GOLF: Three Simple Steps To Perfect Lower Body Motion – Plus An Early Extension Fix

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Three Simple Steps To Perfect Lower Body Motion –
And An Early Extension Fix

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In this video I offer up a couple of feels and a different way to think about how your lower body works for those of you guys struggling with rotation or pivot. This will also give an early extension fix.

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When we're talking lower body motion, I'm going to talk specifically about how the lower body works during the downswing. The two pieces we talk about in the lower body are how much you should shift forward during your down swing, and how much you should rotate during the downswing.

Now the third part we don't talk about as much is the squeeze part or the extension part. So, the lower body is really three parts. It's a shift number one, it's a turn number two, and it's squeeze number three.

From the top of my swing, I'm doing the shifting part and the turning part more or less at the same time. I’m shifting and turning right away from the top of my swing gradually until I'm at impact and then into my follow through. By the time you get to roughly when the club is parallel to the ground in your downswing, you really start to add the squeeze park or the extension part.

If you notice a good golf swing that has a good pivot and good rotation from the top, the knees get closer. So, there's a distance between my knees when I start. When I go to the top that distance gets smaller. In transition that distance gets bigger again and then to the finish it gets smaller again. That part at the end is the squeeze part I'm talking about.

Part of my legs coming together for the “squeeze” is straightening them up. From the top I'm shifting and turning, then at some point I need to start straightening my legs and get that gap closer together and squeeze my knees together.

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So, there are really three steps here – a shift, a turn at the same time throughout the whole swing, and late in the down swing there is a squeeze or an extension. The point of doing any of this is to increase your overall rotation, have a better pivot, more speed, hit the ball more solid, and play better golf.


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Tom Deconti says:

Possibly the reason why i have been fading the ball and harder to draw it.Throwing the right knee out instead of in toward the left pushing out on the right foot.

Lou Buth says:

I've watched a lot of golf teachers both in-person and on-line in my life and nobody communicates as effectively the critical "nuances" of the golf swing like you do. Keep it up my friend!

x14pro says:

Too complicated sir

Harold Pohoresky says:

I like the ide to keep in mind of getting tothe wall fully turned as the goal for perfecting the lower body turn on the down swing. But when is the goal reached at impact before impact or after impact?

Zach Gerlach says:

Hey Eric, great content in your videos. I’m new to your channel but what you’ve accomplished so far I am trying to model in my coaching business as well. I started a YouTube channel recently and if you have any recommendations based on your experience that could help me gather a following that would be much appreciated! I enjoy listening to other golf professionals that are using what I would consider the proper terminology.

Lower body sequencing is crucial as you know and combining hip rotation, lateral and pressure shift, and especially hip extension goes a long way in creating more consistent contact for all the amateur golfers out there.

Keep up the good work!

Robert Mayer says:

Thank you Eric and Mary for backing off on the audio highlights during the video text.
I am sure this was not for my benefit only.
Please keep up the great work and thanks for listening to your followers feedback.

666gregor says:

Great drills as always Eric, the correlation of this video would be fully committing to the shot

Mike Jones says:

Big Bad Ballin Azz Eric C Da MF’n Golf Pimp just told folks to activate dey glutes ?? Ima needz to translate dat fo da hood golfaz … Yo my golfin ninjas and ninjets, check game…..what he mean iz u gotz to getz lemon booty tight on da top of dat back swing and at da follow thru right after ball contact … u know what I’m talkin bout … like some one squeezed a big azz wedge of yellow citrus around ur hind parts instead of around ur eye … pucker that thang up like u iz bout to pinch off and u will improve ur golf swing ??? As per usual, EC da Golfessor and Sweet Sweet Mary put it on for the ?? – ♿️ers (High Handicappers) … Special shout out to big Mike from down at dat South African country club, vicious left hooks kid…..Golf fights are the best ⛳️? …tube it, you’ll laugh ?

Harold Pohoresky says:

Dave raises a real good question

Sarge 06 says:

I have to compliment you on your knowledge of the golf swing, and I’m sure one would benefit more from private and a more systematic golf lesson program, but this is information overload, there is no possible way anyone can hit a golf ball thinking about all these things. Hips, glutes, legs opening/closing etc. if I was to throw a ball and thought about any of this the ball would go who knows where.
When we walk, we don’t need to think about putting one foot in front of another, the swing happens too fast to think about any of this. Yes there are some key elements to the golf swing but there comes a point where it all becomes one big ball of confusion.
Golf instruction nowadays is getting too robotic and no wonder an average player can’t break 90.
Please simplify.

Dave Patterson says:

Great video. I was hoping you would cover the straightening of the legs move. Whenever I think of straightening my legs it seems to lead to me getting taller and losing my tush line. My leg movement doesn’t look too bad on video. I’m thinking I need to focus more on upper body feels like forward flexion and right side bend. Any recommendations? Thanks for all the great instruction.

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