GOLF: Add More Rotation To Your Golf Swing With These Lower Body Feels

Alright guys, so in today’s video we’re going
to talk about more rotation. Everybody wants more rotation. I’m going to talk today about what lower body
feels you can add to get more open from the top of your swing and get that open look at
impact everybody wants. So lower body feels to add more rotation. Obviously everyone, everyone that comes in
wants more rotation, I don’t think I’ve talked to one person yet who tells me, Hey Eric,
why don’t you take some rotation out of my golf swing? Right? We know that more rotation is better, better
for what? Better for everything, better for contact
club face control, compression distance, consistency, so on and so forth. Um, there’s some sequencing that goes on. I won’t say I’ve never seen someone who’s
too open, right? Or from down the line that gets too open some,
some younger people might get a out of sequence with it, but the moral of the story is you
kinda can’t get too open. More rotation is good. We’ve done other videos with using your hands
more. If you can’t get more open, it’s not like
that’s a death sentence and you can’t play right, but if we can get more open, we want
to. So how do we do that? Well, lower body feels for more rotation. There’s a lot of different options here. I’m going to go through some of the top ones
and we’re going to start from the ground up. So a rotation we’re talking about from the
top of the backswing to and past impact. Okay, so from the top of the backswing and
start with the feet. If I wanted to add the most rotation during
my downswing, I would take the pressure in my feet from wherever I am at the top and
I would make it go the most toward my left heel. So the more towards the heel or from this
angle, the more back this way I’m going from the top, the easier it’s going to be for me
to get my left hip out of the way and rotate more. From a foot perspective it’s sort of as simple
as that. Okay, I want to get to the top and I’m going
to try and get my weight back into my left heel right away from the top. I’m going to go ahead and demonstrate one
like that. Weight to the left heel. Okay. That one felt pretty good. Um, how soon to the left heel from the top? Right away. Okay. You can go right from the top of the backswing
to the left heel. In reality, some people will go more towards
the middle of their foot and then to the left heel. Some people who don’t rotate as well, typically
will go more towards their left toe and then heel. So from this side guys who don’t rotate as
well more towards their toe and then they kind of get stuck like this. You want to go right from the top towards
your left heel. That would be feel number one with the foot. The next part for me would be the left leg
as a whole. Now there’s different ways to do this. Obviously some guys from here like to see
the left leg staying more bent and turning and then extending up and that’s cool. That’s fine, nothing wrong with that. Other people from the top go right from here
and extend the left leg a sooner from the top. I don’t think either one’s right or wrong. For me, I fall a little bit more into I like
to get my left leg extended a little bit sooner. Um, more specifically what happens is you’d
go from the top of your swing wherever you are at the top, you would add a little bit
of knee flex initially in the early part of your downswing. If you go on youtube here and you watch someone’s
swing that you like from down the line, they’ll have a certain amount of knee flex at the
top of the backswing and an early transition, which for me, I’m a little low because I don’t
swing as long. In early transition their knees will reflex
both of them. So in reality you will have some flexing as
you turn first, but if that’s going to happen automatically, you don’t necessarily have
to try and add flex to it. Right? I don’t know for you in particular, you might
have to look at that, but from the top. You can very much go right from here. Get the weight into your left heel and get
your left leg extending or straightening right from the top. That was the feel for me that I use for rotation
a lot and and, and I, that I use for some people. You don’t have to have your knee bending a
ton and then extend out. You don’t have to do that. You can straighten your leg right away. So from there that would look more like this. Go ahead and demonstrate one from there. And again, guys as I’m doing this, these are
my feel. As I tell you all, when I do the online coaching
or in person coaching, there’s feels and there’s reals, right? So if we slow some of these down, I’m probably
not doing exactly what I want on every single one. It’s a feel for me to get from where I am
to closer to where I want to go. You just have to exaggerate accordingly. So if my left leg didn’t straighten enough
there soon enough and I need to exaggerate more necessarily, do something different. So left leg straightening from the top will
get us the rotation. Same thing if you looked at another sport,
if I was playing baseball here, right, there might be a step and then a straightening of
my leg. It’s here, it’s bent first. I’m turning and I’m extending here like this. It’s just a timing thing for when I want to
do that. So straightening the leg from the top. Um, another thing with my left leg that some
people like a would be a kneecap reference. So something I’ve used before would be, I’d
go to the top of my backswing and I’d feel like I’d get my knee cap to the target by
