Golf Swing Pivot Explained – Side Bend, Forward Bend, Rotation


Hi Robin here. I an going to try to explain
in a little more detail how the body works in the back swing. It’s quite a difficult
subject. So if you have any questions, leave a few comments. Any particular part of what
I have explained that you don’t understand, leave a comment. I will try to do another
video explaining that part in more detail. There are three main components to the back
swing; 1. Rotation 2. Side bend 3. Forward bend. In your back swing body movement, body pivot
is made up of a combination of those three things. What we will do in the golf swing
is we will start with about 40 degrees of forward bend, perhaps about 10 degrees side
bend, depending on the club you are using. Then as you make the back swing, your forward
bend will decrease and your side bend will increase. See this position at top when you
are looking from the front. The position of the upper body is the forward bend movement.
From behind, keeping your posture at an angle is the side bend movement. Many people think that if you have a tilted
look to your swing, and you’re reverse pivoting, I’ve done a video on this before, It is because
you are putting too much of this movement in your swing. Well actually because your
forward bend is straightening too much. You see, If I was to highlight this forward
bend with the stick standing up straight, that’s zero degrees and I was to go forward
into that forty degree position– If I was to keep forty degrees all the way through
to my back swing, my upper body would get outside my right foot. It would be a very
difficult position to smack the ball solid from. That forward bend must decrease to just
below zero. If I take it to a good position at the top, you can see now that would be
just be below zero. People who go above zero into minus that’s when you start to see the
tilt. That’s you. Very good exercise. Just take the stick, stand up straight, get in
at zero forward into your posture, and just try to rotate keeping the stick below horizontal.
Perhaps some of the players get too much over the right side, you have to learn and try
to bring that stick a little bit closer to zero keeping you more central on the ball. If you are somebody who tends to lose their
postural angles during the swing that’s more because of side bends, not because of forward
bend. So you need to try to learn to keep your left shoulder a little closer to the
ground, increasing your side bend, your right hip will feel a little higher, your left hip
will feel a little lower, your left shoulder will feel lower, your right shoulder will
feel higher. Keeping your posture angles come from increasing your side bend in the back
swing. I know that’s a little bit more detailed and
perhaps a little more complicated than how you have had the pivot explained to you before
but sometimes, things are not as simple as they seem. When you really know the real truth,
it gives you a chance to start improving. Perhaps, even if you are having a lessons
and you don’t quite understand what you are doing wrong, this video might help you understand
the concepts a little better and help you start improving in your own practice.

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