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The lower body is the engine of the golf swing! In this video I show you a key move for (a lot) more distance.

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Find him on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/adaviesgolf Advanced Fellow of the PGA Head Golf Professional The Marriott Forest of Arden The Golfing Machine Authorised Instructor TPI Certified Fitness Golf Instructor PGA Swing Lecturer PGA Swing Examiner PGA Qualified in 1999, Achieving 3rd position Trainee of the Year Roles Former Academy Coach Wales South West Squad Performance Director Midland Performance Golf Academy Coach to GB & I Squad Member Head Coach to Birmingham University Teams Coach to Solihull College AASE England programme Coached Numerous County Squads including Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Derby. Philosophy I am a highly self-motivated full time coach committed to improve players of all standards. Through continually developing my skills and knowledge I am considered one of the leading coaches and have been recently voted in Golf Worlds top 100 coaches. Having excellent communication skills enables me to be able to deliver first class tuition to all levels of golfers and this is reflected in my achievements from my players and personal accolades.

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  1. gps

    Nov 17, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    The basis is the golfers pivot is around the right hip in BS and Left hip later in DS and in the follow through.
    To imagine that we pivot on an imaginery spine stuck in the ground between our legs is ludicrous.

    Ben Hogan set up with more closed stance with longer clubs and no one had hips as open to target line at impact. He was able to do that because of his lateral move during the BS, positioning his hips and right elbow ahead of the back of the ball in order to use his torso and arms to pull the golf club through the ball. The reason most cant open hips at impact is that they stay behind the ball and push the gold club, rather than pull. Muscles pull(contract) they dont push.

  2. geohogan

    Nov 17, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    The basis of the pivot is that we pivot on the trail hip joint in the BS and pivot on the lead hip on the follow through.

    It is a common fallacy that we pivot around our spine, as if the spine extend into the ground. LOL

    Ben Hogan took a closed stance for the longer clubs and came to impact with hips more open than most. It had nothing to do with flexibility.
    When he pivoted on right hip in BS, his right hip moved laterally toward the target during the BS, positioning the right hip ahead of the back of the ball and spine pointing behind his left heel(Farting behind lead heel*), for beginning of DS. From there it is simply a drop into the slot and a pure rotation into impact.

    *Ref. The Hogan Manual of Human Performance: GOLF, 1992.

  3. Richard Douglas

    Nov 12, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    This is solid, basic advice for a fundamental we often ignore.

    The basis for the swing is a pivot around a single point: the spine. From there we can create the action with are arms, hands, feet, etc. That means we must rotate our hips (and, then, our shoulders) both back AND through the shot.

    He mentions something that really should have merited more time, and that is we want the hips rotated towards the target before we strike the ball. In other words, by the time the club hits the ball, we’ve rotated 30-50 degrees (his measure). This allows the shot to “clear.” It also creates more lag in the swing an encourages a greater amount of shaft lean at impact–all good things.

    Personally, I start the downswing with my left (forward) foot. Because I don’t lift the heel during the back swing, it’s a weight shift to that foot. The hips chase it, the shoulders chase the hips, the arms chase the shoulders, and the hands just ride the ride right through the shot. One move, lots of chain reaction, and one result.

    One thing he did NOT mention about hip turn is its relationship with the width of your stance. The narrower your stance, the easier it is to generate hip turn. Professionals use a wide stance because they don’t have trouble rotating their hips. The wider stance encourages more stability and helps generate longer distances–if you can still rotate your hips. So if you struggle with the move described in the video, trying moving your back foot a bit more towards the front, narrowing your stance.

    Another thing not mentioned is the impact of having an open or closed stance. A closed stance helps with turning back–which feels like a powerful move. But it restricts the hips from turning forward, causing you to be more square at impact–not good for the reasons described above. You end up trapping the ball to keep from coming over the top and pulling it. By opening your stance just a bit, you encourage your hips to open fast on the downswing. Too much and you’ll start fading the ball, so use this in moderation. In “Swing Like a Pro,” computer modeling showed that most professionals set up slightly open. You should try it.

    • Benny

      Nov 12, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      Loved your details more than the video. Thanks Richard Douglas!

    • gps

      Nov 30, 2018 at 11:02 pm

      to keep from coming over the top simply supinate the trail hand from the top of DS and dont stop.
      OTT has nothing to do with foot placement , open or closed.

      Its much easier and natural to slide under the inside of the ball from a closed stance.

      Of course if your trying to hit the back of the ball, pull and pull hook are always in the equation.

    • gps

      Nov 30, 2018 at 11:10 pm

      A pivot is around an axis or fulcrum. The shoulders pivot around the spine.
      The spine does not form a solid base into the ground so how could the golf swing pivot around an imaginary axis in space?
      We pivot on the trail hip in BS and the other hip on follow through.

      We could pivot around the spine if it extended into the ground BUT it doesnt.
      Another misconception in the golf swing, that has been perpetuated for too long.

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