How Much To Turn Your Hips & Shoulders – PGA Professional Robin Symes explains the correct amount of hip and shoulder turn for each individual player.
Hi, Robin here. You’ve been watching some of the best players around the world on the different tours, both men and ladies. You’ll be noticing that some players seem to have very long swings, with a large amount of shoulder turn and hip turn, playing very well. There’s also some players with quite short swings, winning majors they seem to only turn their hips and shoulders a small amount. That’s what I want to focus on in this video; rotation and what you should be looking for in your swing. We’re all made differently, we all different ranges of movements in every one of our joints. So, we shouldn’t look the same. We all have an optimum amount of rotation for us.
The rule for me in finding your own optimum amount of rotation is as simple as this, you cannot rotate too much. If you keep stability in your right foot, the sole of your shoe flat on the ground with a little more pressure on the inside of the foot, and stability in your right leg where you’ve maintained a little bit of knee flex through the top of your backswing. When I test myself, I can turn my hips around to 40 degrees, my shoulders to 80 degrees, keeping stability in my right foot and my right leg. If I was to go past 40 and 80 I would start to lose stability in my right foot where the foot would roll to the outside and the pressure would come off the inside of the foot. It would make a correct transition very difficult. My right leg would probably start to straighten up, maybe causing a little more tilt to my upper body, changing the position of my arm on the club. So, it’s very important that I only rotate to the point where I can keep stability, and that’s the same rule for all of us.
Some very flexible players, mainly lady players, they might be able to go 50 and 100, keeping stability. For most of us it will be less than that. There will be players who can only go 35 and 70 while keeping stability and for them, that’s their optimum amount of rotation and the position they will play the best golf from. Just try making a few pivots like I’ve just shown you, finding how much you can turn your hips and shoulders keeping stability in your right leg.
Rising Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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