HIP TURN IN THE GOLF SWING LESSON


– Hi, Adam Bazalgette
here in Naples, Florida. I’m two-times PGA Teacher
Of The Year Award Winner down here. Today’s subject, the hip
turn in the golf swing. So, the hip turn in the golf swing pretty important for sure. I’m going to show you
today how it’s different going back and coming down. Why it’s different, and couple of the ways you can work on that. If you like this video, please
subscribe to the channel. Would love to get you
more free content coming. Scratchgolfacademy.com is my home website. We have full courses in
every aspect of the game including one-on-one
internet lessons with me. OK, let’s get started. OK, so the hip motion, as
we’ll see, is quite different in the backswing to what
it is in the downswing. And I think it can make a nice pair, nice simple playing
thoughts when you feel one thing going back and
something a little different coming down. So we’re going to get in to all that, but let me show you a few
examples of great players in action so you have
a good mental picture. So how about Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson that’s a pretty good pair. So there’s Tom Watson at
address, top of the backswing again address top, pretty much in the box but as he comes to hit
it, you’ll see his hips have slid quite a bit
forward out of the box. So there’s more of a pivot going back, and more of a slide and pivot coming down. Jack Nicklaus address top of the backswing right in the box, and
then on the downswing, forward again nearer the
target with his hips. OK, so let’s start with
the backswing first. What we’re not trying to do, and you can see they weren’t
shifting in this video. We’re not trying to shift
weight in the backswing. Grab a club or a broom handle. This’ll approximate it the best for you. The right-side, the back-side
goes up and behind you, and the left-side, for
the right-handed golfer, goes down towards the
ground, and as that happens you should feel more of
a pressure or a build-up of tension in the right leg, really a pressure
against the ground there. That’s what you want. That’s what’s gonna be powerful. So, remember, it’s not a weight shift. It’s a pivot that builds
pressure this way. Let me briefly show you
a couple of great players from the rear angle. You’ll have a good look at how this works. As we look at Tiger Woods,
looks like a fairway wood off the tee there. Watch his backswing. There’s that view, if he
had the bar behind him, you can see the right
shoulder moving up and around behind his spine. Similarly, left-side
compressing downwards, but it isn’t a shift in this direction. Just watch that right hip again. It’s a pivot, and you
can really see what a job he’s done of putting pressure
down into the ground there. Now, there’s been a few great
players had a little bump in their hip to kick the
backswing off or something but the predominant movement
is a pivot not a shift. There’s Justin Rose when
he’s a little bit younger. And again, if you watch the
outside of that pocket there. You can see, he’s not shifting
but he’s really loaded the ground well there,
and if you can do that, if you can make that kind of pivot and you can put some
pressure into that right leg, you can really move
athletically from that. So, downswing wise, why
do we have this shift? What’s the purpose of that? And why do so many people
struggle with it secondly? Let’s tackle why first. Well, what it does, that
shift creates a lot of power, creates some loading of
the club, and importantly it creates power in a target direction. When your hips shift towards the target, assuming your head’s pretty still, it creates a little side bend in the body and really helps this club get on plain and work towards the target. Let me show you what you
should be trying to captivate or cultivate a little bit from this view. So again the goal with the golf club, we’ll call this the side of my body, is to swing from the side of your body then underneath your body,
that’s under me here, from the side underneath out
towards the target that way. It’s not the swing at the golf ball, obviously the golf ball
intersects the swing as you go. And believe me, if you
shift hips properly, it is so much easier to
get the club staying to the side of you and
coming from underneath you out towards the target. It really is. OK, so let’s assume we
known the shift weight. Most people have seen this. It’s not that they’ve
never heard to do that. Why do so many people struggle with this? Listen, I still teach golf full-time, it’s atypical, let’s say,
it’s not typical to see someone drive their
hips towards the target and even close to the
manner of a great player. Most people are much more centered and they’re this way as they hit the ball. Well, I see two reasons, or if you like, you could say a
combination of two reasons. Number one, I was lucky
enough a few years ago to help test force plates out. Good friend of mine was
representing a great force plate company here in the country and you can study the
movement of the balance of the pressure on the
feet and the balance timed with video very painstakingly. And one of the things after
looking at a lot of data, we found, and this is connected
with 3D motion sequence sensors, is the sequence
is wrong for most people and it makes it very difficult
to shift the weight at all. And what I mean by that, is
most people start their arms too quickly, they thrust towards the ball and effectively towards the ground. And I’m telling you, when
we looked at force plate data, the arms and club influence balance, and when they thrust down,
it’s like being pulled in this direction. You’ve got that much force going this way to the side of your
body it’s hard to move. So, the best players, when
they look at 3D motion sensors, their arms just
stay there initially. Their shoulders stay there. They shift before anything happens there, and only then does the
upper trunk start to move and then finally that
pulls the arms into motion. Now, when I say finally,
you’re talking about a very small amount of time but that sequence is clearly different. And again, if you doubt
that, just stand there without trying to hit a
ball and you see how easy it is to move your weight. So, if you’re struggling
a lot more than that something’s influencing
you and it’s usually the sequence, too quick with the arms. The other thing I can
see, is just deep down most people their experience
with golf when they were beginners isn’t a
particularly positive one in the first 100 shots. I’ve rarely seen people
hit it solidly in the first hundred tries, and they
start just aiming too much at the ball. They’ll tell you the target’s over there but deep down, the balls the target, and, when that’s the case,
you won’t move very well. So, here’s what I’m going
to encourage you to do. Put a little tee under it, and I’m gonna tee it a lot higher than I would even on a par three. Make it as simple to
hit as you possible can. And just have a little fun. Take some risks here. Risk mishitting a shot. So, I’m gonna go back,
just leave my arms there, shift some weight and move a little bit, Then get over the ball. Don’t think too much, just relax. And just shift some weight. Don’t worry about contact. Just get a feel for it. This will get you going. Well, I hope that helps you get a sense of the hip turn in the golf swing. And sort of a nice, easy pair if you like of how to work on it. And if you liked the video,
please subscribe to the channel. Would love to get you more free content. Leave a comment. Scratchgolfacademy.com is my website. Could do personal internet golf lessons. Hope you’ll consider checking that out. Thanks again.