the time my club got roughly parallel to the ground. Whether you want to bend it and do that or
straighten it and do it. Obviously where my kneecap doesn’t really
matter where it is in space, that’s just an effort to get my left hip around. We’ll get there in a minute. So another field from the top, new cap towards
the target right away from the top of the backswing. We’ll go ahead and do one like that. Okay. And that provides me about the same feel of
rotation. Up for the kneecap then in my left leg would
be my hip. So from the top of the backswing, again from
this side, there’s gonna be some shifting to the left. There’s going to be some pressure shifting
to the left, some body mass moving to the left. I don’t want a ton of lateral. They’re usually a little bit of lateral and
then you want to get your left hip out of the way. Roughly what we look for from face on would
be if you watch a good player and you draw a line down their, left hip or the left edge
of their pelvis. I’d like to see that on or inside of their
left ankle as a rough estimate. Do some people go forward of that? Yes they do. I’m saying in general, as a stock model, I
want that left hip to never get in front of or to the left of
my left ankle. So if I had a straight line up here like this,
my knee can get outside of it, but I want to keep my hip inside of it. So feels for that. Right. And if I do that same thing from here, you
kind of. Everyone comes in, they want the two cheek
look, you can see both butt cheeks and kind of wide open from there. So left hip from here working basically right
from the top this way most people don’t need to feel a shift into the left. Most of the time that happens by itself. Most people need to feel like a lateral right
off the bat. They’ll be some shift anyway. So we’ll go ahead and hit with that. So I’m going to feel like I get my left hip
working out of the way right from the top. Go ahead and do one like, so
yeah, that one felt really good. Um, And as someone who doesn’t, you know,
who gets underneath and, and early extends a little bit in my whole life, those are feels
that I need to use just to get my stock pattern down. So a left hip out of the way. Now that’s all my left side stuff right now. If we kind of gradually worked for my left
side to my right side, belt buckle would be another thing that some people could use. So from the top, if I get my belt buckle feeling
like it’s facing the target as soon as possible – Listen all these things are designed to
do the same stuff, but feel one, two, three, four, five might not resonate and feel eight
does and then you’re good to go. So I want you to have all of them. So from the top, having a sensation like my
belt buckle is pointed at the target almost right away from the top of my backswing is
another field that I’ve used here. So we’ll go ahead and give that a feel sort
of feeling like this belt buckle open right off the bat. And that actually felt really good for me
too. So for me as I’m going through those two,
those two felt better to me than the first couple I did. What does that mean? Doesn’t mean anything other than those are
the feels that I can use when I go practice. There’s no correct way to do this or correct
thing to feel. These are just options. Belt buckle moving to my right side. Um, I’m someone who when I rotate a ton and
I feel my left side, I have a tendency for my right side to kind of hang back and doesn’t
get through it enough. Obviously if my right side turns through my
left side, is going to turn as well. Okay. So I tend to like to have right side feels. What would I feel? Well, I would feel my right hip for me. I like to have. I feel like my right hip gets pointed all
the way even with my left by the time I’m at impact, I don’t really get there, but a
sensation that my right hip is turning through and kind of getting even with my left, uh,
right from the top. What we hadn’t give that one a feel here. So I’m feeling this here. Okay. So right hip turning through
and that one I said, I just feel like I get better. Get through the ball better when I do that
and even when I record, I can confirm that, so those are a bunch of different lower body
feels into the left heel from the top into the left heel from the top. Want to get the left leg, you can keep it
bent and then straighten it or you can straighten it right from the top and again from face
on. You can keep that thing bent as you turn and
then straighten, or you can straighten right from the top. Left hip from here will work virtually straight
back. There will be some lateral kind of by itself. You want to keep that inside your heel. Again, from here, left hip will work out of
the way, belt buckle going towards the target. By the time you are at impact or your right
hip through, that’s a bunch of, I don’t know what not how many number, but that’s a bunch
of lower body feels. None of them are correct or incorrect. They’re just ways to feel the same things. There’s more details there in terms of the
angle of things and how you would shift different things, but those are some general fields
to start with. A hope that that makes sense. That’s a bunch of different feels to do the
same thing. Don’t think about them all at the same time. Pick one at a time and then, and then go from
there. Use some form of feedback to confirm that
you’re doing it. Um, if you guys haven’t subscribed already,
please subscribe below. Click the like button, leave a comment down
below if you guys have any questions and that will see you all soon.


