GOLF: How To Rotate Your Body In The Golf Swing

How To Rotate Your Body In The Golf Swing

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Rotation – or how to rotate in your golf swing – is one of the more common topics that comes up. I think what you guys want to know specifically is how you rotate certain segments of your body in the golf swing and, really, during the downswing.

At the setup position, I’m looking for things to be pretty square. When I get to the top of the backswing, I want my hips to have rotated about 45 degrees and my shoulders rotated about 90 degrees. The second checkpoint is going to be at first parallel during your downswing. (First parallel means when your lead arm is parallel to the ground) When I get to left arm parallel, my hips should be basically square to the target and my shoulders should be at 45 degrees. At last parallel, my shoulders get about square, my hips get about 30 degrees. By the time I get to impact, my shoulders are about 30 degrees open and my hips are 45 degrees.

From the top of your swing, you should be feeling like you’re opening everything, not just the lower body, not just the upper body, but opening your whole body and learning how to shallow the club. In reality, from the top of the swing your lower body gets off to a little bit of a head start and then your chest is gradually catching up. The chest and shoulders are rotating more than the hips from left arm parallel to the follow through

The moral of the story is there’s really no perfect feel. You have to become aware of where you’re at currently. If your lower body is not open, your upper body probably has no chance of opening, so start there. Understand your chest, shoulders and upper body are catching up to your lower body through the entire downswing.


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