Slide your hip to left field

(If you are a lefty, reverse all the directions)

This is a big help to people who hang back, have a hip thrust at the ball, or have very inactive hips.

If you look at every great ball striker at every skill level, they basically initiate the downswing with lateral hip movement. The problem is most golfers don’t have the kinesthetic awareness to do this automatically.

So picture your left hip going to left field to start the downswing and that will create a movement that fits you just right.

Two points of clarification.

First, when I say left field, I mean to a point left of your target. Lee Trevino was great at this.

Second, If you think this makes you come over the top…or more clearly, if this does make you come over the top, your back swing is way too far to the inside.

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  1. Calvin D

    How would you apply this to a player who comes up and out of the shot? I see this a lot in fellow ams, and their hips do go left of target while they are spinning their shoulders and rising up. My buddy does this consistently especially with fairway metals.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      This will help that too. It helps maintain the tilt in the spine and doesn’t allow that. It slows over shoulder rotation and keeps you from coming out of it.

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  2. rojoass

    Monte these are the kinds of tid-bits that really help people when searching for a key or a feel. Very good info & I think it can be used with every club & just about every shot.(except putting)

    http://rojoass.com/

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  3. Husker

    Can you give us a link to a video that demonstrates this vs. one that shows doing it the wrong way – preferably side by side. (I know I’m asking a lot :)).

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      • carrera

        Any idea what the second video was? Removed from Youtube.

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  4. S.

    As someone who has tried EVERY wrong way to swing a club, maybe I can give you some insight on this.

    I have hit some very good shots doing exactly as you say…but, as you hint, kinesthetic awareness kicks-in for coordinated people–or those who haven’t been brainwashed by golf instruction.

    I’m only guessing, but I suspect that golfers at the top level are never thinking, “hips.” As you say, it’s kinesthetic awareness.

    I’m going to suggest that a “hips” thought could some problems, as well as being hard to repeat.

    What if the real function of the hips was to enable the golfer to keep his balance? If you figure that there’s a swing moving target-ward at maybe 100 mph, what’s going to keep the golfer from following after the ball? Or at least being unbalanced? If hips are micromanaged, it might distract from the job at hand–making contact through the ball.

    Now, assume that somebody thinks that the golf swing consists of holding the lag, and releasing that angle. In other words, manufacturing power from the arms and shoulders. For that to happen, the body has to stop so that the club can release.

    Spinning the hips, or laterally moving them left, means that the shock of forcing the release of the lag will be transmitted to the left knee. (Maybe my left knee isn’t as good as it once was, because of this. And, maybe my left ring finger isn’t as good either.) If your hips have been commandeered by micromanaging, how good will they be and enabling you to keep your balance and protecting your left knee?

    I’m going to suggest that this Monte video also gives some insight:

    Day 1: Proper release vs. cast

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J2bbJnMyXE&fs=1&hl=en_US%5D

    If you look carefully, you notice that there is some angle of your body away from the target and the club moves through impact.

    If someone is not releasing properly (the goal of everything in golf), then trying to apply a band-aid by adding hip-turn to an improper release will be inconsistent, and stressful on the left knee. (Don’t ask me how I know.)

    I suggest that an alternative micromanaging hips would be to get most of the power from somewhere besides the arms and shoulders.

    If, for instance, somebody was getting power from a whole-body swing and rotation rather than arms & shoulders, then the purpose of the left foot would be to resist and help maintain balance, and protect fragile body parts from stress. If hips are commandeered, that takes away from the “role” (I hate that word) of the left foot.

    What if you started the downswing with a pull (Snead) that continued all that way past the ball?

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJuapAbqa2k&fs=1&hl=en_US%5D

    Too bad MacLean is such a horrible interviewer!! Just let the man talk! Dang, too bad the interview was cut short, just when
    Snead was reaching for his left Lat muscle.

    So, if somebody was pulling, then something would be resisting, to maintain balance. At least that’s what Moe Norman said.

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txjD82ssNys&fs=1&hl=en_US%5D

    Of course, if somebody is holding the lag and pushing a release, then “playing into their leg” would make no sense. It would be a blocking move.

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Like I always say, you aren’t supposed to use everything I say…only the stuff that clicks for you and that is why I say the same thing in different ways.

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  5. SteelyDan

    Hi Monte, a piece of constructive criticism:

    I am afraid your readers and students might get a little confused by this post. Such a lateral hip movement sounds a lot like X-factor and the lower body leading, which basically contradicts your idea of everything turning together. Still, I do believe what you say in this post is right. I just see the risk with your teaching (no offense!) that people focus on their shoulder turn too much and therby constrain lower body movement. I guess it happened to me…

    Maybe you can elaborate on this in one of your next posts. Thanks!

    SD

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      X factor is about restricting hip turn on the back swing-unrelated.

      When I say the lower body doesn’t lead, I mean in turning first and leaving the upper body behind. Lateral hip movement actually prevents this.

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