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Why Lee Trevino trusts this go-to power move for older golfers

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

May 01, 2024

I’ve found myself watching tons of Yankees games since the start of the season. One thing I always find fun and interesting whenever I do is seeing how closed-off Yankees power hitter Giancarlo Stanton’s stance is.

Most baseball players stand with an open stance, meaning their lead foot is further away from home plate than their trail foot. But Stanton is a rare exception. For various reasons over the years he’s developed a closed stance where his lead foot is closer to home plate, and his trail foot is dropped back.

You can see it below, milliseconds before Stanton hit a grand slam home run against the Blue Jays a few weeks ago.

But this isn’t Baseball IQ (not yet, anyway), it’s Golf IQ. So why am I telling you this? Well, because this closed stance swing is something a lot of golfers can benefit from.

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A lot of older pro golfers drop their right foot back a few inches at setup as they get older. It’s small tweak that can lead to some big distance gains, for two reasons:

1. Dropping your trail foot back a few inches opens up your hips, allowing for a bigger hip turn and better load on the backswing.

2. It can promote a more in-to-out path, which can help groove a draw.

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