TILT them then TURN them...Can it really be that easy?
Tilt them then turn them...can it be that simple?
written by: Adam Stevenson
If you are an avid golfer and have been around the game of golf long enough then you have most likely heard that when it comes to the golf swing "it's all in the hips".
Catchy phrases like that one and others like "tilt from the hips and the rest is for free" are a great way for us to keep things simple and to remember them. But what do they mean? The golf swing is quite a complex movement and it can't really be all that simple, can it?
Perhaps it can be.
The hips have many roles!
But first I'd like for you to search for some of my earlier articles and videos on GolfWRX where I go into more depth on how physical limitations can prevent how well our hips and in general how well our bodies can work and move in our golf swings.
Here's the thing, the hips play many roles and undertake many functions in our golf swings.
For example, by creating a good forward bend from the hips we are able to create good angles in our body so that when we make our golf swings, we are able to use our body more efficiently. Golf is afterall played from a bent over position due to the simple fact that the ball is on the ground. Therefore if you are one of those golfers that believes you should be addressing the ball as if you were sitting on a bar stole, please stop immediately. Or at least wait until you get to hole 19, by then you have at least earned the right to sit on that bar stole.
Bending forward from the hips correctly is all about creating the angles necessary to make an efficient golf swing from a bent over position. Please check out my earlier material about how to create great posture to learn more about this.
How to turn the hips!
Another hugely important roll the hips play in the golf swing and what I want to share with you in this article is rotation.
YES, we need to turn our hips in our golf swings. If we aren't turning our hips efficiently then we are unable to turn our body efficiently which can cause us to move in a limited range of motion. By limiting our range of motion we are in essence putting limits on how well we can move. Of course we are all different, but most of the golfers I have had the oppurtunity to work with would benefit greatly from gaining a little bit more range of movement in their body's while making their golf swings.
The hips are the transmission!
I like to think of the hips as the transmission of the golf swing. This is because they attach our lower body to our upper body through our pelvis. The muscles that support our pelvis are what most of us would call our "core" muscles, and as I've mentioned in some of my earlier articles the "core" is the "king" of the golf swing. So if you think of your core or the mid section of your body as the motor in your golf swing then the hips are the transmission. The hips, when used correctly can allow massive amounts of energy to transfer from the ground up through the legs and through the pelvis up to the upper torso and arms to help create power and speed in the clubhead through the hitting area in our golf swing.
So by using your hips correctly you have the potential to get your motor running so that you can drive energy from the ground out to the clubhead in your golf swing. Which means, if you want to learn how to drive the ball further, then why not start by using your hips correctly to drive energy more efficiently through your body first.
My 2 favorite #1 tips that will help you turn your hips in the back swing!
Even though you don't hit the ball in the back swing, if you don't use your hips correctly in the back swing you will be forced to compensate throughout the rest of your swing. When you are forced to compensate, then you won't be able to fire the segments of the body correctly which can lead to two potential disasters:
#1. you won't be able to utilize your body's potential.
#2. when compensating your body will most likely be put under more strain which can lead to injury.
In this video, I demonstrate my 2 favorite #1 exercises that will help you gain a feeling of how the hips should work in the back swing.
How did it go?
Learning how to turn your hips more efficiently is going to be a huge piece of the puzzle in helping you to improve your golf swing. So if you are a "swayer" or a "slider" or just generally have a misconception of how the hips should work in the golf swing, then giving these two exercises a try will be a breath of fresh air for you.
The only thing left now is for you to gain some ownership in turning your hips more efficiently. This can only be done by putting in the time.
So practice, but keep in mind, practice doesn't make perfect, practice makes progress. So get out to the practice facility's and work on gaining great hip turn in your golf swing so that you can officially say with a complete understanding when your playing partners ask for advice that "it's all in the hips".
Thank you and good luck.