  • Jay McGillicuddy

    My biggest issue that I've developed this year is topping the ball. I very rarely did this until this year. It is very frustrating, I think while I am turning I am pushing forward and lifting my torso up at impact instead of turning fully. Argh!

  • Brilliant teaching and explanation. Watching from the UK. Thanks for your content.

  • This has come at just the right time for me in my swing change process . Thanks

  • Great quality instruction and video Eric!!! I have noticed  that  working on my rotation has helped me to solve many of my inconsistencies in the ball flight. I'll try this feel of transferring the pressure to the left heel immediately. I must admit  I'm still a bit inconsistent in my angle of attack and I hope this video will help to shallow it (shallower divots). Thanks.

  • sandemantiling

    thanks Eric. another really helpful video

  • Mr. Bi in Beijing Siggie

    very good and informative Eric… looking forward to more.

  • This is great Eric, trying a number of 'feels' to get the desired result, belt buckle to the target works best for me.

  • One of the best YouTube videos for golf I've seen. I am building a list of good videos for a friend and this will be included. The best thing you did was offer options (the how) and you explained it well (the why). I'd recommend some editing to put some text on screen to mark the number of the drill you are on or maybe a list at the end.

  • Great stuff! Best golf lessons on YouTube hands down. Looking forward to more videos.

  • Thanks Eric, great info. Why do I feel like I'm going over the top with some of these movements. Thanks

  • another great video – cheers eric. this is what i am working on at the moment…need all the help i can get. just out of interest what shoes do you have on here…they look comfy!

  • Very crisp instructions Eric..thanks for posting. I wanted to ask you – which of the following is better- the left part of the left foot lifting as I complete my backswing OR the foot staying flat but the knee going forward. Thanks in advance

  • Do you try to hold your back to the target as you are rotating your hips?

  • Instead of referring to your left or right side, would you consider saying leading or trailing side? This would be benefit left handed players. I learn a lot from your videos. Thank you.

  • I was always told this was wrong, my left knee should be bent at impact.

  • One of your very best videos!

  • I am a very visual person and though you are touching on feels for better rotation your commentary and explanations coupled with the video allow me to get a great picture of how I can improve my rotation. Being more of a visual person, I watch A LOT of lessons, tips and drills on this interwebs thing and your videos are tops on my playlist! All I can say is well done Sir and please keep them coming.

  • I would add one more "feel' variation for better rotation. I feel like I'm trying to get my shirt buttons moving to the target aggressively through impact. I want the feel of my chest as open as I can pointing towards the target coming through impact. Here's the deal…where the chest goes, the hips will go. In my opinion, it's critical to get the chest open through impact, not only to help get the hips open, but because opening up the chest brings the left shoulder up and around behind you. This motion elevates the grip end of the club and shallows impact as long as there is an appropriate shaft lean towards the target. I use several of your discussed feels on any given practice session, but this is one particular feel that creates the best impact conditions for me. I've also got to add- if someone can't make any of these feels work and see that they are coming over the top, go back and review all of Eric's excellent shaft shallowing videos, because that is most likely the missing link for you- too steep on the downswing.

  • I love the different options you offer in your vids to get golfers where they need to go. I’m apparently a left knee guy🙂

  • Awesome, i am definitely responding better to right side feels. It was the same with your lesson on wrist angles. I think its great your telling us what to feel in the swing, its nearly impossible for me to do a drill unless i know what i should be feeling.

  • Topbloke Golf Vlogs

    Great info

  • Eric, I'm little older with bad knees. Can I start by turning to the top by first lifting left the heel slightly and then planting the heel down? Is this ok option to get to left heel in best position I've just starting trying this.

  • I like!

  • Great video, this really helps when I get stuck in mud! 🙂 Thanks much Eric.

  • 👍👍👍😉

  • Really great feels. I realized that I was transferring a lot of pressure to the front part of my left food, rather than the heel. The kneecap towards the target is something I will try out!

  • Belt buckle to target was a great visual that worked for me. The best part of your videos is the simplicity of the swing.

