Understanding the Two Pivots of a Proper Golf Swing

By Jim McLean

Pivoting in the Backswing

Over many years I have done a tremendous amount of research on the body movements and body motions. I wrote The X-Factor a long time ago, but then I produced the X-Factor DVD and then X-Factor II which came out recently and really describes what the body does in the golf swing. The way I did that was just put the golf club away, you can look at a person swinging without a club or even put your arms on your chest.

When I look and study the golf swings of hundreds of the top players in the world I have discovered some important secrets to hitting the golf ball. One is there is a two pivot point swing. That means the idea of swinging around a hub, or one pivot point like your head or the center of your body, which is taught by a ton of teachers is really not correct. The greatest ball strikers in the world simply do not do that, there is motion into the right leg, motion into the left leg, which I call a two pivot point swing.

Two Pivot Swing

  1. At address my balance point is right here centered, 50/50. When I go back on my takeaway several things will happen.
  2. My head will either rotate a little bit or shift or shift and rotate to the right. Almost every great player does that.
  3. When they do weight goes onto the inside of the right leg or the back pivot point.
  4. Going forward there is a definite lateral move, a shift, part of your sequential movements forward.
  5. When you get to impact you are over to the left pivot point, the inside part of the left leg and you go to finish all the way forward.

So without question the head moves in the golf swing. Without question there are two pivot points in great golf swings. Into the inside part of the right leg, into the inside part of the left leg. There is motion, sequence and two pivot points in great golf swings.

About the Instructor

Jim McLean
Jim McLean
Jim McLean Golf School
Doral Golf Resort and Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Tel: 800-72-DORAL