The main problem with golf is that people are pushing instead of pulling—pushing back (sway), and pushing down. On the other hand, one Internet guru told me to PULL on my backswing. And, another Internet guru gave me permission to PULL on the way down.
Does it really matter if we pull or push? Yes, it does. People say that we should use the “big” muscles in a golf swing. These big muscles work by pulling, so pulling is bio-mechanically correct.
They never tell us where these big muscles are, but they are primarily in your back.
Back??? That does it! A person’s back is way too fragile to even consider using in a golf swing! Or, is it? For one thing, if you’ve ever rowed a boat, you’re using your back muscles quite a bit. Those back muscles are what you use in a golf swing.
WARNING: if you have a bad back, or are afraid, then stop reading now. You will never be able to use the same mechanism that a pro uses.
If you want to turn, then your back is involved. Your external & internal oblique muscles are powerful turning muscles, and if you do some research, you’ll discover that their fan-like fibers extend all the way around the sides to the Lower Back.
But, a golf turn has something a lot more powerful going for it: namely the widest and most powerful muscle in your back, the latissimus dorsi, or Lats. And, the Lats just happen to be attached to your upper arms!
Lats help a person do just about everything, but of particular interest is the Posterior Oblique Sling …in other words, golfing!
You might want to check out this picture:
As a right-hander, I personally like the golf feeling that my right-side Lat muscle is pulling on the backswing, stretching the Lat on the other side, which then pulls the downswing. (And, of course my external and internal obliques are aiding the rotation—it’s unconscious, and it’s called the anterior oblique sling)
Bottom line: the conscious turning is accomplished from the sides and back, not from the front. And, it happens lower than shoulders, and higher than the hips (which are both just joints and bones, and are just along for the ride).
I like to PULL the turn and PULL the handle in sync. Lats are a primary mover in both actions. It’s the Posterior Oblique Sling. You can go here, scroll down, and read about it: LINK
If you want to see somebody do it, watch these guys:
Anyone got a better idea?