How the Hips Turn in the Down Swing

You Turn Not Slide in the Golf Swing!

Many a golf swing has been ruined with an over emphasis of the transfer of weight forward on the down swing.  It’s not a slide or thrust to the front foot, it’s a turn or clearing motion of the hips with the sensation being the left cheek of your fanny is heading toward your right heel.  (I explain further in the video below).

I went to see Chi Chi Rodriguez do a golf clinic because Paul Haun Jr., (famous trick shot artist that helped me improve my show) said to go see Chi Chi if you get a chance.  If nothing else you’ll steal some great jokes, and I did!

Not expecting it, I took away something even better than the great joke.  A golfer from the gallery asked, “Well Chi Chi, when do you transfer your weight on the down swing?”  To my surprise Chi Chi said, “there is no transfer of weight on the down swing.”  The crowd let out one of those OOHHHHH like a missed putt.  That shows how much misinformation is out there that has been ingrained in the minds of so many golfers.  Here’s another one, “keep your head down!”

Chic Chi went on to say that the golf swing is a rotary motion around a single axis which is the base of the spine. Chi Chi was right on target and take it for Gospel. Why?  Because it’s not often a Cuban agrees with a Porto Rican!  Cubans make better Rum too!

Yes there is a transfer of weight or balance by virtue of the upper body tilt, not the lower body shifting.  In fact, with the proper turn on the back swing, you will feel as if you’re loaded on your left heel but a scale will make a liar out of us because your weight will be on your back foot.  Just like a baseball player throwing a ball from center field to home plate, he tilts back not slide back to throw the ball.

Here’s a video that explains this further.  If you’re not sure where your weight is shifting send us a video of your golf swing for a FREE analysis.  For instructions go to https://quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/online-golf-lesson-free/

Would Like More Lag In Your Golf Down Swing

Many golfers search for lag in the their down swing.

Lag is NOT essential for great golf.  As you will see in the video Rocco Mediate as very little lag in his downswing and yet he plays fantastic golf.  He also smokes really good Cigars.  Rocky Patel Decades.  Don’t say anything but he might be getting some real Cubans from Jimenez but don’t say anything please.

golf-lagLag is actually called “angular acceleration.”  The greater the angle the faster one must move to keep up.  This is found in marching a column left or right.  Maybe you’ve seen ice skaters spinning in a circle and the last skater has to hustle to catch up to the circle of skaters.

How about a race track for runners where you see staggered starting points because the outside runner would be covering a longer circumference unless you move them forward.

In order to produce lag in the golf swing one must have a separation of the arms FROM the body on the down swing.  Because the arms are as if they were on the outside lane of the track above, they must have a head start because they have more real estate to cover.  Yes yes I know about the connected theory.  It works for some folks like Rocco.

Your chest and upper body have such a short distance to reach the finish line which is impact with the ball, that the arms need a considerable head start with the longer golf clubs like the driver and not as much with the short irons.

Watch this video of a very kind student Ed Schneck that allowed me to use his excellent example of lag in his down swing that he was not even trying to produce.

This Golf Video Will Give You Hope

That’s what we all need as golfers, Hope!

Hit one good drive on 18 and you’re ready to forget the entire day and look forward to your next round of golf when you will finally have your golf swing all under control.  Good luck!  You will never have your golf swing under control for long.  That is the beauty of the game of golf.

One thing you can do to increase your chances of enjoying more good golf shots than bad, is by incorporating proper practice habits.  Practicing the right things the right way will produce results.  Persistence needs to be in any successful practice recipe.

One of our fine lesson members Kevin Hood showed all the above mentioned traits after years of disappointment with his golf swing.  Kevin was a very good baseball player and a pull hitter which I believe added to his frustration.  Pull hitters in baseball need to clear their chest first on the forward swing which is poison for the golf swing.  I often tell baseball players to feel as if you’re hitting to the opposite field and get the bat out in front of you before you turn your body.  Much easier said than done because many of our past baseball playing students had played baseball for a long time.  Their swing habits are well ingrained from years of baseball.

Take a look at this video of Kevin’s golf swing before and after.  Incredible improvement for someone that was about to hang himself in frustration. This example demonstrates how one must push forward no matter what the difficulty until you get it.  Sometimes it just takes a light to go on when you least expect it.  Winners never quit and quitters never win!  Here’s the video.

Golf Down Swing Sergio Garcia Style

Golf Down Swing Sergio Garcia Style

Now please pay attention because those of you that have been taking lessons with me in the past have heard me hammer this concept again and again. What have I been saying?

Here’ how some of the BEST players in the world describe their down swing.

  1. Tiger Woods, “I feel like my arms are dropping out of the sky in front of my chest.”
  2. Al Geiberger, “I feel like I’m ringing a bell.”
  3. Davis Love III, “My Dad taught me to pound a stake in the ground.”
  4. Ben Hogan, “I feel like I’m pulling and arrow out of the quiver.”
  5. Jack Nicklaus, “I feel like I have to get the club to the ball before the buttons of my shirt get there.”
  6. Now here’s Sergio Garcia saying, “My Father told me to feel like pulling a chain down with both hands.”

sergio-garcia-golf-down-swing-lagSo many golfers buy in to the drive with the legs, transfer your weight to your front foot etc. etc.  All causing nothing but frustration because of the added motion of the body sending the golf club off path, not to mention killing your lag or as the engineers put it, “angular acceleration”.

Here’s a picture of Sergio from the article in Golf Digest February 2016.  The complete article is on page 16.  He also adds that “it’s important to NOT be in a hurry to get down to the ball.”  Another thing you will notice form the article is that Sergio is actually flat footed at impact.  It reminds of the drill Butch was doing with Tiger years ago back when Tiger was dominating.  Hmmmmmm?

Butch had Tiger hit four iron punch shots while maintaining his right foot on the instep at the finish. Why?  To slow the hips down!  Butch probably knew Tiger’s left knee was not going to stand up to such abuse emanating from the hips.

Alright I get it now, what do I do????

Step 1: You’ve got to get tilted properly at the top of the back swing.  You need these two drills.  The elbow drill    The handle bar drill

If you don’t get to the proper tilt at the top of the back swing you can pull down all you want and it won’t work!  You’ll be screaming obscenities at the Cuban when it ain’t my fault.  You need to practice this in front of a mirror and now that there’s snow outside there’s no better time to drill this move into submission.  Slowly and deliberately in front of a full length mirror.

Step 2: Work on getting the arms started first on the downswing.  I suggest not pulling so hard or in a hurry.  Feel your arms move slowly with your body staying perfectly still.  Sure when you hit a golf ball your body will move but for the purpose of the drill, just move only your arms and get your arms to move independent of your body.  (Oh yea, forget that connected baloney you read about in magazines or seen on TV)

Do the 2 o’clock drill and Swoosh drill

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Below is an old analysis I did of Sergio.  Maybe that will help you too?