The Basic Steps to Perfect Golf.

By Philip A Gorfett.
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Lesson 2 - The Lower Body. (Change 06/05/2018)

All these lessons are relevant to a right handed golfer, therefore a left handed golfer should simply reverse any reference for body actions, furthermore you must thoroughly understand the actions of the lower body during the golf swing before moving onto the next logical lesson which is the function of the upper body unit.


It is vital that you have a stable lower body as the back swing movement is performed, therefore it is absolutely vital that stop the hips from swaying too much as they rotate and also keep left heel firmly on the ground.


Therefore in order to perform a correct back swing movement, the left heel must remain firmly on the ground throughout the complete back swing movement, the head held in the frontal facing position and the hips held firmly over the centre of your stance whilst the hips rotate.

You will notice in this Video how the torso twists during the back swing movement due to the left heel remaining on the ground.

However once the end of the back swing movement is completed, the role of the hips then adopt a dominant role and by that I mean that from the moment the left foot is pressed to the ground and the hips are forced to rotate in the opposite direction.

But importantly, the rotational movement of the hips must always be moving slightly ahead of the rotation of the upper body unit.

The power of the golf shot is achieved by a combination of the rotational action of the hips, the rotation of the upper body unit, the whipping action of the golf club and the interaction of the arms.


Therefore it is vital that the set up of the lower part of the body is correct - so take your time with this section and practice, practice, practice this movement, because you must ensure that every time you address the ball the muscles of the lower body are held in this firm condition so that two conditions are met as you perform the back swing movement:-

Back Swing Movement

You must try to hold the hips directly over the centre of your stance throughout the back swing movement as the hips rotate.


Down Swing Movement

To begin the down swing movement, press down on the left foot and transfer the weight of your body onto the left leg and simultaneously force the hips to rotate.

This will force the twisted body to rotate around it axis, but you must stop the upper body unit from following the movement of the hips until it is literally forced to follow.

However you must ensure that the rotational action of the hips always exert a slight pulling effect upon the upper body unit so that it is forced to follow the movement of the hips.



As the hips rotate during the down swing movement, it is vital that you do not allow your head to move laterally past the original address position.

It is vital that before you make you attempt to actually strike the ball, either on the tee or on the fairway, have a few practice swings of using the rotational action of the hips to initiate the down swing movement whilst the upper body unit is held back for a millisecond until the compact upper body unit is literally forced to follow the movement of the hips.

From the top of the back swing movement, simply practice the action of forcing the hips to rotate as described above.

If you move on to the next lesson too quickly you will not make the progress that you desire.

If you do nothing else but follow my instructions regarding the lower body, learn how to rotate the hips thus literally forcing the upper body unit to follow and your golf will still improve dramatically.


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