What Causes a Reverse Pivot in Golf?

By Jimmy Ballard

I would like to discuss the thing we hear probably more than any other thing and that is people who say that they will slice one ball and then duck hook the next one. How can they be swinging the same with different results? What they don’t understand is that they are swinging the same it’s just a matter of where they time their hands.

  • Now most of this is usually caused because people are always told to keep their head over the ball and to stay down, the result is that almost everyone we see in golf reverse pivots.
  • Once you are told to keep your head over the ball, get a stiff left arm and turn then your weight always goes over to your front hip joint and your weight is in front of the ball at the top of the swing.
  • From there you are left with no choice.

A Blocked Swing Position

Every single time your weight will shift back to your back leg, your head and eyes will drop down and away from the ball and you will come into the ball in what is called a blocked position. Now, if you stay in that blocked position you will hit a slice. What happens is that when you hit a slice and you stay there a couple of times then you figure you will try to release the club.

The Reverse Pivot

So again you reverse pivot, again you fall back behind the ball and this time you flip your hands, and as soon as you flip your hands your then curve the ball to the left. So please understand that in the golf swing any time your body goes forward it has to fall back. When your body falls back it causes the left arm to block the body back in the downswing and you are left to do nothing but hit the ball with an open blade across or flip your hands and hit the duck hook.

Athletic Motion in the Golf Swing

In the golf swing you have to understand, it is an athletic motion. You have to get back to your right leg and once you have gotten there you can fold your elbows down and you can square the club back up to the same spot every time and go to the finish. But you can not do that if you body goes forward first, you are dead.

You have no choice, you will fall back onto your right leg and the more you do that the more you will pull up, look up, and create the angle for the slice or flip your hands and cause a hook. Never try to keep your head still over the ball. Always try to get into your right leg so that you can release the club with both elbows pointing down right down the line of flight and square the club with consistency.

Category: Posture

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Jimmy Ballard
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