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A lot of the videos on the website are geared towards golfers who tend to overuse their body. A term that I coined that I call hip spinners. So what that typically looks like, is a golfer, as he goes to the top of the swing, as he starts to drive really hard with his lower body, the heel comes up really quick, the hips get open really fast, and the arms and club head get trapped behind the body and it leads to a very in to out swing path, and tends to create big, high blocks and snap hooks.
Typically, we find that in the lower handicapped golfer who has learned to use his body a little bit better, and tends to overdo it. Just like anything in life, you can have too much of a good thing. So, that right side pushing motion is a very, very powerful motion. Many of the videos on the website are geared towards calming that down. Because a lot of the players that I work with tend to be higher level, or professional players, so a lot of that stuff gets conveyed on the website.
Of course, we realize that’s not everybody. There’s a lot of golfers out there who aren’t hip spinners, so what you actually need to do is use some of that pushing power to help you get around, and get your hips open. The antithesis of the hip spinner, is the golfer who goes to the top of the swing, doesn’t use his lower body at all, and then looks kind of like the same he did at address, at impact. The hips are dead square, or sometimes even shut, when really they have to be open a little bit.
Two ways to do that, of course. One is to pull with the left side, which you want to do. There’s a lot of videos on the website talking about how to pull yourself over to this impact position, to get into a posted position, and to rotate your hips open. But of course, any time you’re dealing with rotation in the body, you’re always going to use both sides. You’re going to use pushing and pulling muscles. But typically what happens, is most golfers don’t feel the pushing motion. It’s a very powerful, dominant motion, so you don’t really notice it. A lot of the stuff on the website is getting you to feel that less dominant pulling motion that moves you in towards center, and keeps your joints in alignment, and so on.
Of course, if you tend to not get your hips open at all, and you’re trying to pull really hard with the left, you may actually want to start to use some pushing motion, or start to focus on it, to get your hips open coming into impact. You can quickly overdo this if you tend to learn how to pick things up really quick with your body, and tend to be a little bit more athletic. You can start going from this dead square impact position, to all of a sudden getting your hips really ripped open, because this is a very powerful motion. This is kind of like putting gasoline on a fire for some golfers, because this is the last thing they need to focus on.
But if you’re the type of golfer who tends to be very square, or even shut, with your hips at impact, learning how to use your lower body for power is a critical thing. This is going to help you start to get some more power into your swing, but you’ve got to be careful with it. Once you start to get this down, it’s kind of addictive. You’re going to start to want to really drive. That’s why I don’t talk about pushing much on the website at all, because most golfers do it, and they don’t even realize it. They don’t have a clue that they’re doing it, they can’t feel it, it’s a very powerful motion, that’s very effortless for most golfers.