Reverse Pivot

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Reverse Pivot
Category: Shoulder Turn
Sub-Category: Posture, Fitness, Address/Set-Up

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Video Golf Tip | Reverse Pivot
By Ed Ibarguen

We have talked about balance in the golf swing and one of the words that you hear bandied about a lot is this idea of reverse pivot. If you take a balance set up and you turn your body to the right your weight is naturally going to move into your right hip. That is a standard and correct procedure when you make that swing forward your weight is going to move into your left hip. Where you begin to use this word reverse pivot is when you make your turn to the right your weight goes left. When you make your turn to the left your weight goes back to the right. That is reversing the correct pivot in the swing. One of the things that is very hot lately is this stack and tilt move that is being seen out on Tour. A lot of people have said that looks like a reverse pivot to me. Actually it is just a very centered rotation. Where does this reverse pivot come from. Sometimes if you put a lot of weight on your left side and you go to turn back your knee never comes back with it so you have stayed this way. Now you are going to make this swing forward and this move will actually get you to fall back if you are one of those people that falls back through the shot you are probably out of balance at your address position. Try this. Get out in here, stand at attention, your weight is 50 50, your spine is dead straight, come in here like you are praying to the lord, please dear God let me hit a good shot. Let your arms hang straight down. Do you feel the balance in your set up right here? That feels very, very good. Understand in golf the right hand is below the left so that is going to do a little something up here to your shoulders that we have talked about before. You turn, your weight comes back, you are coming back through and your weight naturally comes forward. One of those things that comes to mind is all of those people with lower back problems, when you come in here and you fall this way you are really compressing the vertebrate in the right lower spine. You really want to have the feeling of turning and releasing through the ball so that your spine is coming in straight to your left side. We work a lot here at Duke University with Doctor Eric Hegeodous in the Department of Physical Therapy and in our program with integrated medicine at Duke we talk a lot about trying to avoid injury in the back. When you are making a rotation on the spine that was not meant to rotate at that kind of torque and that kind of speed you want to be sure that you are not falling backward and getting that nasty compression. There is the reverse pivot of coming this way to the left, but there is also the I made a decent backswing or maybe I loaded up too much on the right side and now I never got back through the ball and I fell backward. Try to think of it this way, try to stay with the shot. Try to feel like you are more on top of the ball, making your turn, coming back, staying with your shot down in here, coming on down and swinging on through. Thanks.

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