preference, though, would be to see the pelvis moving in a down, and around, and keep moving around, and then it naturally starts to extend up over on this side.

Henry Fall:
And then you get that [crosstalk 00:04:02]-

Milo Lines:
And then I get this straight line. I really don’t want to see that straightening out too soon, which is, I would say is a really common issue. You see a lot of players, pelvis sliding, left leg straightening, and they get into this kind of a position. Now I’m in a straight line condition, but I’m not rotated enough and I’m not to the ball yet. I’d rather see that straight line condition happen about there.

Henry Fall:
Yep. So, a little later in the golf swing.

Milo Lines:
It’s happening a little later, and it’s happening because of the rotation, not because you’re just straightening the leg out.

Henry Fall:
Right. So, if you’re thinking about posting up on the lead side or straightening your left leg, a lot of you might be doing it too early in the golf swing, where you’re trying to do it as you’re pulling down. So, those kind of run hand in hand I feel like sometimes. So, they’re trying to rotate, and they’re like, “Well, I need to straighten my left leg.” So they rotate from the top, and then they straighten their left leg, and then they get stuck on the right side, and a lot of things go wrong from there.

Milo Lines:
When the rotation stop… When that left leg hits a wall, the rotation is stopped. It’s just like when I’m swinging the golf club, when my right arm… my right elbow hits a wall, the acceleration of the handle has stopped. The club flips.

Milo Lines:
So if this straightens out, my body stops, the club’s going to flip.

Henry Fall:
Right. So, that’s why, as you were showing the first move, it’s getting into the ground, this left knee is going more external. And then from there you can start to unwind.

Milo Lines:
So, we’ve got to start opening up as we’re compressing into the ground. That allows the rotation to continue for a lot longer. If I’m opening up and straightening out, the rotation stops too soon. That’s basically what it all boils down to. So we want to make sure the rotation can keep going long enough to carry us all the way through the ball.

Henry Fall:
Now, just quickly too, at the finish, do that straight line for me again. Notice, too, his upper body isn’t way over here as he’s posted up.

Milo Lines:
No. No, it should be basically a straight line from my left ankle up to my left pec. Something like that.

Henry Fall:
So, your belt buckle is pretty much almost the most forward thing.

Milo Lines:
Yeah.

Henry Fall:
Right?

Milo Lines:
The belt buckle and my… Actually, the most forward thing is probably my ankle. And then, next is my belt buckle or my left leg. I really just don’t want to see this left leg looking like this. Once we start getting there … There are players who do it, but I’m putting a lot of stress right here on my low back. So, I would much rather see this kind of a look where, from my leg up to my left pec, is just one straight line, not a lot of arch in the back. It’s pretty easy on you.

Henry Fall:
Yeah. All right, well, cool. I think that sort of sums up what we’ve been talking about with the posting up on the lead side and how to do it correctly and efficiently.

Milo Lines:
Now, I got to show everybody how to do it once.

Henry Fall:
Yeah, let’s see it.

Milo Lines:
A video is not a video if I don’t get to hit one.

Henry Fall:
So, you’re going to do it from the top, right? You’re just going to straighten [crosstalk 00:07:01]-

Milo Lines:
So I’m going to straighten it out and swing it like that. No we’re going to do it my way.

Henry Fall:
Hold that finish for me. There you go. So you see his foot is opened up here, lead side has got that straight line, and you’ve maintained some of that tilt too, that you had.

Milo Lines:
Yep. Just a little bit.

Henry Fall:
All right, guys. Well, thanks for watching. Make sure you subscribe, hit the bell icon. When a new video is up, you will be notified. And don’t forget to check out my milolinesgolf.com. We appreciate you guys watching. Head over to the site.

Milo Lines:
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Henry Fall:
Awesome. See you guys later.