100 comments

  • BRIAN FAIRBROTHER

    love the Videos Adam. watching from England. I have regular lessons and your vids reinforce what I get taught. I am working on so many swing changes at the age of 64.

  • Great topic Adam as usual. Will practice this movement at the range here at Mediterra and look for that smooth transition. Thanks!

  • I would not agree more with Greg! Adam is not only the most eloquent instructor in the business but also the most constructive and not overly, "painfully" technical and that makes it easier to absorb concepts,especially for an average player like I am. I am planning on visiting Adam in FL one of these days for a few days of instructions! 🙂

  • You make it more and more sensible how to achieve the swing goals, I hit a 5 iron 180 on a dart yesterday, made my day!

  • Adam your are fabulous in these videos , very very helpful

  • Great advice thank you. Will try hard to work on the sequence.

  • Adam, you do a great job of explaining things! Would you touch on the subject of keeping the head behind the ball? I've noticed in videos of great players the head stays behind the ball and in many cases the head moves backward just prior too impact. Nicklaus and Langer are two examples. Thanks!

  • Enjoying the videos. I'm trying to actually demote or quieten the lateral weight shift through the ball I think you are suggesting. Perhaps I'm the other way but my focus (under instruction) is currently to promote hip 'turn' at impact… rather than weight going through excessively to the target. After reading up on left hip pain recently (I think caused by my excessive 'sway' through the ball at impact) I've read articles that Nicklaus and Norman had hip problems with this sway through the ball which contrasts to more modern teaching suggesting a more compact hip turn through the ball. In your opinion has teaching moved more to hip turn rather than the more sway or movement through the ball I saw growing up from the likes of Nicklaus and Norman?

  • Don't you think a hip slide causes a stall and a subsequent flip of the wrist ? I think the feeling that the left pocket goes backwards as you shift will promote continuous rotation.

  • Gerhard Stickling

    what a great channel.. thanks Adam

  • Perry Mattingly

    I've played golf most of my life, 62 now, and have struggled with this my entire life. I come into the ball too steep and chicken wing it to death. This explanation makes so much sense but I can't make my body do what my brain is saying. But thank you for explaining it as perfectly as you did. It may be worth a drive from Tampa to Naples to get it beat into my hard head.

  • solid advice as usual Adam. Would love to see some drills on sequencing. I know what I should be doing, hips, shoulders then arms but putting into practice is easier said than done. Any advice to help improve timing/sequencing in this area would be good.

