Happy Gilmore & The Right Leg

Bradley Hughes demonstrates how to push the weight into the right leg during transition.


BRADLEY HUGHES: One of the first videos I made that people really liked was, I talked about the footwork and the legwork and the golf swing. And I really explained how a good player, they actually push down their right leg.

They're never trying to get left. It feels like you're going left. But that's because our body is balancing our self. So the poor player tends to jump left. And as they do that, they pull their upper body with them.

The good player actually works more down their right leg, pushing pressure. That's why it's a key to turn in to this right hip. Get this right leg reasonably straight but not locked on the backswing, and then as we start down, push down it. Push down it. And that actually bumps our lead hip and lead leg forward so we get the transition of lower body starting to go to the target and top half staying back.

It's a real key. It's a real trick. It looks like we're going left. It feels like we're going left. But the reality is, we're pushing down this leg.

Now we all love golf movies, obviously. Happy Gilmore, one of the funniest things ever. First time I saw it, I was flying from New York to Paris on a plane, half asleep. And the whole plane was breaking out in laughter.

So I said, oh, I'd never seen this movie before. And I watched it become one of the all time great golf movies. So what can we learn from Adam Sandler when he played Happy Gilmore?

We can learn that as he went to hit the ball, as he lined up and he came in, he was loading down his right leg. He was getting pressure down his right leg and then catching that pressure, bumping forward, with a left hip because we need to-- he would never go and hit the ball that way. You can see it's down his right leg.

I'll try and give one a go. It's been a while. Smashed it. Should do that all the time.

So what I did-- as I was coming in, I was down my right leg, pressure. This was just catching it. And then I was able to push off my right leg because I still had pressure down it.

So we need this whole rear side to be able to push through the ball. The foot, the knee, the hip, the right side obliques, the arm, the hand, we need to hit with this entire right side. Now if we already get left, we can hit.

We lose the option of using all this because it's-- we've lost pressure in it. We're already too far into our left side. So then I really only have my hand and arm to try and hit the ball. And that's not right.

So even it was a funny movie, it's true. He hit the ball, he smashed it, obviously, very well edited. But you can see why I've absolutely killed that. And it's gone further because I'm creating more load and being able to shift more weight through the shot because I've got motion as I'm doing it.

I wouldn't do it in a tournament, obviously. But, that's how it all works. We load down the right, collect it on the left. Then we get to this point and then everything drives through.

So Happy Gilmore, while fun, was a long driver. And it's not coincidence that he did it down his right leg to be able to push his whole right side through the hit and to the finish.