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January 22, 2013

Three foundations to a consistent golf swing

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BEND RIGHT

The second skill that must be mastered is bending properly at the hips.

Your spine is generally made to stay in a static position (not bending), while the hips do most of the moving. The test here is to bend forward while standing, without rounding your back. 

To practice this, take a broomstick and hold it against your back. Get the back of your head, your upper back and the back of your hips to touch the stick all at the same time. 

Once this is done, bend forward at the hips without losing contact. This may be extremely hard to do for some but is worth practicing. 

Many golfers will swing the club while their spine is bent, causing extreme stress on the vertebral disks. By maintaining spinal alignment, you will be much less likely to injure yourself, as well as stay more consistent.  

SEPARATION

The last movement that is crucial to an effective golf swing involves separating your upper and lower body. This is not to be taken literally, of course, but you should be able to rotate your upper torso without rotating your hips. 

Many who can’t do this can end up with knee pain due to the fact that while they are winding up on the loaded leg, they are not able to keep a solid base support. This causes misalignment of the joints below the hips and can cause injury and energy leaks. 

A mirror is the best tool to use to learn this drill. 

Watching your reflection, try turning your hips without turning your shoulders and vice versa. By learning how to do this, you will be engaging many of the stabilizer muscles of the hips and core, making your swing more successful later on.

As many of you know, the golf swing is a very complex movement. Like sports such as javelin, olympic lifting, and hockey, golf requires years of experience to truly master.

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