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Big body turns for better swings

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Improve your torso rotations and the rest will follow

This article has been co-written with Tom Motley. Based in the U.K, Tom coaches an impressive and ever growing stable of elite players. His evidence and data lead approach yields tangible results for all abilities of golfer. You can check out his website here and instagram page here.

In my experience, most golfers these days are looking at their golf swings on a regular basis. For the golfer who takes an interest in their golf beyond playing once a week, YouTube seems to be the source of most people’s information for “tips” and “swing fixes”. You could spend days trolling through “how to fix a slice” videos and “how to gain more distance” and end up in a whole world of trouble. In fact I’ve gone on record saying if it weren’t for YouTube swing fixes I’d be out of a job, as coaches who work in person are the ones clearing up the messes golfers have gotten themselves into.

There are many reasons why there is no substitute for face to face coaching sessions, but I think the main one is being able to offer direct and immediate feedback to ensure the student doesn’t get the wrong concept of the movement they’re attempting. We all know feel and real can be very different and this why I’m very keen to give my clients movement exercises that they can do anytime and anywhere, not just in a golf context. This helps to ensure they’re training improved movement patterns, not just training a swing once or twice a week if they get the chance practice. 

When it comes to what I believe is the most important part in any good golf swing, it has to be moving the big stuff well, I’m talking torso and lower half movements. To me, irrespective of what the hands and arms are doing, if the body isn’t moving optimally, then it’s my first port of call. For anyone who has followed my instagram page you’ll see I often use a specific training aid to help students develop the feel of the correct movements of the torso and create a stable lower half; the key ingredients in a good golf swing. If you can rotate the torso in a simple and efficient way and stabilise the swing with a solid base, then I’m a firm believer that the arms will do a far better job than if the body is not “moving well”.

This is where the GravityFit TPro comes in, it has so many different applications, but I mainly use it to simply help the clients understand and gain feedback on torso movement in the back-swing and through-swing. When they have that understanding, they can go away and work on a daily basis on improving their movement patterns and ensuring there is good connection between the arms and torso. It’s by no means a miracle cure (we all know that’s a fantasy) but in my experience the changes to rotation and connection for clients are far more likely when they firstly get the feedback and then are able to work on it daily, away from the coach or golf scenario.

So if you’re really looking to start improving your action for the upcoming golf season, then consider getting some feedback on how your torso moves, then repeat, repeat, repeat the movement pattern until it’s automatic. You’ll find that a simpler and more effective way of improving your ball striking than constantly tinkering with the small stuff.

You can start that process right here, ideally using a GravityFit TPro but substituting for a resistance band if you don’t have one yet. This can also be used as a really simple but effective way to warm up before practice and play.

 1. Start by getting into good posture

– stretch tall in an upright position and set your shoulders back (feeling 3 points of contact if using the TPro).
– palms up and arms turned out at 45° to your spine
– squat a couple of inches and hinge forward into a golf set up position


2. Rotate the chest keeping the pelvis and legs still to a point where you can rotate no more, you’ll feel the pressure in the feet shift slightly toward the heel of your trail foot.

3. Soften hips to allow them to rotate into a full turn.

4. Mirror for the follow through to create a nice simple pivot. 
You can check out Tom’s articles on his website or follow him on instagram

More info on the equipment featured can be found here

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Nick Randall is a Strength and Conditioning Coach, Presenter, Rehab Expert and Massage Therapist contracted by PGA Tour Players. Nick is also a GravityFit Brand Ambassador. He is working with them to help spread their innovative message throughout the golf world and into other sports.

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  1. geohogan

    May 9, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    For right hand swinger, if left shoulder doesnt elevate in BS, there wont be a full shoulder turn. Rather shoulders will tilt and hips will slide.

    When left shoulder elevates the shoulder will rub against the chin at top of BS, a sign of a full turn, IMO.

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