  • This video actually helped my early extension thank you so much and I’m hitting like 15-20yards more omg yass

  • This is what I need, a feel from the top. I'm going to work on getting that weight on the left heel immediately. My biggest problem is I tend to stall my rotation or my arms outrace my hips and I lay the sod over it. Hopefully this will help. Any feels to slow the arms down and keep the hips turning?

  • great tips..

  • Really good stuff that helps. Thanks

  • thanks this really helps

  • Eric really like your videos. I can never take a diviot, I just really bruise or cut the grass from underneath the ball. Could you do a video on on this subject. Thanks a lot. I’m a senior at 63 and find your teaching helps me a lot.

  • John Stevenson

    Hello Eric

    Quick question:

    I really liked your video where you put the alignment rod through your belt buckle as a visual to initiate the hips starting the downswing! I really struggle with this move and I really like the 1st idea you recommend ln this video with the weight going onto the heel of the lead foot to initiate the downswing. I was going to combine both suggestions on my next range practice. When you coach your students do you recommend 3 practice swings for every ball hit on the range? How many reps and with what clubs do you recommend doing this drill before trying it without the alignment rod? I struggle with how much time to do block practice and then random practice? Your guidance would be greatly appreciated! By the way I am a left handed golfer.

    Thanks for your videos and help


  • Thanks Eric. Awesome lesson.

  • Never heard this on a golf vid before Eric lol – Two butt cheeks I’m wide open from there – tempting but not the feel I’m looking for ! On a more adult note your explanations are great and unusually for a golf pro very clear … you got another subscriber

  • This is excellent instruction and very easy to use these drills. Thanks Eric

  • I slice the ball when i try to open my body..

  • Going to the left heel is a feel that has worked great for me recently to get my best hip clearance. But now it has turned into a reverse pivot with me hanging back…

  • Fantastic! You are really really good. Thank you.

  • WIllis Van Der Klees

    These are great. Not everyone will get that aha moment from the same feel. Gonna try these. Hopefully ill snag a feel today.

  • Hi Eric. Love your videos, they are really informative. I keep trying to get open. Used to have problems with the early extension, still not sure whether I do it but I’m always conscious of it in the back of my so much so that now I feel mechanical. When I try to get open I have tendency to block everything right. Really frustrates me.

  • Really detail informaion. I never heard before. Thanks

  • Awesome- I spent the cash for on online lesson with Eric! I suggest you do the same! I have worked on my swing for many years and Always felt I was missing something. Eric looked at my swing and gave me the tip I needed to open my hips at impact, it changed my game over night! I My opinion is that golf is very tough without good information—-Eric can make the difference- it’s been my third round and it’s still working🍾🍾🥂🍾🍾🥂

  • Very valuable information. Your videos are extremely helpful. Thank you, Eric.

  • Eric, always great informative and practical video lessons, I like the options you offer us all as we all feel different things in a golf swing. I have taken you video lessons relevant to my issues and now feel my golf swing is more structured and consistently repeatable, thanks so much I am enjoying my golf so much more these days……

  • How can people not like this video…. its just about personal feel.

  • Love the way you teach, I have watched a million videos and never seen anyone teach with the Feels. I like it.,

  • Thanks Eric. I am not connecting the opposites. Always felt the turn in my toes or ball of the foot. Now, I just felt I could turn easier and faster in balance through left heel feel and get my knees together. Crazy how simple!

  • When I do this, I pull the shot left

  • Thanks for another great video. I really enjoy your teaching style and your use of 'feels' to relate to a wide range of golfers. My issue with rotation is my hips want to accelerate 0 to 60 right from the top of the backswing. This pulls everything out of sync and I lose angles, pressure points etc too early. Any thoughts?

  • wow..thank you…this is an awesome video!!! Excellent walk through the rotation in the swing…this is one everyone should watch…you are one of the best online
    instructors period.

  • I have been teaching golf 30 plus years you explain motion and mechanics better than most great stuff .

  • Great vid. My experience was. I could`n fix this problem before i went to the gym and fix my mobility issues. Tight pelvis makes you early extend or something else if you try to rotate and you fysically cannot do it

  • Absolutely love this, thank you!

  • Another great video! Really nothing else like this. Feel? Fantastic! Thanks again!

  • Spectacular instruction, Eric !

  • looks quite different from weight movement I have done.I have had hip sliding for pre-weight change and then turned.
    What you demonstrate is much easier.
    I gain many things from yr video.really many thanks.

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