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Golf and leg length discrepancies

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by Griff, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. Griff

    Griff Moderator


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  3. drsarbes

    drsarbes Well-Known Member

    Interesting.
    With the new stack and tilt methods where more weight is kept on the leading foot at the top, I think it would have been more difficult for this golfer if his left was shorter.
    Steve
     
  4. DTT

    DTT Well-Known Member

    I've played some courses especially in Cornwall with sloping fairways that would make an LLD a positive advantage !!!!!!!:D

    Seriously , Many of the Golf pro's I have Tx'd with custom orthotics have reported a distinct improvement in their balance at address and throughout the swing feeling much more stable.

    I'm still working on getting them interested in correct foot function and the long term benefits of that as opposed to the latest gizzmo that will give them a longer straighter drive,or a better putting stroke :craig:.

    Not sure I will ever win that one.
    Cheers
    D ;)
     
  5. DTT

    DTT Well-Known Member

    Stack and tilt is also based on knee flexion I believe which will also have a bearing on weight distribution and functional LLD throughout the golf swing.

    The longer left leg would give a shallower angle of attack at the ball which knee flexion would to some degree compensate for to reduce the tendency to hook the ball.
    Cheers
    D ;-)
     
  6. Griff

    Griff Moderator

    Last article I read on stack and tilt suggested that only about 40-50 tour pros were using it (which is quite a small percentage obviously). Looking at video footage of the top 10 golfers in the world it doesn't appear that many of them use it at all; most opting for the more traditional weight/hip shift forwards during the downswing. Not sure of the amateur stats obviously. Do you stack and tilt Steve?
     
  7. drsarbes

    drsarbes Well-Known Member

    "Do you stack and tilt Steve?"

    Well, it's not easy to change a swing that you are use to and have been using for years. As you know, what you "think" you are doing in your own mind and what you see on video are often quite different.

    I have, to some extent, succeeded (if you can call it that) to retain more weight on my front foot during the backswing. My shaft angle at contact looks a bit better (I think!) because of this.

    Anything that helps the shaft angle!!!!!!!! haha

    As a side note: my handicap has not changed!!!!!

    Steve
     
  8. Matrix

    Matrix Member

    drsarbes - have you lost or gained distance with this swing or is it about the same?

    I must admit I like the traditional swings better...
     
  9. Matrix

    Matrix Member

    Oh and to get on to get back on topic - I have seen a fair fewgolfers with functional LLDs as well. Not always the best posture to stand in for hours every day. I think the spine angle has a lot to do with it and perhaps a lack of conditioning/management of tight muscles.
     
  10. Griff

    Griff Moderator

    Thanks for posting this up Mike. I first read this article several months back when I was writing a piece on Golf and Podiatry for my blog. It's one of my favourite papers on the golf swing.
     
  11. RobinP

    RobinP Well-Known Member

    I reckon my avatar from World Golf tour has an LLD and that is why I am still a bit mince.

    Ian....9 holes this weekend?
     
  12. DTT

    DTT Well-Known Member

  13. Griff

    Griff Moderator

    Sounds good mate - what time? If we do it late enough we might get Sam involved while he eats his breakfast too.
     
  14. RobinP

    RobinP Well-Known Member

    That was brilliant - I loved that. In fairness to the old guys, I would probably have done that to the buggy. Don't think I would be swinging a golf club at someone though.
     
  15. RobinP

    RobinP Well-Known Member

    Are we talking midnight or 3 oclock here? the reality is that I could be up at any time depending which of my very poor sleeping children decide to wake up. Give me a time and I'll try and do it
     
  16. DTT

    DTT Well-Known Member

    Ahh but you see Robin the title says it all, when your as old as me you will understand...:D:D

    Cheers
    D ;)
     
  17. Griff

    Griff Moderator

    Robin - I'd say about midnight tommorow (Saturday?) I'll drop Sam a message on Facebook to see if he fancies it. If not we can do earlier maybe.

    Del - I'm looking forward to the spring when you come out of your golf hibernation and we can get out there mate.
     
  18. DTT

    DTT Well-Known Member

    Get this month out of the way and hopefully things will look up weather wise. Look forward to a round with you then, and I'll treat you to some cheesy chips !:D!!
    Cheers buddy
    D ;-)
     
  19. Perthpod

    Perthpod Active Member

    So who won the round? Doing a golf assignment at the moment if you have anymore good recent papers you'd like to share please ;) and if ever down under...drop by for a game!
     
  20. DTT

    DTT Well-Known Member

    I did :) but have now had to give golf up for health reasons.

    Griff is the man to chat with for your assignment drop him a PM I'm sure he will help especially if there's a game of golf in Aus involved :D

    Good luck
    D;)
     
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