Great hip rotation in the golf swing — the Tour players have it, we all want it.
Hip rotation is one of the more difficult concepts to learn, especially if you’re trying to take your game to a higher level.
Probably the most important question we all ask is: “What does it feel like?” Golf is a game of “feel” and as Butch Harmon once told Tiger Woods: “There’s a difference between ‘feel’ and ‘real’.”
Today we’ve brought in the popular Michael Breed, host of Course Record With Michael Breed that airs every Monday morning at 11 a.m. on the CBS Sports Network.
Michael has a great drill that will help you improve your hip rotation and it’s one of the key factors in the golf swing. The downswing starts with the feet, legs and hips, the hips have to move in order for the club to be able to release properly. If the hips aren’t moving, you can bet that shot is going right, perhaps waaaaaay right. And no one wants that.
When you try the drill and turn that front foot (left foot if you’re a right-handed golfer, right foot if you’re channeling Phil Mickelson) you’re going to feel pretty restricted on your backswing and for those who tend to over-swing, that’s a good thing.
With that front foot pointing downrange, those hips HAVE to move properly, no way around it.
Here’s something else you can try as well. Take an alignment stick and put it through your front belt-loops so it’s pointing down-range. When you get the club to the top, make that alignment stick move first before the club starts down.
That will give you another training aid that can improve the quality of your practice time.
You can also work on moving your hips without even going outside, use Michael’s drill and use the alignment sticks without swinging the club — that will still help you.
Most of all — practice!