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Sport North says:

Incredible insight, Russell, I strongly feel that the hip rotation points you make will lead to better balance as you are much more stable turning than you would be sliding no? Can't wait to try this at home.

Fran M says:

This clearly shows my fault in my hips from your rear view Russell. Need to work on the pressure shift to get that weight into to my right side. I don't appear to have any, just a rotation around my right leg!

Demystified Golf says:

You missed the most important part – that you're torso is moving CLOSER to the ball as you take the club away. This is how the pressure is created – like compressing a spring. Most players torso moves away and backward, shifting their center of balance away from the ball, so from there, they attempt to throw the hands and club at the ball driving the torso backward even more – causing early extension. You can't swing in a direction unless you're already leaning in that direction – BEFORE YOU ATTEMPT TO SWING.
At address the center of gravity needs to be between your feet and the ball, as you take the club away and prepare to swing (aka wind-up) the center of gravity has to move closer to the ball or even beyond it – not away from it. This will make you feel as if you're falling forward over the ball but the hands, arms and club are moving backward and counterbalancing this action. At the top of the backswing the center of gravity moves even more toward or beyond the ball, you begin to fall in that direction (toward the ball) which allows you to swing will the full power and weight of the body. Ultimately, you don't fall forward because the arm, hands and club swing around pulling you back up into balance. It's a controlled fall – just like walking. Walking is just falling forward, catching ourselves and recovering our balance with each new step. Golf is learning to fall toward the ball, swinging and recovering our balance.
When performed properly it will feel as if you're too close to the ball and that you'll hit it fat. This is true which is why lag and shaft lean are important. If you're used to extending, you'll have to overcome that too in order to make this work properly. You can't just fix one thing.

Dave Humby says:

It's informative and interesting, from the camera view from behind your shift is around 3 inches. If I draw a vertical line down from your pocket /outside hip it comes inside your right foot but then moves to your outside of your right foot, I'm not saying you sway but from behind it's seems you move to the right and then rotate or are you rotating and moving to the right at the same time. I'm a firm believer that this game starts at the ground and at 60yrs old I can still rotate my hips passed the 45* mark and so can my shoulders, my point or question I think should be " at my age should I be looking for less effort less distance and more control " ? Or should play my game like the 40yr old I feel like, I play off 11.1 hcap and pushing hard to get to single figures before the end of the year. Many thanks to you and the information you freely give I hope that all the teaching pro's out there don't copy your program, one last thing, I appear to have a very large library of information that I read constantly, there's a lot of stuff to read but I have to take my hat off to you ,all the years I've been reading YOUR interpretations and explanations are all in these books you give them the visuals that most teaching pro's don't. Please keep up the good work.

Fran M says:

Great video Russel. My swing has morphed into a much more repeatable swing since I've been watching your channel. Thank you!

Pam Cromwell says:

Don’t forget to get those Senior suggestions out here…?

Malcolm Roden says:

Brilliant really helps seeing your swing in action, since watching your videos it’s changed my approach to my game completely, and everything feels more comfortable if that makes sense.
I am in my 60’s and either elbows or wrists or shoulders and hip joints would ache after a game or at the range, as everything was out of sync.
It’s by no means perfect yet, but enjoying it even more now, might even get single figure this year.
Thank you

Diego Diaz says:

Mr No. 1 teacher. Surely there has to be a little shift towards target transition before opening up ? Surely .. no ?

Jumpin' JohnnyGee says:

Russ, I like the way you describe the anatomical feelings and how you demonstrate a solid swing. I have adopted your video instruction as my primary teaching method. Previously you discussed the lead shoulder rotation that helped me keep the club more on plain in the backswing. I used to tuck my elbow underneath in an attempt to keep my lead arm straight that restricted my backswing and caused me to cast on the downswing. Along with a better hip turn and loading into the trail heel as well as an improved release pattern my shots are significantly more on target with less draw curve. My clubhead speed is still pretty low, however the consistency of my contact and ball flight is definitely improved. Thanks for your instruction videos.


brilliant tuition tips as usual, great series thankyou

Jesse Vardaman says:

Thanks for this series on the how the hips work in the golf swing. Excellent instruction that should help all golfers. Since I've been following your channel and working on how the hips work I am hitting better quality shots. Good stuff

Don Edgecombe says:

From the way you were flushing the ball, I don't think there are options on the pivot. As your right cheek moves back do you have the feeling that the left hip moves equidistant forward? It doesn't appear so. Looks like your left hip is actually moving more left than around whilst your right cheek moves back during the load-up. Any feel tips you might share about your left side in the backswing?

Timothy Daniels says:

One thing that’s very clear in this video is the way your arms work as a unit with no interference from your upper body, because it’s moved out of the way. A lot of us keep too much pressure

David Ciccoritti says:

The shift thing is interesting. Stenson does the same thing. Think I'm might give it a try.

Doug Birch says:

Hey Russell I love how you break everything down. It works and is easy to understand. Can you touch on touch on your thoughts on the golf swing when you don’t have a lot of mobility? I still have a 104 mph golf swing but I lack mobility and I can’t get to all the positions. Thank you

Paul Newman says:

Hi great vid again I turn fine but when I turn the hip on down swing I seem to take club on out side and pull the ball or knowing where I am try to square the face resulting in a slice help me feel like giving up !!!
play of 9 hcp so as you can imagine scramble well but would rather hit the right shot thank Russell

e99783 says:

You don’t post your left leg very much in your iron swing. Why?

Michael Smith says:

I have working on this very thing, so watching your video was helpful in showing me more about the proper hip turn. My question is how to control the degree of hip turn. Taking it back until I feel fully turned at the hip is fine, but that varies with your individual flexibility. Is there an actual degree of turn goal? Basic instruction usually calls for a rule of thumb of approximately 45 degrees and 90 degrees for the shoulders. Any thoughts are just go with what I feel to be fully coiled?

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