How to Create More Power in your Swing with the Golf Pivot

By Hank Haney

There are two elements to the golf swing: how you pivot your body; and how you swing your hands and arms. The body pivot is so important. If you don't turn your body correctly then it is difficult to swing your hands and arms on the proper plane.

How To Do a Pivot (3 Steps)

  • When you turn your body what you are looking for is you want to rotate and keep your body centered. So I turn my shoulders keeping my head centered, turning back and turning through.
  • If I am going to make a mistake I would always rather move back a little bit as opposed to leaning forward and doing a reverse pivot.
  • You keep yourself centered when you pivot and you keep the bend forward from your hips the same the whole time.

How to Know if Your Pivot is Correct

If I am turning correctly, the angle that I turn at is the same angle that I start at address. If I make an incorrect turn I am either tilting my shoulders or I am leveling it out too much.

Keep your posture, rotate on your angle, keep your center and turn back. The pivot is the key to getting your swing back on the correct plane. If you do not pivot properly you have little chance to swing your hands and arms on the correct plane. Both of these elements work together in the golf swing. If you don’t have one then you probably do not have the other. If you do have one it does not necessarily guarantee that you will have the other one. You have to get them both working together. The proper pivot is a great place to start.


Category: Posture
Sub Categories: Arms, Hands, Shoulder Turn

About the Instructor

Hank Haney
Hank Haney
Hank Haney Golf Ranch
2791 S. Stemmons Freeway
Lewisville, TX 75067
Tel: 972-315-5300