No lateral moves and no slides. That is what we have been told…and it has ruined a lot of us…me included.
Again, I always have to be careful what I say because there will invariably be people who think I am promoting the opposite extreme. As an example, the hold the lag subject. I promote a natural release and criticize lag holding…then they come out of the woodwork saying I want people to cast.
Anyway, swinging in a phone booth, barrel or trash can (I saw someone on GolfWrx literally do this and told someone to do it)…is terrible. It makes your swing nonathletic and often, all upper body.
The longest hitter on the Euro PGA has a lateral move going back and every great player has a “hip slide” to start the downswing.
The point is not to initiate a lateral move on purpose, nor to slide on purpose.
Think of how silky smooth Fred Couples and Colin Montgeomerie look. That is because they allow themselves the freedom to let the weight go where it will.
The point is allow yourself the freedom to move…as long as you are in balance.