Hip Turn

Most golfer are familiar with the term swaying or lateral movement in the golf swing.  When this occurs, you lose distance and control because you haven’t created the proper torque.  Torque is the coiling and uncoiling of your upper body.

To create torque (coil) on the back swing, your hips should turn or rotate back, in a circular path, approximately 20 to 40 degrees, while your shoulders make a 90 degree turn. This is done by rotating around a consistent spine angle.

On the down swing, you uncoil by first rotating you hips back to there normal position and on round to where your belt buckle is facing your target line.  Your upper body and arms will follow. No matter what type of swing you have, whether you’re a beginner or advanced golfer, this basic element of the golf swing never changes.

Watch the PGA Tour players, their hips rotate around a consistent spine angle.  They have very little or no hip movement straight back or straight forward along the target line.  They turn their hips around their spine.  Like they’re swinging inside a barrel.

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