Jack Nicklaus Golf Tip: Adjust Your Left Foot for Stronger Uncoil

Illustration by Jim McQueen

Illustration by Jim McQueen

Experimenting with your stance could give you more distance, particularly with your driver.

For instance, at my peak I hit most powerfully when I turned my left foot out at about a 45-degree angle, combined with moving my right foot forward to give me a slightly open stance. The reason was that these two small adjustments let me uncoil my hips faster on the downswing, thereby clearing my body out of the way for my arms and hands to deliver the clubhead to the ball as freely and forcefully as possible.

Other stance variations that can produce more distance include turning out the right foot more than normal to facilitate more backswing body coiling and pulling the right foot back to produce a draw-inducing closed stance. Stick with proven fundamentals in the big elements of technique, but don’t be afraid to experiment with minor nuances to discover what works best for you.

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