Two Common Problems to Avoid In Your Golf Swing Pivot

By Steven Bann

We’re going to work on two of the common mistakes in the pivot from down the line view.

2 Most Common Pivot Problems in Golf

  1. These areas are first, the shoulders flattening out too much on the backswing which pulls the body up off the ball, from there you have to make all sorts of compensations to hit the ball.
  2. And second, as the golfer tries to keep their head too much over the ball, nearly always the right knee will straighten and the hip will come up. That’s a big power leak, two mistakes are going to lead to a lot of faults on the golf course.

Fix Your Shoulder Turn

For the first mistake, if we can maintain the axis of the back and turn our shoulders on that axis what you should see if you’re practicing this pivot exercise is if looked in the mirror you should see your shoulders at right angles to the angle of your spine. So your shoulders are turning correctly when they turn on the axis of your spine. So simply just practicing that exercise and then getting the feel of that, and try to transfer that to into your golf swing.

Why You Shouldn't Straighten Your Right Leg

Now when our mistake is that the right leg straightens, this is best cured by bringing your left foot back behind you and up on the tip of the toe which puts more weight over your right knee and really activates the muscles just above your right knee, so you have good awareness of it. Now from there start making backswings, and just swing back and you will feel the flex of that right knee and the right sensations that again you want to transfer into your golf swing.

Practice Swings to Fix Your Pivot

So have a few practice swings, feeling how that right knee stays flexed and resists the pivot then bring your left foot back into position and then combine that shoulder turn on the axis of your spine with that flex right knee resisting and you got the right set-up angles and pivot angles and you’re in perfect position with your body at the top of the backswing. From there you can just go on and unwind and hit the ball right down in the middle of the fairway.


Category: Posture

About the Instructor

Steven Bann
Steven Bann
385 Centre Dandenong Road
Heatherton
Victoria Australia 3202
Tel: 61 3 9558 3688
Steven Bann is director of the Pure Golf Academy in Australia and instructor to PGA Tour Pros Stuart Appleby, Robert Allenby, and K.J. Choi.