Brett Williams School of Golf

"More Than a Game"

Brett Williams School of Golf is located in Cypress, Texas and is dedicated to improving people's golf games through one-on-one instruction.  We are open to all levels as well as ages! 

Hips

When talking about rotation, as it pertains to the golf swing, you must bring up the hips. The hips, as well as the rest of the lower body, play an integral role in becoming a consistent ball striker. 

When many of my students are posed with the question: "What starts the downswing?" They usually reply with "the arms", or sometimes "the shoulders".  Very rarely do they answer the question correctly...The correct answer?  The lower body. More specifically, the hips.

The first move on the downswing starts with a slight "bump" of the hips, in which the left knee and hip bone make a slight (very slight) move to toward the target (See Fig. 1). After that slight move toward the target happens, the next move is a sort of twisting (AKA rotation, See Fig. 2) move in which your belt buckle rotates (there's that word again!) toward your target in order to make room for your hands, arms, and shoulders to be released down and through towards your target line. 

Fig. 1 - Perfect Hip Bump during transition from backswing to downswing

Fig. 1 - Perfect Hip Bump during transition from backswing to downswing

Fig. 2 - Notice the bump and twist of the hips

Fig. 2 - Notice the bump and twist of the hips

Staying in line with my rotation philosophy, its important to mention, that although the hips are, in fact, slightly moving towards the target, you should be hitting against an imaginary wall that goes from your left foot, upwards, perpendicular to the ground. In Fig. 3, you will see the complete movement of the hips on the downswing. 

 

Fig. 3 - Complete Sequence of the Hips on the downswing

Fig. 3 - Complete Sequence of the Hips on the downswing

If you can master the correct hip motions on the downswing, you will most certainly find that you will gain more distance and be a much more consistent striker of the ball. 

Hopefully this helps further explain the role of the hips as it applies to ball striking and a strong rotational golf swing.  

Until next time,

Brett Williams