  • great tip enjoyed video keep them comming

  • Great video again! Very helpful and clear. Thank you for all the great content Adam

  • watching these from Argentina.. suscribed to your channel 2 weeks ago… excellent, every video is simply excellent!

  • After working with Leadbetter for years you understand his 1990's concept of turning back using the navel and to load up with the weight "sitting down" on the right knee. Great for flushing irons but no power. David mentions in his book on Hogan that the Hawk had a min-reverse pivot. Looking at the hips from behind, so did every great ball striker except for David's pupils. Which muscles pull this into position? Once the hands clear the right leg should it be a feeling of pivoting on the right hip, glute back? How is the down force supplied?

    By the way, I listed to a few of your videos and this great stuff. Clear, easy to understand and it helped right away. The core movement on the takeaway is the key to me. Once you hit that slot and the left side is begging to reverse the motion, it's tough to hit bad shots.

    Thanks in advance

  • This video is so helpful to the problem i am facing.

  • Howard Clarke

    Most helpful web tuition I've found.  Thanks!

  • Andrew Hughes

    Adam, very nice work. I have always had a problem with the top half following the hip turn and therefore coming out the shot early. This explains a lot but doesn't enable me to understand the feeling I need when pushing then turning. Do you have a drill that helps lag the upper body behind when firing my hips?

  • Rey Notareschi

    Great explanation. You break your lesson into nice chunks.

  • Wow this all makes so much sense watching your videos, i can already see how much improvement there will be in all aspects of my game. From Jerome in Johannesburg

  • Christopher Johnson

    Everytime I pivot, I end up opening my club face at impact. Pretty frustrating

  • Joshua Diamond

    Thanks for your videos, Adam.
    Does this technique apply to irons? Or is it more for drivers or woods?

    That is, I know a driver back swing is a pivot not a shift. But is more shift allowed for irons?

    Thanks,
    Josh

  • Alfredo Cappelli

    Exactly, I couldn't have said it better myself…I guess you have to be a great pro to find the right words…excellent lesson!

  • Great lesson.  I'm a big guy, not very flexible, and this really helps start my swing on the right path.  Seems like it inactivates my wrist a little too, lowering the ball flight and preventing the dreaded high pull hook.  Thanks so much.  I'm ready to come to Florida for some golf lessons.

  • What a wonderfully easy golf lesson. Well done

  • Great stuff.

  • how can I stop focusing on the ball on the down swing instead of just letting my hip go through?

  • excellent presentation

  • Great lesson. Thx

  • Great instruction on the hip turn. I like the simple way you showed how a shift should be applied. Thanks. I have been doing this wrong for years.

  • Thanks for a great lesson. I am having trouble getting to my finish. Stuck and pushing the ball dead straight to the right.

  • Well done Adam, my problem again!!! Naples looks amazing.

  • This guy is really good!!

  • I started playing last year and picked it up pretty fast and got to a 18 hcp. Then i hit a wall and could really get better, so i started watching your videos.. And i think ive watched all off them and now 4 months later i just today played 72, and just wanted to tell you its all because off this channel.. Thank you so much!!!

  • Once again, an excellent video Adam!  I struggle with my weight shift (only with my driver) and tend to lean back when I am hitting drives.  You mentioned how the quick arms can cause that motion and I will try these drills to see if I can finally get my driver straight.  Thanks for the video!!

  • Aristotle Aquino

    great video! thanks! now for some hip stretches. oy!

  • your helping me break 80 and i wanna thank you. Id love to play a round with you sometime my treat

  • Clear and spot on… after watching many videos online, this is by far the simplest and the most effective tips!! Thanks Adam.

  • One of the best lessons I've ever seen on the web….thx.

  • I realized this morning that I can hit irons more solid when I shift my weight forward slightly ahead of my swing, i.e., less fat and thin shots. I googled to see if that makes sense. Here is the video! It makes sense. Thanks!

  • Im confused now … My instructor told me that after i set and start my down swing to NOT come forward and slide forward w hips…. He actually put a bag stand on my left side (rh golfer) maybe an inch or 2 in front, and told me when i swing down and through, to NOT bump into the bag stand, if i do this move your showing i would hit the stand, and use my upper body to swing through the ball … he told me thats causes me to hit shots Thin and or Fat and not being consistent on my ball striking.

