Golf Tips - Golf for Beginners Lesson 4: Hip & Shoulder Action

By Tom Ward

"5 Basic Body Actions"

  1. Foot Action
  2. Leg & Knee Action
  3. Hip & Shoulder Action
  4. Arm Action
  5. Hand & Wrist Action

After successfully creating the prior motions mentioned in this series (#'s 1 and 2 above) you're now in position to take the club head to the top of your back swing, loading up like a human spring. Your momentum is moving full steam ahead.

However, the key point here that is crucial: Right hip/leg has turned very little, thus assuring that you're building up a rubber band effect whereby the more the Shoulders can turn comfortably against your right hip, the more power you're storing up in your back swing. Everybody's degree of flexibility is different, yet each person can maintain this position - and daily stretch to elongate your muscles to become stronger which in turn will mean more distance. The left shoulder should turn down and under your chin against your right hip/leg.

To summarize: The turning of the shoulders on the back swing sets up the plane of your swing, and with the hips restricted slightly they are preparing you for the downswing. *

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