Why Tight Hips Affect your Backswing (and How to Fix It)

By Ramsay McMaster

Dennis: A fault that I see a lot of with the amateur player is loss of angles during the backswing or downswing. So, even with good postures I see a lot of golfers making this sort of move here where the spine straightens up and the pelvis comes underneath the body. Sometimes it's a lot, sometimes it's a little. One of the underlying physiological factors in this fault is tightness in the hips.

Tight Hips Negatively Affect Your Swing

The muscles in front of the hips can be tight to the point where the golfer is not actually able to hold the angles and hold the postural positions they created at address through to the top of the backswing or into the downswing. Ramsay: So what tends to happen is the hips get very, very tight through here and that turns the lower abdominals off. And even if you try it at home, you get into a golf posture, you'll feel this gets tight and this gets weak.

Sticky Hips From Sitting Too Much

This also happens when you're sitting over a computer. The hip flexors, these muscles through here, get tight and this gets softer and weaker so you'll tend to get weak old sticky hips. The hips will tend to move first and also the upper body tends to overcompensate too. If you imagine you're sitting at a desk you tend to use your upper body, hips get tight.

That's actually what you're doing when you have a bad golf swing. Here are a couple of exercises you can do and I must emphasize that you do them in sequence. You do this first exercise and do the second exercise second. You don't do them the other way around and I'll explain why.

About the Instructor

Ramsay McMaster
Ramsay McMaster
The Melbourne Golf Injury Clinic
1100 Dandenong Road
Carnegie, VIC 3163
Melbourne, Australia

Sandy LaBauve is one of the world's best beginner, junior and women's instructors. She is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and is Founder and Creative Consultant for the LPGA Junior Girls Golf Club.