Hip rotation is an important aspect of your golf swing . A failure to rotate your hips properly can result in pushing or pulling the ball and inconsistent strikes on the club. You must continually rotate your hips throughout the entirety of your swing and in order to do this you can’t sway them.
Even casual golfers understand that at impact the hips need to be open to the target. (Picture your belt buckle pointing to the left of where you want the ball to land.) In reality, your hips shouldn’t just be open but continually rotating to the left until your swing comes to a stop.
Speaking of which, the average PGA Tour player turns their hips 44 degrees in the backswing, so if you generally turn your hips just 25 degrees, the visual aid of the rod with the added confirmation of your measurements can immediately pinpoint just how much more you need to turn to get closer to the Tour average ,
But most golf instruction focuses on how the hips unwind as the club swings into the ball. Not to be ignored is how they should rotate on the backswing . The hands, arms and shoulders start the swing, which in turn gets the hips to rotate. That slide happens as the hips start to undo their backswing turn.
The hips initiate the downswing . At the top of the backswing, the hips have turned back, away from the ball and the target. On the way down, they will turn back and face the target directly. The rotation of them will result in the front hip (left for a right-handed player) bumping, or lifting forward and up in the air.
The transition from backswing to downswing is crucial to generating power and accuracy. The key is to start the downswing with the lower body . In the best swings the lower body starts forward while the upper body is still turning back.
You can over rotate the hips, you can under rotate the hips, but when you do it in the middle, when you do it right, it’s going to allow you for the most consistency and the purest ball striking. For those of you again, if you ‘re over rotating the hips, feel like you keep the right heel a little bit more on the ground.