A common swing fault which I see frequently during the golf swing is a lack of hip rotation and separation between the lower and upper body during the downswing.
Fault – At impact, we see the hips and body matched up and facing the golf ball.
Ideal – We would ideally like to see the hips around 40 degrees open and shoulders less open than the hips but still open to the target line.
As the golf swing is a rotational/circular movement, the hips and body need to pivot efficiently, otherwise, the arms and hands will have to become more active during impact. Poor rotation and incorrect sequencing will lead to less power & speed being generated during the golf swing.
When the arms become more active you will see a disconnection between the arms and body. The arms will move out and away from the body in an effort to try to generate the club head speed. This disconnection and over active arms and hands lead’s to an unstable and inconsistent delivery of both the clubface alignment and club path, resulting in inconsistent golf shots.
If you were to try and throw a ball a long distance, would you keep your whole body static and only move your arm to power the throw? I hope not…you certainly wouldn’t throw the ball very far. We need to initiate the throw by turning and opening the hips which would then trigger the torso and finally the arms. This is the correct sequencing, and the same principles apply when swinging a golf club.
From the top of the golf swing the first movement needs to be your left hip (right handed golfer) rotating out and back. This will create a twisting and separation between the upper and lower body, which will have a slingshot effect to generate speed, similar to stretching an elastic band. With better rotation you need to be careful that you don’t continue to move the arms independently away from the body. As your hips are rotating correctly they will be powering the swings speed and, therefore, the arms and hands can stay more passive during the swing. The feeling is to get the right upper arm staying attached to the side of your body during the downswing. This will lead to more consistent strikes as the club head will stay more stable.
Once you get the hips rotating to generate more speed along with the arms staying passive you will hit the ball longer and straighter than ever!