To Your Golf Swing – Tilts
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The most important thing to assist in adding rotation to your golf swing is to have the proper amount of hip and shoulder tilt in your downswing. And if you don’t have them in your swing there, it makes rotation really difficult.
At the starting address position, ideally my hips are reasonably level and my shoulders are going to have a little bit of a tilt to them. As I make my backswing and I go up to the top of my swing there’s no doubt the left side of my hip or pelvis is a little bit lower than the right side of my hip. Most of that is due to the fact that my knees change flex.
Watch any good player – like the Tommy Fleetwood and Jordan Speith videos here – and you’ll see their right hip is higher than their left hip going back. The same thing applies to my shoulders as I make a turn during the back swing.
So, when I go to the top, my left hip is lower than my right hip. My left shoulder is lower in space than my right shoulder. In transition in the beginning phases of the downswing, the goal is to keep that relationship the same. In transition, when you keep your tilts, it makes the rotation pieces a whole heck of lot easier.
You do not want your left hip higher than your right hip and your left shoulder higher than your right shoulder.. If I tilt up, that means I slide right as soon as I tilt that way. There’s a slide and there’s no rotation.
If you mess up the backswing pieces, the downswing pieces are a lot harder. If I go back and my left hip is not lower than my right and they’re already level, I’m probably not going re-lower it in transition. I’m already too high. I’m going to probably make the same downswing move and then I’m going to be too high as well.
I see so many videos of people who turned back perfectly flat and then they wonder why they have no rotation. It’s a reaction to the backswing pieces.
Your left hip should be lower than your right and your left shoulder should be lower than your right going back. And then in transition, that’s where the feels come in. I really like the sensation of my left hip feeling like it goes down. In my mind, my left hip is getting closer to my ankle as I rotate. I feel like my legs reflex a lot. I’m actually rotating this leg, but I really feel like my, my hip, my left side of my belt buckle was getting closer to my ankle. I can feel my ankle pressing into the ground when I do that.
It’s the same thing with my left shoulder. I feel my left shoulder’s going down like I’m doing like a side crunch here from the top. My shoulder is going down and around.
As a way to practice this, I put an alignment stick through my belt loops. The stick should be pretty level to the ground at my address position. When I go to the top, the stick is it pointed down towards the ground. Now my goal is to point the stick more down towards the ground and more to the left as I do my rotation pieces. Be sure to use a mirror or video for feedback when you are practicing.
If you’re tilts are off, meaning your left side of your pelvis or shoulder are too high during the downswing, you’re not going to rotate. If they’re not low enough going back, you’re going to have to do a lot to get them low in transition. And check out my analysis of some of the pros actually doing it in slow motion to help your visual. This will make your rotation pieces a heck of a lot easier during the downswing.
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