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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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  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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The Wedge Guy: My top 5 practice tips



While there are many golfers who barely know where the practice (I don’t like calling it a “driving”) range is located, there are many who find it a place of adventure, discovery and fun. I’m in the latter group, which could be accented by the fact that I make my living in this industry. But then, I’ve always been a “ball beater,” since I was a kid, but now I approach my practice sessions with more purpose and excitement. There’s no question that practice is the key to improvement in anything, so today’s topic is on making practice as much fun as playing.

As long as I can remember, I’ve loved the range, and always embrace the challenge of learning new ways to make a golf ball do what I would like it to do. So, today I’m sharing my “top 5” tips for making practice fun and productive.

  1. Have a mission/goal/objective. Whether it is a practice range session or practice time on the course, make sure you have a clearly defined objective…how else will you know how you’re doing? It might be to work on iron trajectory, or finding out why you’ve developed a push with your driver. Could be to learn how to hit a little softer lob shot or a knockdown pitch. But practice with a purpose …always.
  2. Don’t just “do”…observe.  There are two elements of learning something new.  The first is to figure out what it is you need to change. Then you work toward that solution. If your practice session is to address that push with the driver, hit a few shots to start out, and rather than try to fix it, make those first few your “lab rats”. Focus on what your swing is doing. Do you feel anything different? Check your alignment carefully, and your ball position. After each shot, step away and process what you think you felt during the swing.
  3. Make it real. To just rake ball after ball in front of you and pound away is marginally valuable at best. To make practice productive, step away from your hitting station after each shot, rake another ball to the hitting area, then approach the shot as if it was a real one on the course. Pick a target line from behind the ball, meticulously step into your set-up position, take your grip, process your one swing thought and hit it. Then evaluate how you did, based on the shot result and how it felt.
  4. Challenge yourself. One of my favorite on-course practice games is to spend a few minutes around each green after I’ve played the hole, tossing three balls into various positions in an area off the green. I don’t let myself go to the next tee until I put all three within three feet of the hole. If I don’t, I toss them to another area and do it again. You can do the same thing on the range. Define a challenge and a limited number of shots to achieve it.
  5. Don’t get in a groove. I was privileged enough to watch Harvey Penick give Tom Kite a golf lesson one day, and was struck by the fact that he would not let Tom hit more than five to six shots in a row with the same club. Tom would hit a few 5-irons, and Mr. Penick would say, “hit the 8”, then “hit the driver.” He changed it up so that Tom would not just find a groove. That paved the way for real learning, Mr. Penick told me.

My “bonus” tip addresses the difference between practicing on the course and keeping a real score. Don’t do both. A practice session is just that. On-course practice is hugely beneficial, and it’s best done by yourself, and at a casual pace. Playing three or four holes in an hour or so, taking time to hit real shots into and around the greens, will do more for your scoring skills than the same amount of range time.

So there you have my five practice tips. I’m sure I could come up with more, but then we always have more time, right?

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The Wedge Guy: Anyone can be a better wedge player by doing these simple things



As someone who has observed rank-and-file recreational golfers for most of my life – over 50 years of it, anyway – I have always been baffled by why so many mid- to high-handicap golfers throw away so many strokes in prime scoring range.

For this purpose, let’s define “prime scoring range” as the distance when you have something less than a full-swing wedge shot ahead of you. Depending on your strength profile, that could be as far as 70 to 80 yards or as close as 30 to 40 yards. But regardless of whether you are trying to break par or 100, your ability to get the ball on the green and close enough to the hole for a one-putt at least some of the time will likely be one of the biggest factors in determining your score for the day.

All too often, I observe golfers hit two or even three wedge shots from prime scoring range before they are on the green — and all too often I see short-range pitch shots leave the golfer with little to no chance of making the putt.

This makes no sense, as attaining a level of reasonable proficiency from short range is not a matter of strength profile at all. But it does take a commitment to learning how to make a repeating and reliable half-swing and doing that repeatedly and consistently absolutely requires you to learn the basic fundamentals of how the body has to move the club back and through the impact zone.

So, let’s get down to the basics to see if I can shed some light on these ultra-important scoring shots.

  • Your grip has to be correct. For the club to move back and through correctly, your grip on the club simply must be fundamentally sound. The club is held primarily in the last three fingers of the upper hand, and the middle two fingers of the lower hand. Period. The lower hand has to be “passive” to the upper hand, or the mini-swing will become a quick jab at the ball. For any shot, but particularly these short ones, that sound grip is essential for the club to move through impact properly and repeatedly.
  • Your posture has to be correct. This means your body is open to the target, feet closer together than even a three-quarter swing, and the ball positioned slightly back of center.
  • Your weight should be distributed about 70 percent on your lead foot and stay there through the mini-swing.
  • Your hands should be “low” in that your lead arm is hanging naturally from your shoulder, not extended out toward the ball and not too close to the body to allow a smooth turn away and through. Gripping down on the club is helpful, as it gets you “closer to your work.
  • This shot is hit with a good rotation of the body, not a “flip” or “jab” with the hands. Controlling these shots with your body core rotation and leading the swing with your body core and lead side will almost ensure proper contact. To hit crisp pitch shots, the hands have to lead the clubhead through impact.
  • A great drill for this is to grip your wedge with an alignment rod next to the grip and extending up past your torso. With this in place, you simply have to rotate your body core through the shot, as the rod will hit your lead side and prevent you from flipping the clubhead at the ball. It doesn’t take but a few practice swings with this drill to give you an “ah ha” moment about how wedge shots are played.
  • And finally, understand that YOU CANNOT HIT UP ON A GOLF BALL. The ball is sitting on the ground so the clubhead has to be moving down and through impact. I think one of the best ways to think of this is to remember this club is “a wedge.” So, your simple objective is to wedge the club between the ball and the ground. The loft of the wedge WILL make the ball go up, and the bounce of the sole of the wedge will prevent the club from digging.

So, why is mastering the simple pitch shot so important? Because my bet is that if you count up the strokes in your last round of golf, you’ll likely see that you left several shots out there by…

  • Either hitting another wedge shot or chip after having one of these mid-range pitch shots, or
  • You did not get the mid-range shot close enough to even have a chance at a makeable putt.

If you will spend even an hour on the range or course with that alignment rod and follow these tips, your scoring average will improve a ton, and getting better with these pitch shots will improve your overall ball striking as well.

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Clement: Don’t overlook this if you want to find the center of the face




It is just crazy how golfers are literally beside themselves when they are placed in a properly aligned set up! They feel they can’t swing or function! We take a dive into why this is and it has to do with how the eyes are set up in the human skull!

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