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Hips

Hips as it refers to the golf swing and this site is the motion the hips make during both the backswing and downswing swing. It is important to have a proper pivot with the hips and utilize them for power. Having too much hip movement in the golf swing can backfire and result in a loss of distance and accuracy, but having the hips work correctly can maximize both.

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  • Great Players Generate Speed the Same Way

    All great ball strikers generate speed the same way in the golf swing. This is called the kinematic sequence. What this sequence defines is the transfer of energy from your hips to your shoulders and then to your arms and finally to the ball. After your hips fire in the downswing they will start to slow and then the energy is transferred into your shoulders. Your shoulders do the same. They accelerate using the energy from the hips and as they slow, they then transfer the energy into your arms which fire and transfer the speed and energy into the ball. In order to have a proper kinematic sequence you need to have the flexibility and strength in the various body parts involved.

  • Your Pivot is Your Engine

    Allow your hips to keep pivoting towards the target. Think of your pivot as the engine for your swing. It's where you get your power and acceleration. The faster you pivot, the faster the clubhead will come through the ball. If your pivot stops or slows too soon, your hands will take over. This forces an early release of the clubhead. Loss of power and control result.

  • Address the Ball With Your Rear Side Lower

    When addressing the ball, make sure that your rear side sits lower at address just as your rear hand sits lower on the grip. Your hips and shoulders should run parallel to each other and tilt away from your target. This means your right hip and your right shoulder will sit lower than your left hip and left shoulder at address. Setting up in this manner facilitates and inside/out take away, so it's a great thing to double check if you are having problems swinging outside/in.

  • Keep Your Pivot Going

    When chipping, make sure to allow your hips and shoulders to pivot through the shot. When your pivot keeps moving and stays ahead of your hands you won't flip the club through impact. When your hips and shoulders stop moving, the energy has to go somewhere so it runs into your hands causing them to accelerate too early. This results in an early release which can cause fat shots, thin shots and scooped shots.

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