GOLF: The Secret To Rotating Your Hips In The Downswing

The Secret To Rotating Your Hips In The Downswing
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When we look at how the lower body or the hips rotate during the downswing, there's two key parts to the downswing movement. Number one is how much should I shift pressure or weight to my lead side during the downswing? And then part two is the rotation part. How much should I rotate? When should I do it and how should I do it? The secret to getting your downswing pivot right is marrying those two pieces together. Marrying those two together means my pressure is shifting forward as I'm turning.

Everyone's afraid of the slide. What is a slide? My hips are going forward, my pressure or weight is going forward. What am I not doing? Turning! If I just get my right hip to rotate with it, I look like a tour star. You guys that slide don't necessarily need to take out the left motion. You've got to add the turn.

The goal is to try to get my hips square and up over my left leg. I'm trying to get my hips, my right hip, even with my left hip in terms of the target and I'm trying to get my hips forward. I'm not keeping my hips back. I'm going forward with my hips up over my left leg. As a drill, I can take a golf club and put it across my hips. By the time I get to impact and pressing forward – by the time I get to my finish -I want the club even and I want to end up over my left leg.

You are absolutely under no circumstances supposed to shift your lead hip forward without turning. No one watching this should do that. What you are supposed to do is as you're shifting forward, you're turning.

None of you guys slice or hit bad shots because you have too much rotation. Every single golfer in the history of golf who plays well has a lot of turn. If you hit bad shots, you might have a really bad downswing pattern. You might have really bad risk condition or really bad grip. You do not hit bad shots because of rotation.

I want to get that message across that you are trying to shift pressure forward – really early. Don't be shy with that! You can shift pressure really hard and early, so long as you turn with it.


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27 thoughts on “GOLF: The Secret To Rotating Your Hips In The Downswing

  1. Eric this lesson literally helped me hit the ball best ever – so elegantly simple. I have been working on this so long – thank you sincerely. You have a new member to be!!

  2. Hi Eric – I love your explanation. What muscles are you using to rotate the right hip? (or left hip)? Thank you – I really look forward to your reply. Michael

  3. Hi Eric, this vid helped a lot, thank you! However, when I'm taking my backswing am I also turning my hips so my belly button is moving around to the right,?

  4. As a reformed slider, all I ever try to drive that left hip back, back, back. Sliders never have to think about driving it up, because that's what you do when you slide anyway. It's the only way I can keep the hips back and not hump the goat.

  5. It is the best explanation I have seen on the hips rotation. If could speak more slowly sometime,I am french and I could not catch every thing

  6. Hitting the ball so well after this. Hand drop to my right thigh as I turn and shift weight towards the target. Feels effortless when the timing is spot on and powerful. Great tips! Thanks.

  7. Nice vid but we’re not all strong young men like yourself. I used to be built like you but now I’m 46 with a bad back. It’s super tough to keep my posture at impact as this move creates a lot of torque on the lower spine.

  8. I'm able to compress my irons and rotate hard with a low left exit, but with my driver and even 3 wood, I cannot seem to recreate that feeling and hit consistently. Any suggestions?

  9. You are on. This video is awesome. Can you tell me the specific area that i should shift to on my first shift while rotating with my hips and shoulders. I told my friends at about your site at the Hal Sutton desert before the Hope classic in Newport beach.

  10. Thanks for your great demonstration. One thing that would you please tell me pressure forward at downswing and left knee move forward when starting downswing same?

  11. Hey Eric, I love all of your videos. You are one of the best at your craft on the entire internet. You should be very proud. I've struggled (same as you) with early extension and a flip look to my swing for 30 years with no luck. I noticed that on two of your three swings in this video your eyes were looking about two to three feet out in front of the ball instead of at the ball (ala DJ). Is this something you do to help with your staying down, and do you think this could help someone struggling with hitting down at the ball and extending up?

  12. I agree, great vid & explanations. Marketing vid title, always amazed hip movement info considered a secret after several hundred years of golf instruction. ÷)

  13. What you are not clear about is when you rotate, it looks like you rotate after you have hit the ball. If you rotate before you hit it you have opened up.

  14. I am in the same boat been fighting this for nearly 50 years! I tend to slide and get very stuck somehow. I'm working now on clearing the left hip, left shoulder and quickly firing the right hip and right shoulder (in that order) as the weight goes onto the left side, finishing with hips and shoulders more level and facing the target. That's the theory anyway and it looks good when I get it right. Thanks for your advice Eric hopefully I am on the right track now.

  15. I'm trying to get back into golf after about 15 years. Ànd I thought I was rotating okay. But your idea of having hips square to target after swing proves I'm a slider not a rotator. It's funny how you can believe you're doing one thing when in fact you're doing something else. Thanks for the video. This plus your one on steep back, shallow down is giving me a lot to work on.

  16. Great video. Did you start shifting before finishing your backswing? I've heard this was the way to shift and looked to be the case in your swing example.
    Think I need to do this as suffer from fat shots late in round. Heavily arthritic right knee gets fatigued and im late in transition. Was thinking I need to move before i start down.

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