To Lift or Not to Lift?


We’re talking the Left Heel (for a RH golfer). Got a reader who wrote in:

“John Jr., I noticed in your long drive baskswing that you lift your lead heel. Should I lift my lead heel and if so, why?”

Great Question! Here is my Clif’s note’s answer:

For men: They should ABSOLUTELY lift the left heel. This will do many things but main 2:

1. Add power
2. Take stress off of the back (esp. the lumbar spine)

For women: It’s not as clear cut because women are so much more flexible than men. If the female golfer wanted more power, then I would encourage her to learn to lift the left heel. If she is already powerful, has no back pain, and is a pretty good golfer, then I would say this:

DON’T TRY OR NOT TRY TO LIFT THE LEFT HEEL. Let the heel do what it wants and that will be ‘natural’ for that women’s swing.





John Novosel Jr.

John Novosel Jr. has worked and consulted with golfers of all abilities – including Major Winners on the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour Players, Nationwide Tour Players, and also top amateurs through beginners.

His teaching puts an emphasis on the golfer achieving a consistent Tour Tempo® and maximizing clubhead speed at impact. To achieve this he utilizes his extensive experience with the Tour Tempo® training tools and optimal biomechanics.

He has worked with his father to develop the concepts of Tour Tempo® and also has co-patented 4 training tools with his father.

At age 49 and despite being under 170 pounds, he can generate clubhead speeds over 130 mph and ball speeds of 190 mph. He has competed in World Long Drive events, his longest drive in competition is 402 yards.

He has presented the concepts of Tour Tempo® all over the world. In 2008 he presented to the PGA of Sweden. Later that year he presented at the World Golf Fitness Summit. In 2011, he made the trip to Amsterdam where he was part of the PGA of Holland’s coaching summit. He most recently made the trip to Orlando, FL to present at the 2013 PGA of America Teaching & Coaching Summit.

He is certified with the Titleist Performance Institute as a Golf Fitness Instructor I, Golf Professional 2, and Golf Biomechanist 2. Also, he is certified with SSC Golf Swing as Level 1 Speed and Power Instructor and Level 2 Spine Engine Instructor.

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