It’s not a slide if you are turning.

Over the past 25 years I have heard hundreds of golfers not want to get their lower body moving properly because they have been inundated with people telling them not to slide.

While I agree a slide is bad, most people don’t slide, but they ruin their turn trying not to slide. I mostly see people make two mistakes here.

First I see them try and turn without letting their lower body go forward…and that usually results in an over the top slice.

Second, in trying not to slide, their lower body doesn’t turn at all and it’s an all upper body swing. This results in too many problems to list.

As long as you are turning your lower body/hips, you cannot do something that would be considered a slide.

Any time you try and restrict the movement of a body part, you end up creating tension and the swing won’t work in sync with excess tension. If you feel your zipper going a little bit toward the target, you are probably turning properly and not sliding.

This sends me on a tangent of a modern golf theory from a famous guru. Restricting the hip turn going back to increase power. BAD, BAD, BAD, IMO. Not only does that create tension, it often shuts down the hip turn and shoulder turn completely causing an all arms and hands swing.

It is my advice to never restrict the hip turn at any time in the swing.

Lastly, you don’t want your hip turn popping out of sync with you upper body. I know Bubba Watson does this, but he is an exception and if you try this, you are going to play bad golf and probably hurt yourself.

To summarize, just try and swing with fluidity, let everything turn together and keep it simple.

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    Completely disagree about the slide. Jimmy Ballard has long taught a slide and Natural Golf has a setup that almost demands a slide to have an effective weight shit.

    When you chop a tree, do you stand still and and turn with the ax or do you slide back and forth and turn?

    If you punch a wall, do you stand still and punch or do you slide back and forward and turn? Which would be the harder punch?

    Which is easier to shift your weight? A slide or a turn standing still?

    When a FG kicker kicks a FG does he stand still or does he run/slide to the ball?

    Padrick Harrington did an experiment hitting a driver. One by running/sliding into the ball and one standing still.

    He hit his drive 30 yards further running/sliding into the ball.

    You may say you lose accuracy.

    No.

    As long as you brace your forward leg on the swing (like a FG kicker or baseball player) you’ll be as accurate as hell.

    I am example. I have never hit the ball straighter or longer in my life since I started sliding. And you can learn to do it in a day. Why is it so easy?

    Because it is a natural move.

    Don’t be surprised to see a DVD of this within a year…

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      You didn’t disagree, you made my point. I am saying the weight needs to slide forward and it is not a slide if you body is rotating at the same time.

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    • meateater

      It’s a matter of degree. Most Tour players initiate their downswing with a subtle hip bump forward. Few, except for Ricky Barnes, have a big lateral move. The reasons are obvious and twofold. A big slide creates consistency issues, and it costs power. Actually, you don’t slide forward swinging an axe, throwing a punch, hitting a baseball or anything else that involves a circlular motion of the upper body. You initiate the move with a hip bump, then your hips rotate violently. Take an address position and pretend you are punching someone in the gut standing where the ball would be. I guarantee you rotate your hips. Look at the Swingvision on youtube of Camelio Villegas. Little guy can absolutely pound it. Amazing hip rotation.

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  2. Matt

    I agree Monte. Most people slide too much (heck I do it ALL the time). Most people hear the word weight shift and think it means slide with no turn = disaster.

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