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
It is vital that you have a stable lower body as the back swing movement is performed, therefore it is absolutely vital that you must stop the hips from swaying whilst they rotate and also keep left heel firmly on the ground.
It is important to understand that as the hips rotate towards the target area, especially during the down swing/follow through movement, the right hip must be forced to turn towards the target area, whilst simultaneously the left hip must be forced to rotate away from the target area, this means that the hips must only rotate around an axis whilst held firmly over the centre of your stance.
See VIDEO to understand how the hips must remain firmly in the original address position throughout the back swing movement.( To repeat the video, press the replay symbol)
The video only shows a half back swing but this is how you must hold the hips throughout the complete back swing movement, the hips must not sway.
This is a difficult action to perform at first, but you will soon be able to perform it correctly.
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.
You will notice in the video on this page 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 hip turns to fully face the target area the movement of the hips must continually maintain a pulling effect upon the compact upper body unit.
The power of the golf shot is
achieved by a combination of the thrusting/rotational action of the hips, the whipping action of the golf club and the interaction of the arms.
Rotational Movement of the Hips. ( Down Swing)
It is vital that you practice the action of turning the hips to fully face the target area by rotating the right hip towards the target area whilst the left moves in complete reverse, without
any swaying action of the hips.
Imagine a stake driven into the ground either
side of your hips at the address position and at the
angle the upper body is placed at the address position.
As you perform the golf swing movement, the hips
must rotate within these two stakes - this is how the
hips must rotate during the complete golf swing movement.
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
Back Swing Movement
You must hold the hips directly over the centre of
your stance throughout the back swing movement, there
must not be any swaying movement.
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 simultanusly rotate the right hip towards the target area whilst simultaneously rotate the left hip away from the target area, then whilst the hips continue to rotate around it axis thus maintaining the twist in the torso, it literally forces the compact upper body unit to rotate into the down swing movement so that the two components rotate in tandem but with the hips always exerting a pulling effect upon the upper body unit.
You must maintain the powerful rotational action of the hips so that it exerts a continual pulling effect upon the upper body unit as it rotates into the down swing movement.
As the hips rotate during the down swing movement,
they must not be allowed to sway, either away from
the target area nor towards the target area therefore you must hold the hips directly over the centre of
your stance as the right hip rotates towards the target area and simultaneously the left hip rotates away from the target area.
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 movement
of the hips to initiate the down swing movement whilst the upper body unit is held back for a millisecond before the two components rotate in tandem into the down swing movement.
From the top of the back swing
movement, simply practice the action of forcing the
hips to rotate as described above.
This hip action requires serious practice so that it can enter the long term memory and thus enable you to rotate the hips whilst the upper body remains in a passive condition for large proportion of the down swing movement, but if I can do it, so can you.
If you move on to the next lesson
too quickly you will not make the progress that you
If you do nothing else but follow my instructions
regarding the lower body, learn how to rotate the hips
and your golf will still improve dramatically.
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