The Basic Steps to Perfect Golf.

By Philip A Gorfett.

www.playperfectgolf.co.uk

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Lesson 2 - The Lower Body. (Changed 09/10/2019)


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 the following must be adhered too.

It is absolutely vital that you concentrate to stop the hips swaying away from the original address position -- even a small amount of sway will affect the end result.

It is vital that you 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 shoulders 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.

It is vital that you keep practicing the act of stopping the hips from swaying whilst rotating the shoulders into the back swing.

(The raw power and the accuracy of the golf shot is achieved by using the hip action during the down swing movement to accelerate the whole twisted body around the axis of the spine.)

By using the rotational movement of the hips whilst straightening the left leg to return the club head into the impact position in conjunction with the rotational movement of the upper body unit, this will give you a very high degree of accuracy and power into the shot.


As you develop this technique you will be able to increase the rotational speed of the upper body unit / hips thus making the ball go further.

But beware, as the hips rotate towards the target area there is a tendency to allow the shoulders to become open to the target line, so make sure that the shoulders remain parallel to the target line as the hips rotate.


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 as you perform the back swing movement:-

Back Swing Movement

You must hold the hips directly over the centre of your stance throughout the back swing movement, but importantly, any rotation of the hips during the back swing movement should only occur because of the upper body
movement.

The hips must not be allowed to sway away from the original address position throughout the entire back swing movement.


Down Swing Movement

To begin the down swing movement, press down on the left foot to initiate the down swing movement and immediately begin to force the left leg to straighten.

As the hips rotate during the down swing movement, it is vital that you do not allow your right hip to drop, keep the weight on your left side as the left leg straightens and also do not allow head to move laterally past the original address position.

The rotation of the upper body unit should begin at exactly the same time that the hips begin to rotate towards the target area.

 


 

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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