Of all the words and all the talk about the different parts to the golf swing, let me tell you something that is extremely important when you’re trying to drive a golf ball. It’s important whether you’re using a driver or trying to hit a wedge shot.
Let me tell you the value of the left hip and what role it plays and what it means to “clear” your left hip, or get out of the way.
After you’ve addressed the golf ball and your feet, knees and hips and shoulders are all square to where you’re wanting to go, the right shoulder turns and the arms swing back. And now you’ve turned away from it and a lot of your weight is over on your right side.
Now you’re going to begin the downswing. Many weekend golfers start the downswing with the left hip moving towards the target. This is a problem golf swing.
Now, here are the two things that can happen if you do that.
From the top, if you move the hip towards the target, you’ll get inside too much and the club face won’t come back down on the arc. And, as you can tell, it’s going to take off and go to the right.
The other thing that happens as you start the downswing is that the body will stop and if the arms are quick, you’ll cross it over.
Better players hit this shot, which is a duck hook, and the weekend golfers usually hit a push.
So, here’s a great rule of thumb: the left hip, in the downswing, must go backwards. It goes around. It doesn’t go down.
So, when you start your downswing make sure that you get the left hip moving back and out of the way so the arms have a place to swing to.
Thanks and try that the next time out and I guarantee you this will help with your golf swing problem.
About the Author
Bobby Eldridge is a Teaching Golf Professional for the PurePoint Golf Academy where he teaches “The Simple Golf Swing” theory. You can check out PurePoint Golf here
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