How should the hips work in the swing and how important of a role are the hips? The hips are very important to the golf swing and we will give you 5 tips on how they should work. I will give you plenty of technical points to take from this article on the positions of where your hips should be on the backswing, transition, impact, and follow through.
One of the major faults that me and other PGA teaching professionals see in the swing is the sway or lateral movement of the legs and hips on the backswing. This is not good! At set up I like to get my students to kick their back leg in a little with a little pressure on the inside the ball of the foot. You do not want your knee to go lateral or foot to go outside. Here are the 5 positions for your hips in the golf swing.
- Takeaway - On the takeaway to half way back your hips should be relatively still. They can slightly rotate back which is fine!
- From halfway position to the top is where you should feel more rotation in the hips with the back knee flexion going in slightly to help with rotating. At the top of swing your back hip should be slightly forward of where you started at set up(Meaning your hips should work slightly back towards the target). At this point a lot of great players in history and including modern players will have their back knee go in a little bit with the front knee pointing at the ball. Roughly 90 degree of upper body turn with 45 degrees of lower body turn. Also the PGA tour average is the back hip is between 18 degrees and 23 degrees higher than the front hip at the top of backswing. This is where technology can help you with seeing how close you can get to these positions by using video software like V1 golf. If you are not flexible you still can get close to these positions by letting your front foot come off the ground slightly.
- Now that we have this knee flexion on the backswing and the hips are slightly shifted towards the target at the top of backswing, here is what happens next. This will cause the legs and lead leg to start the downswing causing a lateral movement towards the target. If you have the correct swing path on the back swing, you will naturally shallow the club out at transition due to this move. The front hip will move slightly past the original position of where the hip was at set up.
- About halfway down when the lead arm is at parallel position to the ground, the hips will start rotating with the front hip rising. So at the top of swing the back hip is higher than front hip. At transition and to halfway down the hips level out. Then at impact and through the front hip is higher than the back. At impact the lead leg is straightening which will lead to some vertical force in the golf swing and the hip is rotating.
- To finish after impact is to let the momentum of all this force take you there. In your finish you should feel balanced with the back leg almost touching the front leg. Your back leg should be under your spine with no forward flexion.
If you work on these positions, you will gain some accuracy as well as some distance. Make sure to check out all of my blogs and vlogs at www.Barnhillgolf.com.