Golf Swing Transition

Transition of the hips is one of the biggest faults in a golf swing. Most amateurs have a tendency to over rotate their hips and as a result, the club comes through on an outward-inward swing plane. This type of rotation generally creates that dreaded slice. In some cases, like myself, I generally pull the ball to the left side of the fairway.

My problem, other than having a bobble head, is in my hips. When swinging at the correct tempo my hips are in sync with the rest of my swing. However, if I swing too fast, thinking that I will hit the ball farther, my hips pop open and my right knee finishes pointing at the ball. This is a known fault of mine and I continually work on correcting it.

I also have difficulty explaining the proper hip / thigh process. So, I found this quick video from the National University Golf Academy. Ted Norby explains the proper process to follow to make consistent, solid contact every time.

Watching the video highlighted my challenge with my right knee. Now that I have a fix, I am off to the range.

What do you think? Is the hip / knee transition as important as Norby highlights?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

7 thoughts on “Golf Swing Transition

  1. The pivot is both the most important and misunderstood fundamental. Your pivot must support and move your upper body. You’ll never get proper arm/hand/clubhead movements with a bad pivot.

    I was always intrigued by the Nelson/Snead squat move but could never get it to work or even come close to feeling natural and “good”. Then I found Kelvin Myahira’s articles. When you go to Kelvin’s blog, do a search for “squat move” and let that start your journey.

    It should be said that getting into Kelvin’s theories will force you to go through all of your fundamental concepts of the swing. Which is exactly what I was looking since I tried for years to be a good student of the “modern fundamentals”. All that accomplished was me shooting in the low-mid 70’s to mid-high 80’s…..not a fun ride. With the lack of improvement in average golf scores for decades, it seems pretty obvious something has been missing from a teaching standpoint.

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      • There are two videos, in particular, by Kelvin that I watched within the first day or so of reading his articles. They were: “spine engine swing”(he’s holding a ruler in the little preview when googled) and “how the spine works in the golf swing”, where he demonstrates with a skeletal model of the spine and pelvis. These two short videos kind of opened the floodgates in confirming I may be on the right path, at last. That was about 8 months ago. The improvement and my understanding of the swing has not stopped. I’m actually working on my neglected short game for the first time in years because the full swing has become so much “simpler”.

        There are so many little things that happen naturally in my swing now that I used to strive for, struggle and never achieve. I learned the hard way that it doesn’t matter how badly you want a flat left wrist at impact or how much you want the lower body to lead the way. If you don’t pivot correctly it will never happen. The squat move he explains can/will lead directly to EASILY getting the right elbow down and in front of your right hip…….how can your right leg go toward the target to start the downswing and allow for the right elbow to come down on plane? The answer is, it can’t. At least not naturally/seemlessly. If the right leg goes to the target, so must the right hip. You could perhaps get the elbow in front now but, how could it be anything except an over the top move.

        I hope Kelvin’s articles treat you well. I have been reluctant to share with too many people for fear that the information will overwhelm them. It’s kind of weird, at times I think his stuff would be great for a beginner to give them a good clean start. Then I think, maybe they’ll try reading a few articles and run away screaming and pulling their hair out. Kelvin is definitely the “scientific” type of teacher. The information is all there it just needs a little artistry to bring it home.


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