The spine angle only stays constant in 2D

Forward bend at address
Left tilt toward the ball at the top
Right tilt toward the ball at impact

These three vastly different positions create what appears from behind the golf (down the line) to be what people would call “maintaining the spine angle,” but it doesn’t.

…and the tilt of the spine away from the target will increase, especially with driver, to start the downswing.

I know this isn’t earth shattering info, I just want people who don’t know this…to know it…as roughly half my lessons in November who brought up the subject didn’t know this.

People interpret this wrong and mess up their swings.

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  1. Crust

    Hey, Monte,

    “…and the tilt of the spine away from the target will increase, especially with driver, to start the downswing.”

    Seems to me that the bump (bump, dump and turn), or zipper away, also removes (some) left tilt and replaces it with forward bend.

    Have I interpreted this wrong?

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  2. Spencer Steel

    This is simple stuff, but helpful. I’ve been so afraid I’m going to slide that I’ve been equally afraid to tilt because it kind of bumps the right hip (I’m a lefty) forward. Of course, bumping that hip is a GOOD thing so long as it’s done with an upper-body rotation . . . . but I’ve never had an instructor tell me that.

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