How the Hips Turn in the Down Swing

You Turn Not Slide in the Golf Swing!

Many a golf swing has been ruined with an over emphasis of the transfer of weight forward on the down swing.  It’s not a slide or thrust to the front foot, it’s a turn or clearing motion of the hips with the sensation being the left cheek of your fanny is heading toward your right heel.  (I explain further in the video below).

I went to see Chi Chi Rodriguez do a golf clinic because Paul Haun Jr., (famous trick shot artist that helped me improve my show) said to go see Chi Chi if you get a chance.  If nothing else you’ll steal some great jokes, and I did!

Not expecting it, I took away something even better than the great joke.  A golfer from the gallery asked, “Well Chi Chi, when do you transfer your weight on the down swing?”  To my surprise Chi Chi said, “there is no transfer of weight on the down swing.”  The crowd let out one of those OOHHHHH like a missed putt.  That shows how much misinformation is out there that has been ingrained in the minds of so many golfers.  Here’s another one, “keep your head down!”

Chic Chi went on to say that the golf swing is a rotary motion around a single axis which is the base of the spine. Chi Chi was right on target and take it for Gospel. Why?  Because it’s not often a Cuban agrees with a Porto Rican!  Cubans make better Rum too!

Yes there is a transfer of weight or balance by virtue of the upper body tilt, not the lower body shifting.  In fact, with the proper turn on the back swing, you will feel as if you’re loaded on your left heel but a scale will make a liar out of us because your weight will be on your back foot.  Just like a baseball player throwing a ball from center field to home plate, he tilts back not slide back to throw the ball.

Here’s a video that explains this further.  If you’re not sure where your weight is shifting send us a video of your golf swing for a FREE analysis.  For instructions go to http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/online-golf-lesson-free/

What is the Proper Hip Turn in the Golf Swing?

What is the Proper Hip Turn in the Golf Swing?

I hear from so many students that they heard or read “you need to start your down swing with the hips.”  Well Sergio says he starts his by pulling down on a chain!  Bottom line is it depends on the golfer and what he or she feels.  You need to get the golf club back to square at impact and have to “balance” your motion so that all the parts of your swing, (body-arms-hands) get to the right place at impact at the right time.  Make sense?

Yes there is a slight surge with the lower body at the beginning of the down swing but don’t over emphasize it!!!!  Why?  Because the center of gravity of your golf swing is the base of the spine and your golf swing in the purest sense should rotate around it.

I believe one of the best ways to see if your body is sliding rather than turning the hips is to take a video of the back of your golf swing.  Here’s a perfect example below.  Below that video is a video analysis of a really good golfer sliding their hips which caused inconsistency.  We include in the video what we need to do to fix it – Quick!

For a complete FREE analysis of your swing online just go to http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/free-golf-lesson-online/ for instructions.  You’ll get a complete analysis as well as a drill for your specific swing need.