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This is the first installment in our How To Series — follow this plan to master the movements of the hips on the backswing!


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This new series is all about helping you improve your golf swing quickly. We’re going to break the swing down into its component parts and give you specific practice direction — master these key elements of the swing and you’ll see improvement fast!

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Lucas Wald is a former touring professional turned instructor. Lucas has been recognized by Golf Digest as one of the Best Young Teachers in America (2016-2017) and the Best Teacher in Arkansas (2017). His notable students include Harris English, Brad Faxon, Brandel Chamblee, Jeff Flagg (2014 World Long Drive Champion), Eddie Fernandes (2018 World Long Drive Champion, Master Division), and Victoria Lovelady (Ladies European Tour). Lucas has been sought out by some of the biggest names in the game for his groundbreaking research on the golf swing, and he’s known for his student case studies – with juniors, adult amateurs, and tour pros – that show that significant improvement in power and ball striking is possible in golfers of all levels. Check out his website - lucaswaldgolf.com - and be sure to follow Lucas on social media.

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29 Comments

  1. geohogan

    Dec 23, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    @raybennett, if only it were true.

    Bobby Jones turned his torso (from hips to sternum turning together), using his feet and knees. There is no sway to the right.
    This video describes left hip moving closer to the ball. ie not a turn of the torso
    but a slide of hips back toward the right, which can only happen when shoulders tilt , left shoulder down. Its the False backswing made popular with the one plane swing, that ended the career of Mike Weir and others.

    Its easily proven. Stand straight and tilt the left shoulder down toward the ball. Note how right hip moves(sways to the right) and pelvis slides= FALSE BS TURN

    Compare that to standing straight and turning to shake hands with someone to your right, with your left hand. Rather than right hip moving laterally to the right, it moves toward the left.

  2. Kenny

    Dec 21, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    Trying to link movements of body parts together to try and make a swing is absurd.

  3. Don Toth

    Dec 18, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Really like Session 1 it’s a clear and simple plan for a start. Many students can get so far off track early in the swing motion. This give them a very clear plan to feel and execute right at the start of the movement.

    Very Nice!!

  4. Golf

    Dec 18, 2018 at 8:18 am

    I typically like Lucas but this is rubbish. Keep it simple and focus more on impact not the takeaway like Adam Young does. Better results, faster and simpler.

  5. geohogan

    Dec 17, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    x Factor might be valid if shoulder joints were simply blobs on the top end of the spine.

    The function of the scapula and clavicle allow a very free range of movement about the top of the torso.

    That range of motion has lead some to think that X factor means restricting hip turn… they would be wrong, leading to spine issues for countless golfers.

  6. Ray Bennett

    Dec 17, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Spot on advice. This is exactly what Bobby Jones did to start his backswing which he described in his publication Bobby Jones on Golf. It is great to see the old school instruction returning to the game.

    • smz

      Dec 17, 2018 at 5:50 pm

      … but it only applies to swings with a whippy hickory shafted club…!

    • geohogan

      Dec 23, 2018 at 12:32 pm

      @raybennett, if only it were true.

      Bobby Jones turned his torso (from hips to sternum turning together), using his feet and knees. There is no sway to the right.
      This video describes left hip moving closer to the ball. ie not a turn of the torso
      but a slide of hips back toward the right, which can only happen when shoulders tilt , left shoulder down. Its the False backswing made popular with the one plane swing, that ended the career of Mike Weir and others.

      Its easily proven. Stand straight and tilt the left shoulder down toward the ball. Note how right hip moves(sways to the right) and pelvis slides= FALSE BS TURN

      Compare that to standing straight and turning to shake hands with someone to your right, with your left hand. Rather than right hip moving laterally to the right, it moves toward the left.

  7. Raymond CHASTEL

    Dec 17, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Dear Mr Wald ,Nice and thorough presentation ,but I beg to differ:my right instep is firmly dug in the turf:then I start by pushing my left shoulder forward :I don’t move back as you show:my hips stay as straight as possible while the shoulders turn fully ,to create the differential HIPS-SHOULDERS (The X Factor ).The purpose is to coil the core to provide the maximum spring effect giving power.
    I’m 84 ,average build,5fet 9 ,160 pounds ,I play three /four times a week to a 7 Handicap on the FRENCH RIVERA ,all year round ,no winter,no winter greens over here

    • gaspard

      Dec 17, 2018 at 5:48 pm

      … and you drink beaujolais spritzers on your fremch golf course for nourishment and to combat thirst…. 😮

  8. Wyatt

    Dec 17, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Too many moving parts for me. When I take my setup, I make sure my left hip is slightly elevated and then I make my normal inside to out swing. The hips make a normal turn when doing that.

