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In this tip from the PGA Tour, Athletic Motion Golf Pro Scott Hamilton talks about how to get the proper hip tilt and why it’s important for puring your golf shots.

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  1. Steve Wozeniak

    Jan 4, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Wow…..hey dude, haven’t you heard that STACK and TILT has destroyed every player that tried it???? Come on, learn a little simple physics and how the body works in motion….this ain’t it…..

    Steve Wozeniak PGA
    425 533 4711

  2. Steven

    Dec 30, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Is this what you found just on their iron swings or on their driver swings as well?

    • AMG

      Dec 30, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      We see it with both irons and driver.

      • Fore Golfer

        Jan 1, 2018 at 1:55 pm

        Based on the comments below, I don’t know what you see. Perhaps you can reply to the other comments in this topic thread.

  3. Acew7iron

    Dec 29, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Most I see do just the opposite…get lower on the trail hip and try to help the ball into the air.

    • steve2

      Dec 30, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      Do you mean that they flex their trail knee in the backswing instead of firming up the knee? This is the only way I can envisage a lower trail hip in the backswing.

      • ImaGolfer

        Dec 31, 2017 at 12:19 pm

        The hips don’t only tilt ‘up’; they tilt ‘down’ as well.
        In the backswing the lead hip drops because the lead leg flexes; and the trail hip becomes ‘higher’ than the lead hip point.
        In the downswing the lead hip rises with weight shift and lead leg knee joint unflexes. Meanwhile the trail leg knee joint flexes thus dropping the trail hip joint.
        Is it only me?

  4. OB

    Dec 29, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Interesting… so the hips tilt during the swing and do not ‘level out’ in the tour pro swings.
    Since there are three types of dynamics between the ground and the hips:
    1.horizontal thrust,
    2.torque for the rotation,
    3.vertical forces that account for body weight and vertical lift going into impact; it only follows that the hips must tilt back and forth to accommodate all these actions in the golf swing.
    Trying to maintain a level hip rotation will mess up the generation and transmission of the forces and torques and would require ungainly knee flex actions.
    Those that advocate “quiet hips”, they are not promoting the pro swing, and perhaps are recognizing that most rec golfers have stiff hip joints due to a sedentary lifestyle and must compensate in their swing mechanics to play the game.

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3 keys for getting out of bunkers with soft sand

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One of the most infuriating things in golf is to land in a bunker that has too much sand, or sand with the consistency of a truckload of talcum power. Now, I am not picking on the Superintendents; they do have to add new sand from time-to-time, so no hate mail please! It’s my fault for hitting it in the bunker in the first place, and bunkers are supposed to be hazards; I know that.

The one thing we will assume for this article is that even though we are in soft sand, we will have a good lie, not a plugged or semi-plugged one. We are in a bunker that just has a bunch of sand, or it’s soft and fluffy sand. Everyone asks me what the secret is to handling these types of conditions and I’m here to help you get better.

1) Get a wedge with the correct bounce

Let’s consider that you play the same golf course every weekend, or that you mostly play on courses that have the same type of playing conditions mostly. When you have this luxury, you should have wedges that fit the conditions you tend to play. So, if you have a low bounce wedge with a sharp flange and you’re playing from bunkers with lots of sand, then you are putting yourself at a disadvantage.

Why alter your swing if the wedge you have can help you? Use a high bounce wedge (9-12 degrees of bounce) for soft sand, and a low bounce wedge (6-8 degrees) for firm sand.

2) Control your Angle of Attack 

As with most things in golf, there are always things that you must pay attention to in order for you to have the odds in your favor. Simple things such as paying attention to the lie you have can help you save shots in the rough. In bunkers, you cannot test the surface, however, you can use your feet to feel the density of the sand. Pay attention to what you feel in the balls of your feet. If you feel a ton of sand below you, then you know you will have to alter your angle of attack if you want any chance to get out of the bunker successfully.

So what do I mean by this?

The setting of your wrists has a very dynamic effect on how much the wedge digs in or skids through the sand (assuming you have an open face). When there is a surplus of sand, you will find that a steeper attack caused by the maximum cocking of your wrists makes it much easier for the wedge to work too vertical and dig too deep. When you dig too deep, you will lose control of the ball as there is too much sand between the blade and the ball — it will not spin as much and won’t have the distance control you normally have.

The secret to playing from softer sand is a longer and wider bunker swing with much less wrist-set than you would use on your stock bunker shot. This action stops the club from digging too deep and makes it easier for you to keep moving through the ball and achieving the distance you need.

3) Keep your pivot moving

It’s nearly impossible to keep the rotation of your shoulders going when you take too much sand at impact, and the ball comes up short in that situation every time. When you take less sand, you will have a much easier time keeping your pivot moving. This is the final key to good soft-sand bunker play.

You have made your longer and more shallow backswing and are returning to the ball not quite as steeply as you normally do which is good… now the only thing left to do is keep your rear shoulder rotating through impact and beyond. This action helps you to make a fuller finish, and one that does not lose too much speed when the club impacts the sand. If you dig too deep, you cannot keep the rear shoulder moving and your shots will consistently come up short.

So if you are in a bunker with new sand, or an abundance of sand, remember to change your bounce, adjust your angle of attack, and keep your pivot moving to have a fighting chance.

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Are you flipping through impact? In this video, I share a great drill that will help you put better pressure on the golf ball at impact. By delivering the sweet spot correctly, you’ll create a better flight and get more distance from your shots immediately.

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For many golfers, the ability to hit shots golf ball to the target is a difficult task, especially when you take into account the rough, trees or hazards lining the hole. In this video, I share “The Wagon Wheel Drill,” a simple idea of how to practice intentionally hitting the ball left, right and on target.

Practice this and you will soon be hitting the target more often.

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