How the Hips Turn in the Down Swing•
Posted on January 09 2017
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 https://www.quickfixgolf.com/pages/free-golf-swing-analysis