  9. Gary Slatter PGA

    Dec 17, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    1 and 2 were OK, I disagree with consciously turning your hips. They turn in response to your knees and shoulder turn, in my opinion.

    • smz

      Dec 17, 2018 at 5:52 pm

      …. and for some it’s the m a s s of the a s s according to Snead with his backswing squat that he carries into his downswing…..!

    • Jim

      Dec 18, 2018 at 10:05 pm

      No, turning shoulder pulls your ribs & torso. Does NOT necessarily make the hip turn. Bigger muscular golfers must make a coordinated hip turn to achieve the most they can get – and thin flexible people can get 100° of turn and not even notice they barely turned 25 degrees with their hips.

  10. MDH

    Dec 17, 2018 at 11:29 am

    I think you should demonstrate the hip turn showing it from the front and back view.

  11. smz

    Dec 16, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    WARNING: If your pot belly covers your belt buckle do not, I repeat, do not rotate your hips because that will twist your spine and your hanging pot belly will overstress your spine and cause lower back pain. Even a smaller protruding gut will hurt your spine sfter too many practice swings. You have been warned.

    • geohogan

      Dec 17, 2018 at 9:09 am

      HIps dont rotate. The knees move the hips.

      Prove it to yourself by tying a belt around your thighs above the knees so knees cant move.
      Now try turning your hips.

      Golf instruction that doesnt involve the knees leading the hips, is advocating shoulder tilt and hip slide…. a fake turn.

      • smz

        Dec 17, 2018 at 5:45 pm

        Okay, matey…. it’s the legs first that move the hips in a rotatory motion. Happy?

        • geohogan

          Dec 17, 2018 at 8:44 pm

          @smz, the legs move the torso. Hips happen to go along for the ride.
          Gary “The Swings the Thing” Slatter PGA knows.

          • smz

            Dec 17, 2018 at 10:38 pm

            torso –the trunk of the human body without, or considered independently of, the head and limbs.
            Hips are part of the torso… and the semi-flexible core separates the shoulders from the hips… called the X-Factor.

            • geohogan

              Dec 17, 2018 at 11:14 pm

              x Factor might be valid if shoulder joints were simply blobs on the top end of the spine.

              The function of the scapula and clavicle allow a very free range of movement about the top of the torso.

              That range of motion has lead some to think that X factor means restricting hip turn… they would be wrong, leading to spine issues for countless golfers.

            • geohogan

              Dec 18, 2018 at 3:14 pm

              http://www.oandplibrary.org/reference/uclamanual/UCLA-02.pdf

              When we use the full range of motion of the scapula and shoulder joint
              combined with turning of the torso 40-50 degrees, the so called X factor is easily
              achieved with sternum consistently aligned with the sagittal plane.
              ie little or no twisting of the spine.

            • geo

              Dec 18, 2018 at 3:37 pm

              http://www.oandplibrary.org/reference/uclamanual/UCLA-02.pdf

              The torso can be turned 40=50 degrees by the legs, knees and feet.

              The balance of BS, can be made by the shoulder joint and scapula without twisting the spine.
              ref. ROM above

              If the so called X factor is achieved by turning the upper torso more than the lower torso, injury to the spine will result.

      • Kenny

        Dec 21, 2018 at 11:33 pm

        Correct in that the hips don’t rotate independently, but the knees don’t move the hips. All motion stems from the feet. Sequence of motion in the joints is feet, ankles, knees, pelvis.

        • geohogan

          Dec 23, 2018 at 12:16 pm

          @kenny, agree totally, the hips dont rotate independently.(Hips have no means to move independently of lower limbs.)

          Suggest that sequence is feet, ankles, knees, torso(hips are moved with the torso).

          Once we understand this simply basic of human physiology, we must understand how foolish it is to think that we can possibly , “fire the hips”.

  12. Bert Gwaltney

    Dec 15, 2018 at 9:25 am

    OK, found the first segment. Thanks

  13. Bert Gwaltney

    Dec 15, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Introductions are OK, but should have included the first segment. I lost interest quickly.

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