  • So detailed in your description love it

  • Love all your videos. So insightful and straight to the point

  • I struggled with exactly what you described in this video. I was a good player for many years and started having issues with my left hip and stopped moving towards the target as my first move on the down swing and seven years later (and me saying I figured something out 10,000 times) that simple little movement of moving my hips towards the target brought everything right back in line. My thought now is, turn-bump-turn and once I do that I've got a lot of power going in the right direction. Where were you 7 years ago? I'm new to your channel, but very impressed with your teaching……great job – Steve B

  • What a great video! Well explained. Pre mature over rotation of my hips is my death move and produces a variety of bad shots including my right foot spinning out and coming over the top. Makes hitting a draw impossible for me. This really puts the sequencing of the hips into an understandable and repeatable fashion. Thanks.

  • Adam I am a 30 year old beginner and all I have to say i thank you very much your videos have helped very much in a short period of time. I have gone from not being able to get the ball in the air to rarely ever hitting worse than a double bogey at a tough golf course (Marsh Landing CC). Pretty much bogey most holes now but I know if I keep at it improvement will follow. Thanks again, Justin C…

  • Another great video Adam. Apart from the 'whoosh' of the club head, impact is almost silent, how is that?

  • …..my light bulb moment was in another of your video's where you described the movement of the body and hips being likened to the way you skip a stone across water…..that analogy was brilliant ….can't tell you what a difference that has made to me…..thanks Adam…..

  • Thank you Adam going to the range

  • awesome stuff!

  • Excellent explanation and illustration of recalling the best hip turn you can make. Bravo.

  • Hmmm I thought we’re talking about hip turn 😏

  • Good Teaching ever seen

  • I have been trying to play this game for about 45 to 50 years and have the very problem you speak of and that is starting to arms first. it has NEVER been taught with the method you use. Hips first and not arms first. I have just started to try this and it's very hard to do. i also like your method of the towel to get lag and if you move the hips first and NOT use a death grip on the club, both of these will show up by themselves. Thank you for the GREAT way you make everything SO understand able. I still think the instruction we got back when I started was to keep you coming back for more lessons and more money for them.

  • The reason they didn't start the downswing with a hip slide is because we were told to NEVER slide your hips. So the is the reason we all didn't slide our hips.

  • Eddie Harrington

    Hi Adam i played golf today at Balllymena golf club and used your instruction from your videos on iron striking and hit the ball the best ive ever hit it, i hit a 3 iron almost 200 yards i have never done that ever,
    thank you

  • Some pro says drop the club first in downswing including Justin Rose. Watch his videos.

  • The fairway ! My god! They look like as smooth as greens. I wonder which country club this is?

  • Arctic Gummibear

    This video was the clearest explanation of the hips in the swing as I've seen. Thanks.

  • Harald Schuster

    A very good explanation for one of my problems yesterday! Thank you! Start working on it today! Take care, Harald

  • Garry Naishloss

    Many thanks Adam!!!
    It was very helpful indeed.
    Shalom & Hi5
    Cheers

  • Great video, I cannot wait to try this. Thanks!

  • I always find your videos so clear and effective… and I completely agree with this one in particular… however there are a number of videos on youtube about how to stop sliding in the downswing.
    eg. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Cdlc-PTE-zw
    Am i confusing the issue here?
    Difference between a shift and a slide? Shift still allows a left hip turn before impact.

  • Another great video Adam. I noted that your actual swing is better than your practice swings, in that you stay more 'over' the ball, whereas in the practice swings your head and sternum are far ahead of the ball. Unfortunately for me, at least according to a local pro', I have the opposite situation, in that my practice swings look great and my real swing he said looks nothing like them. Any suggestions?

  • You did not really nail it .. but good try.. to cement the way to slide. I found saying inside right . .outside left.. helps as Hale Irwin used to teach. Trying to lag your arms as you suggest may be a good drill to capture the feeling.. but would not suggest it in actual swing. Or another concept by Tommy Armour to have left knee point just behind the ball going back and the right knee moving toward the left on the down swing. You need to use a concept like those .. sure there are many to convey how to slide. Actually, it is more a slide then a turn…Another could be to make sure belt buckle is facing the target. Anyway box on.

  • You really didn't give a drill for moving left hip to target to start the swing

  • I really need to engage my right hip to get it up en back, is that correct?

