Golf Lesson – Correct Lower Body Movement
Golf Lesson – Correct Lower Body Movement

Ok. Here is a lesson I did earlier in the
summer. A good lesson for anybody who struggles making the correct transition from the ground
up, and perhaps anybody struggling with getting the club over the top, a little bit steep,
or any pull shots and slice shots. But the main message I want to get across here, it’s
hard for most players – it’s not a good idea overly restricting your hips, or overly restricting
your legs in the backswing. You really have to be very flexible or almost hyper mobile
before you really want to consider that. And I think this lesson should show you this. First of all, I said this player’s stance
is a little wide, making it difficult to transfer the pressure in his feet correctly. But the
main message I wanted to get across to him was how he overly restricted his left side,
his left knee. He almost pushed it out on the back swing, overly restricted his hips,
so his pressure wouldn’t transfer in his right side correctly. And for me, he wasn’t putting
himself in the position which would encourage the correct transition. Maybe you can’t see
that right now, but you will after you see the drill and the new swing. But his problem was that from this, everything
would move together, club, arm, shoulders, hips, in the downswing. He would pull his
arms very hard rather than leaving the downswing from the ground up. This would cause the club
to come down a little too much in front of him, on a slightly steep angle. His club head
would be traveling to the left of the target and too much down under the golf ball at impact.
He would hit poor strikes, pull shots, and weak cuts to the right, because he was dominating
his downswing with his upper body and his arms. This is quite clear because his shoulders
are more open at impact than what his hips are. So he’s not using his lower body correctly. But what I asked him to do was, first of all,
I wanted him to narrow his stance. And then we did a drill where I put a cardboard box,
and I asked him that as his shoulders are turning, let his knees remain soft. Don’t
overly restrict them, and let your left knee come across to the ball line. So he just touched
the cardboard box, the shoe box, at the top of the back swing. This allowed his hips to turn a little more
freely. His left knee was more crossed, and for me, this is now a much more instinctive
position to start the downswing from the ground up. You can see now, quite clearly, there’s
no pulling of the arms. The lower body is starting the downswing with a weight shift
to the left, left hip rotating. But the good part, this was instinctive. He didn’t really
think about this. It came from freeing up the movement in the back swing. Now, if we move on, he has this feeling. We
transferred this to his full swing, letting his legs move, letting the left knee come
across, he became a lot more free to turn. And from that, the lower body started the
downswing, improved his weight transfer, improved his left hip turning out of the way. You can
see that clearly with the left leg position at impact. It’s not so buckled and bent. Improved
weight shift, improved rotation. But the key was that because he was now starting
his downswing with his lower body, rather than his upper body, the club started to come
down more on plane. Before/Afterwards, the club started to come down more on plane, so
the club head was traveling towards the target, and he wasn’t hitting quite so much down on
the golf ball at impact. Strike became almost instantly more pure, and he lost those pull
shots and slice shots. So as I said, the key here is, I know it’s
been talked about a lot over the years, but really, for most players, don’t overly try
to restrict your legs, your hips in the back swing. You really have to be very flexible,
almost hyper mobile before you consider that. Your lower body can follow the rotation of
your upper body. And I think for most players, the left knee coming across to the ball line,
as you finish the top of your back swing, is a good thing. It will encourage the correct
transition. It will make your transition more instinctive.

19 thoughts on “Golf Lesson – Correct Lower Body Movement”

  1. Jonathan W Golf says:

    Very good Robin.

  2. Claus R. Povlsen says:

    Super Great lesson.

  3. Hugos House says:

    Great lesson as always

  4. Paul Denim says:


  5. Keith Jones says:

    Great video, had a pull shot and slice for months and couldn't find the answer….I think this could be the fix!

  6. Slaney Mullen says:

    I think I need this drill – I am finding it so hard to start the down swing with my body and often slide with my hips and get left behind on top. I have also just recently noticed that my stance is a bit wide maybe this makes it harder to get the weight to transfer as the wide stance restricts my legs. How wide should a stance be is there a formula/ratio? Great video Thank you 

  7. Mark Schlossberg says:

    Robin, excellent as always. I have been playing for three years and I still struggle to clear my hips more than 10 degrees at impact. Trying to "clear the left hip" isn't helping as a swing thought. Would you please break down for me the entire downswing sequence from the top. I load well into my right side as I went to a clinic that spent two hours focusing just on that.

    Thanks very much, Mark ([email protected])

  8. samiam1150 says:

    I totally agree with your position. Restricting knee and hip movement is a recipe for injury.

  9. Oi Shirley says:

    Literally went downstairs and tried this and it help pure my irons better. Although the only thing I do not agree with is the position of the left and right arm at impact. Shouldn't they be more aligned towards the left leg at impact?

  10. Oi Shirley says:

    I watched some of your videos, you have helped me. Definitely. However, I think I am quitting golf. I can't get any better.

  11. Jim Pringle says:

    Good advice! Thanks.

  12. Aldo Linares says:

    That's my problem. I'll start the downswing with my upper body.

  13. Ken Grieve says:

    Great lessons, I find yours the most informative on the web however how does he get that club shaft to arc forward, I'm having a tough time with it.

  14. Steve B says:

    Hi Robin, my flaw with the driver is I lift up onto my toes at impact ! Irons are ok. Any drills or tips

  15. 1664Louis says:

    Crushing my irons with this drill today! Seemed to cure my flat swing plane too, is this normal? Also was leaking my woods out to the right

  16. JayZoop says:

    It seems like the left knee needs to go back to grab the hips.

  17. JayZoop says:

    It seems like the left knee needs to go back to grab the hips.

  18. Jancen says:

    Hi Robin, how do you increase the separation between the upper and lower body? Any drill you can suggest? Thanks.

  19. Michael Najera says:

    I did this, and I would also add that while you shouldn't over restrict, you should also have your core and legs tight in an athletic stance. It should be some where in the middle. I tried this and started getting early extension because I was letting my core and legs come too loose. Get to the top of your back swing and have a friend try and nudge off balance. If they can't nudge you out of place, you are in a good athletic stance.

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