If you have no lateral hip movement

you are going to stink at golf.

Yet another cliche that has killed much of the golfing public. Like I said in another post and video, it’s not a slide if you are turning. For the “don’t slide” crowd…show me one video of a famous player where their downswing didn’t start with a lateral hip move.

That is how you get everything to turn in sync…and how the lower body leads.

The lateral hip move will curb OTT, chunks, hanging back, goat humping and about anything else you can think of.




  1. Christian

    This one is hard for me. Whenever I feel lateral hip movement, it is really my whole body (head included). When I try to exagerate the lateral hip movement and keep my head back, my right shoulder goes under and my clubface opens way up. Anybody have suggestions for feels that have worked for them for this issue?

    The snow let up for a bit up here and I finally got out for a few rounds. My irons were great, but driver / woods were going 90 degrees right (I think related to above). Unfortunately we just got another 5 inches of snow :-(. I may have to move…

    • Monte Scheinblum

      It’s all about feeling that tilt behind the ball at impact. It’s a foreign feel and that’s why it’s hard to do.

      It’s almost as if your lower body goes toward the target and your upper body away from it.

      • Doug B

        Byron Nelson used to say that he felt as if his head was moving back away from the target on his downswing. He may not have actually done that when he made the first move down from the top, but that was his feel. I found that if I swing with that thought it helps to capture the feel you are alluding to here. Video shows that my head doesn’t actually move back, but if I feel it is it really helps me to “hit the ball from behind” and maintain the spine tilt through impact.

  2. SteelyDan

    Monte, I am happy you put more emphasis on the lateral hip move these days, something that must not be ingnored when concentrating on shoulder turn. Apparently all good players do it.

    Christian, I fully understand your problem. I guess the key is the proper movement of the feet and legs. I feel a lateral hip move must be initiated by them. I like the feeling of the left heel coming off the ground in the backswing, then going back down in the transition (imagine a lateral step towards the target). Do this and keep your head over the ball, it might help you a lot.


    • Monte Scheinblum

      Nice thoughts SD. As always, my ideas are evolving. Hopefully into an easier and more natural approach every day.

      • Christian

        Thanks guys. I just played around with both suggestions and I think something clicked. I’ll keep working on it.

  3. BP

    The best drill I found for helping with the hip slide is to take a basketball or something similar in size and lock it between your upper thighs at address. Then, take a swing and when you transition move your left leg targetwise and let the ball drop to the floor.

  4. s.

    “show me one video of a famous player where their downswing didn’t start with a lateral hip move.”

    Domenic Mazza?

    Here’s a video from him, above & behind. If you go to about :50 on the video, you get it in slow-mo.

    The question is, is he moving his hips FIRST, or is that tied together with what happens above? I don’t see an independent hip move.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBz8yZ38pBo Domenic Mazza

    You might see something else. But, logically speaking, could Mazza be making an independent hip move and still remain rock-solid on his left foot? And without messing up his timing?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjPaWeo0kVA&feature=related (1:51) analyst

    Whatever is happening with Mazza’s hips, I see it as integrated with everything else, not independent.

    A careless reading of your post might make somebody think you are advocating Tiger’s “Olé!” swing (which you cured me of, by the way).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HMgsGbqWOs&feature=related Tiger

    • Monte Scheinblum

      A long drive swing and a good golf swing are apples and oranges. That is why all of these false ideas to create power are bad for the general public and good golf.

      World class long drives spend hours and hours on the range trying to create funny angles to find a few more yards. I did this as well.

      You can not use that to make exception here.

      When I said famous, I meant good golfers.

  5. Andrew

    Interesting Monte.

    When I try to shift my hips laterally everything goes pear shaped but I know that I do it when I swing well. Sometimes I think of Bobby Jones’ advice to start the backswing with the right hip and the downswing with the left hip. This seems to create a small lateral shift in the hips at about the right time.

    I think it is important not to make the lateral shift be the start of the downswing – I much prefer to think of turning back and then turning through – much what happens when one uses the plane and release by feel exercise.

    Andrew from Addis


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