  • Adam, I appreciate your video. I have been playing 25 years and I am still learning. Again thank you for sharing your great lesson. You are the best pro I ever seen.

  • That fairway is freaking massive. Looks to be the width of 2-3 combined fairways compared to courses near where I live

  • Best video on this subject

  • Thank you. I literally got rid of my slice and added 50 yds to my drives after applying the information contained in this video. Irons are much cleaner and longer as well. I'm back to out driving my 12 yr old. :o)

  • Adam, great video, as usual, it helped me a lot. Just one question how can you bring yourself to hit balls off that turf? Most of the courses I play don't have greens that compare. I visited Naples many years ago, I really must come back. Many thanks.

  • Your instructional videos are the best on youtube. I was indeed shifting my weight back instead of staying centered slightly. Made a drastic difference , Thank you!

  • Great video

  • Jandré Robbertze

    Amazingly clear, thank you

  • good stuff. so glad you didnt take a divot.those fairways look sooo nice

  • very nice explanation 👍🏻

  • COWABUNGA!! You are "BEST" internet instructor bar none…this lesson on how the hips work will add, minimum, 15 yards to all shots. Having had a static relationship with the downswing, this instruction has now allowed me to shift weight like the big boys, again never shifting weight and wondering why my distance was pathetic, to now, adding those 15 yards without effort. Your name begins with an "A," because that is what your instruction ability is…a solid "A!!"

  • You are by far the best golf instructor on the internet, which certainly reinforces your status as a two-time teacher of the year! Too bad I'm on the West coast………….I could definitely become a better golfer if I could work with you.

  • Thanks for this video – extremely helpful . I am a 5 handicap and my weight shift/ hip turn is absolute crap- I wanted to add to your list of reasons why people like me stink at it – not only was it the “ first 100 balls” but the first hundred magazines/books and first 100 lessons.. I don’t think this is usually explained in a way that makes sense to a new golfer – a lot of pros used to talk about turning in a barrel & not swaying – also turning your left hip ( which if not properly explained forces you to make a wide turn with your right hip) .. if I had seen your video earlier in my golf life, it would have saved me years of frustration …. anyway, thanks again ..

  • I'm a 9 handicap but struggle with hitting ball then turf. How do you shift your weight in the downswing and keep your head behind the ball at impact? Side bend?

  • Thank you! The best instruction regarding hip turn that I have ever seen… Awesome!

  • You make sense

  • Communication is key. This simple instruction makes it easy to understand. I'm hooked.

  • As usual another fantastic, clear n concise lesson. I haven't seen myself on video in years but I'd be willing to bet this is my number one issue. I'm gonna take u up on ur drill, I know I hang back n have always struggled with the dynamic of moving forward in the downswing n mostly feeling out of sync… great job

  • This advice with hip slide/bump together would be super helpful video. No matter this was mentally helpful. Made me think of like X of me when I swing…
    X like down your legs and pressure, up your shoulders etc.

  • This is gold!

  • I noticed that the current back-to-back winner of the PGA Championship and US Open has a very slight hip turn. Since this is a much simpler swing method should we start working on strength or what?

  • Irina Kurachenkova

    Amazing video. Great help. Thank you.

  • Second that, Thank you..

  • william reynolds

    EXCELLENT!

  • Too quick with the arms spells disaster for sure. Hogan in his 5 lessons clearly said the downswing starts with the hips. Another words he was trying to tell us all that the hips propels the arms in the downswing; not the other way around.

  • Fantastic Adam, you really help the amateur to understand. Now it's learning to do this and repeat it.

  • 잉 조아하다 폴더에 이영상이 왜 🤣🤣

  • Thanks, Adam – looking at another video with the 'chair drill' – which seems to focus more on hip rotation than a lateral shift… how do they differ (I do understand it's all part of the larger swing…!)

  • Vito Berlingeri

    Well Done Adam! One of the biggest things we older athletes struggle with, sequence!! Drives me crazy and you hit the nail on the head, my friend!

  • Brandon Ferguson

    Does the downswing movement your teaching here apply to the driver?

  • Golfing for four months now. Been having a very difficult time getting the sequence and nobody has been able to explain what is happening at the transition and the downswing in a manner that made the light bulb go on. Your video finally made that happen. Most people have told me not to slide at all and just to pivot. I just subscribed!

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