All these lessons are relevant to a right handed
golfer therefore a left handed golfer should simply
reverse any reference for body actions.
In this lesson we are dealing with the function of
the lower part of the body, therefore you must thoroughly
learn the actions of the lower body during the golf swing
before moving onto the next logical lesson which is what
the functions of the upper body unit.
During the back swing movement, the hips
play a resistive role, but during the down swing and
the follow through movement the hips adopt a totally
dominant role over the rotational movement of the compact
upper body unit, therefore it is vital that the set
up of the lower part of the body is correct,
so take your time with
this section and practice, practice, practice this movement
because you must ensure that every time you address
the ball, the muscles of your lower body are held in
this firm condition so that two conditions are met:-
(1) The hips do not willingly rotate away from the frontal
(2) You are conscious of the need to stop the hips swaying
during the back swing movement.
During the down swing movement, you
have to teach yourself to rotate the hips towards the
target area before the upper body begins to move, but
you must also learn to rotate the hips without any swaying
of the hips whatsoever - whilst the compact upper body
unit remains in a totally passive condition.
Therefore throughout the complete golf swing movement
any rotational/pivotal movement of the hips must be
performed whilst firmly held over a point directly over
the centre of your stance.
If you move on to the next lesson
too quickly you will not make the progress that you desire.
Therefore there are few basic principles of the
lower part of the body that must be adhered if you wish
to play very good golf.
The first is that the muscles of the legs, the thighs
and the buttocks must be held in a firm condition throughout
the golf swing in order resist the hips from rotating
away from the frontal facing position, and secondly,
it is absolutely vital that the hips are not allowed
to sway away from the original address position, not
even a fraction of an inch and thirdly, the right leg
must never ever become fully straightened as you perform
the back swing movement.
Similarly, during the down swing
and the follow through movement you must try to totally
eliminate any swaying movement of the hips whilst they
rotate towards the target area.
(Any swaying movement of the
hips during the down swing/follow through movement will
probably cause the whole body to move ahead of the original
address position at the moment the club head strike
the ball thus causing the ball to slice.)
If you look carefully at the video
that I have made, concentrate on my right hip and compare
it with the back ground. You will see that my hips do
not sway away from the original address position for even
a fraction of an inch as I perform the back swing movement
- this is how firmly you must learn to hold the hips whilst
performing the back swing movement.
I cannot stress too strongly how important it is to
keep these muscles in a firm condition at all times
In addition, whilst the muscles are held in this firm
condition, you must ensure that the hips remain centralised
over the centre of your stance at all times, especially
as the back swing movement is performed, which can only
be successfully done by keeping the heel of the left foot
firmly planted on the ground throughout the complete back
You must definitely not allow the heel of the left foot
to lift off the ground during the back swing movement.
In addition, it is also important to understand that
the legs must remain in a flexed condition from the moment
you begin to back swing, right through to the completion
of the golf swing movement - and only at the very end
of the golf swing movement should the left leg be allowed
Have a look at the frontal
video and side view
video of the leg action and note how the flex of the
legs maintained throughout the majority of the golf swing
movement. Whilst you are looking at these videos, also
notice that my left heel does not lift off the ground
during the back swing movement.
You must concentrate very hard in order to stop the
hips from swaying away from the original address position
during the back swing movement and also stop them from
swaying towards the target area during the down swing
/follow through movement.
If you do nothing else but follow my instructions
regarding the lower body, your golf will still improve
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