How to Improve Your Golf Swing with the Correct Pivot

By Jack Lumpkin

Every time I read an article on golf instruction there is usually something in there that says 'let the golf club do it,' and they are right. You must strike it with the club, you can't kick it, you can't throw it and you can't go out and drop the ball wherever you want. Every golf school I test this by sitting a golf club behind the ball and then telling that 6-iron 'ok, I want a nice 165 yard shot with a draw and never yet has that club moved. So if that club is going to move some part of your body has to move that golf club.

Correct Body Movement During the Golf Swing

Let's talk about what the body does during the golf swing. When you hit a golf shot, after you have positioned yourself and aimed, your body is in position to move. Most good players have a little key or signal, they may make a very slight forward press or a little trigger and off of that their weight goes into their right leg.

Golf Swing Weight Shift

As the weight goes into the right leg the body winds in a nice pivoting motion with the weight well behind the golf ball. Some of you can turn like the tour players, a 90 degree shoulder turn about a 45 degree hip turn and maybe a 20 degree knee action. Some of you may have bad backs and might have to turn your hips and body more. It does not matter. You have to do whatever you have to do to get wound.

But the pivot motion of the backswing is winding over the right leg so that you are loaded with some power. The forward-swing would be a slight transfer back to the left leg which would get the club down in front of you and the through swing would be a pivot towards the target which would release the club. A lot of people get in trouble by not getting into their right leg.

Drill to Improve Weight Swift While Swinging

  • A good drill would be to put a two by four behind you ball and literally push the board back. That will force you to get your weight into your right leg and continue turning, then shift and unwind. A good drill for pivoting would be to get into your set up position and then cross your arms.
  • Then with your right arm, pull your left shoulder behind the ball while pushing your right shoulder back and up with your left hand, moving your weight into your right leg and then use your lower body to shift back and then unwind. Wind the top, shift and then unwind the bottom. Wind-shift-unwind.

Get the pivot correct, that is the motor of the golf swing and you will be well on your way to building a good golf swing.


Category: Backswing
Sub Categories: Shoulder Turn, Swing Drills

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Jack Lumpkin
Jack Lumpkin
Sea Island Golf Club
100 Retreat Ave.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Tel: 912-638-5119