Secondary spine tilt

or tilt away from the target is important for many reasons.

Basically, the arms need room. They work down from the top of the swing (which is what creates the downward strike on an iron), but level in relation to the inclined spine.

If you have no tilt at impact, arms working level to the inclined spine are too steep. Fat and or deep divots are the result unless your body compensates.

Early extension, casting and chicken wings are a few examples.

Spine tilt at impact creates room for the arms to work level to the inclined spine, speed up and create speed and shaft lean without a steep angle of attack.

Having some at address and at the top of the swing makes it easier to have it at impact.

For those that care, this is how you get lag, shaft lean and compression (HATE THOSE TERMS). Secondary tilt creates room for lag without a steep angle of attack and gives you room to release it properly.

It is beyond me why this is such a complicated concept that much of the instruction industry seems to turn an obtuse eye.

Only 99%+ of golfers who ever played the tour had it. Everyone wants to study the anomalies of tour swings to find the magic move…why not call the magic move the one thing that is nearly universal?

Properly created secondary spine tilt.

How much do you have to have?

Some. An 85 year old man I am teaching can do it. If you can bend 1* to the side, you have the skills and don’t need a 3 hour a day TPI stretching and strengthening routine.

How do you get it?

Make a small shift into the left side in transition while keeping the head/sternum back.

You don’t need a degree in physics or kinesiology to understand this.

You need three things.

1. An open mind
2. The sense of sight
3. Access to youtube

Put any name all time and you will find all of them have tilt coming into impact and at impact…even with a wedge. The worm raping Darren Clarke not withstanding.

A side benefit. Secondary tilt creates more room for the hips to turn. Especially if you had a small lateral shift and didn’t fire the hips too early in transition…but that’s another story.




  1. Mark

    I sometimes push the ball while working in the secondary tilt, can you comment on what I should do about that?

    Thanks for all your work on this site it is great for helping me with the golf swing!

    • Monte Scheinblum

      More ST shifts path to right. Body needs time to adjust.

      • bill

        Regarding the shift to the left in transition. I wonder if this could be related to another concept that many of us have difficulty with and that is swinging from the ground up. If you are properly balanced at the top with ankle, knee and hip flexion and extend your right leg as the first move in transition (as if you were going to jump) while not allowing the head to rise up, you will find that the hips move in the direction of 10:30. That is toward the center of the left turn from our rotated position at the top of the backswing. I think that this is swinging from the ground up and this simple move naturally results in the correct left shift. Ski racers use this move with every carved turn to move their hips to the inside of a turn to increase edge angle and ski grip – in ski circles it is referred to as the squeeze box effect. When we maintain our spine angle while extending the pressured right foot/leg the hips shift left everytime.

  2. Mark

    I do have trouble rotating my hips, I’ll try the right leg push at the range next time I’m there

  3. Rex

    Great post, Monte! I’m embarrassed to say it, but I think I finally, finally get it. A few years ago when I did the video lessons with you, I didn’t get it and thought if I did the secondary spine tilt as you recommended, I would hit the ball fatter than I already did. As you say, it is counter-intuitive for some reason for some golfers, like me. After reading this post, I went to the range a couple of times to practice with more secondary spine tilt and it seemed to work well. Played a round yesterday and hit every fairway for the first time in my life, hit more GIR than I usually do and played better than I have in 6 months. Thank you! One of my New Year’s resolutions is to start doing the video lessons again with you.


    • Monte Scheinblum

      Like they say, better late then never.

      Sent from my iPhone


  4. Jordan

    Hi Monte, thanks so much for your blog, really amazing stuff.

    I have a question regarding secondary spine tilt. In one of your videos you talk about the problems people have with thinking that the hips need to lead the body through the swing. You think this causes them to hang back and come too far from the inside. Instead we should be getting to the top in sync and then rotating everything through in unison. The hips lead because they rotated less during the back swing.

    I agree 100%

    However, how do I add in secondary spine tilt during the downswing and into impact without hanging back, coming from the inside and hitting to right field? I feel like I’m missing something. Is is possible to have a big amount of secondary spine tilt at impact and hit big cuts? I think the answer to that is absolutely yes but I cannot feel it because adding in spine tilt is causing me to hang back and come in from the inside.

    I would really appreciate your thoughts on this matter


    • Monte S.

      Right shoulder needs to work out more.

  5. luck box

    When you transition to the left side do you feel as though you are “sitting slightly into the left side” or is it something different?

  6. mstair

    “I have found that we “non-athletes” are prone to three mistakes in stance and posture. They are ones that result in high scores and a very dissatisfying day on the course. Ben Hogan says that lowering the club-head to its behind-the-ball position should be done by taking a “semi-sitting-action” similar to sitting down on a spectator sports stick. This would be a very familiar action to Ben. After Ben’s car accident, his caddy carried one in his golf bag; Ben would use it during wait times on the tees. These days, most of us never even see one, let alone (as Ben describes) “lower ourselves” to sit on one.”

    Excerpt From: Mike Stair. “Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons.” iBooks.


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