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Rotating Your Chest PROPERLY In A Golf Swing

Rotating Your Chest PROPERLY In A Golf Swing
we get a lot of questions Shawn about rotation in the

golf

swing

golf

ers wouldn't be more open and impact they want to be more turned in the back

swing

and I think a lot of that rotation stems around a certain part of the body the hips and the lower body that's right a lot of

golf

ers think rotation really centers around the lower body the hips and it's certainly a big part of rotation but we're also ignoring a massive part of that equation yeah you know a lot of

golf

ers don't even realize that they should be putting focus some focus at least on how to rotate the

chest

and upper body correctly during this exactly right this this big mass above our belt here some bigger than others really has a lot to do with how we move the club it connects the shoulders the arms the hands to the club it's a really important part of the overall rotation we have in the

golf

swing

that's what today's video is all about let's talk about first we're gonna talk about the upper body rotation how it relates to the lower body and just to

swing

in general so let's break this down into back

swing

kind of transition and down

swing

absolutely so as far as

chest

movement in the back

swing

or rotation a couple couple key things to to focus its first define we're kind of looking at this ribcage area is when we're talking about the kind of a thorax and the

chest

I think a lot of people assume it's the shoulders the shoulders can move quite a bit different...
rotating your chest properly in a golf swing
without this so we're gonna really focus on this area right here in this video absolutely so as far as the back

swing

turning the

chest

properly

I think a lot of people understand that they need to turn right but there's a lot more detail to it than that and you know just looking at 3d data over the years from really good players we understand there's some key things you need to do in order to return

your

chest

or

your

trunk

properly

in the backside right really should join turn should be joined with another t-word tilt absolutely correct so let's talk about that for a minute I'll kind of turn down the line here and let's look at some of the pitfalls or issues we see first a lot of people when they're told just to turn they wind up in turn because it feels like they can get a lot of dreaming and all of this the shoulders are now and so where's

your

torso yeah so we see this every day and the lesson T an attempt to try to make a big turn the

golf

er will stand up because that creates a lot more freedom of rotation in their body so it feels easier the problem with that is it puts you in such a poor position with the

golf

club that you know everything that happens there needs to be another reaction to that most of time that person will regain all that tilt and then

swing

that's right the ball was up here on a tee like a tee ball that's okay well yeah the ball is way down here on the ground so we have to maintain some tilts as we're...
rotating your chest properly in a golf swing
turning and I think that's where a lot of

golf

ers get confused or sacrifice one of those for the other mm-hmm that's correct now let's just speak and maybe just the general terms here so let's say it address I'm bent over maybe 40 degrees sure so you know this is zero let's say I'm 40 right well a good mindset to have is okay at the top I don't want my body tilted to the left or from a right-handed

golf

er to the left that same 40 degrees that's right so as I go back you need to feel like this left to the ground that same 40 degrees absolutely but it's not necessarily forward tilt anymore correct and we've got a lot of videos that go into the forward bend and extension to spine but if you can just feel like as you make a back

swing

that this left shoulder starts to point down towards the ground as you rotate and you know you can even have Mike hold my head for a second you can even have a friend hold you to kind of feel what that sensation feels like and a lot of you are gonna realize oh wow I can't make as big of a turn that's right and that's what really tightens the

golf

swing

up rather than just kind of turning it all calls where it's something here and I let this club head get higher towards the sky just for the sake of getting a bigger turn okay you've accomplished that now you've got to deal with some serious issues on the down

swing

yes and so once I figure out you know after doing a drill maybe where...
rotating your chest properly in a golf swing
someone's holding

your

head or even you can even put

your

head up against the wall and make this turn once you get there it's gonna feel like you can't make as much turn you could just kind of stick

your

arms out with a club in

your

hands feel okay that that might be the end of

your

bat right right as opposed to where you would stand up and be able to make a

swing

that might be parallel to the ground you're sacrificing the correct body movements to make a good down

swing

right we see a lot of

golf

ers do that it's exactly a sacrifice they'll they'll build everything in their

golf

swing

around the back

swing

turn and really just they're left kind of fend for themselves on a down

swing

where we see the better players kind of start an impact right where do I want to be an impact and then let the back

swing

kind of determine that and there's a trend nowadays for everybody wanted he's really open and have tons of rotation and in fact the problem with that is that if you over turn on the back

swing

we see it every day and the lesson T overturning right if you over turn going back well you only have a quarter of a second to hit the balls from here so a lot of times if you have too much rotation on the back

swing

there's no time to get open so those of you that are struggling to get this kind of body position that you see on TV if you over rotate on the back

swing

and get out of position with

your

body as far as these tilts are concerned...
there's no way that you're gonna be able to get that looked at you're trying to achieve yeah there's not enough time you're asking

your

self to cover more rotational ground than the guys you see on TV every week and most of us just physically can't pull that off it's very true so I think the takeaway here for the key takeaways for the back

swing

are now as you turn back try to tilt

your

body the same kind of angle you had when you start us right right and again that might feel a lot shorter than normal but when you do that it's going to be a lot easier from there to make this good downs to move like we're about to talk about shallow the club get the club on plane and really come into impact much stronger positionally than you would be if you had to recover from that somewhere in the down

swing

okay Mike so we've arrived at the top of the back

swing

we've figured out how to turn our

chest

properly

with the right amount of tilt now we're turned and tilted correctly at the top now this is where we see a lot of things start to kind of go off the rails with

golf

ers and a lot of that's due to our side of the equation here the teaching side is we've kind of put out there for years that the hips should go first right we see a lot of guys actually on the driver working on something like fire in the hips keeping the

chest

back now that's true the hips most often go before the torso the

chest

huh the reality of it is is that window...
of timing is minut so to put that in perspective so you take a sprinter like Usain Bolt when they're in the sprinting blocks before the gun goes off you know they're set and ready to go they've trained years and years for that moment when the gun goes off it takes them a hundred and fifty milliseconds to react to that sound right yeah best athletes in the world type all right we see a number of

golf

ers when they get up to the top and the hips go first before the

chest

that time span is 10 milliseconds so way less than a world-class sprinter can move so in essence in practical sense they're moving at the same time yeah there's not enough time that even shows they are not trying to separate that movement they're trying to get it going first in fact we've had a lot of

golf

ers that have an out of sequence transition that we get to improve their sequence of the hips first before the torso by getting them to try to move the torso first or the arms first yeah and then the reason for that I think just on a very baseline level if I was trying to get this club moving as fast as I could I would mentally take it up the top and I'll give you some resistance yeah if I'm gonna pull on this I'm gonna brace my body first and kind of get my my legs situated under me which is part of that a little bit of pelvis it's just the natural athletic reaction to what you're trying to do and generate speed it's not a fire one like we've heard the...
stages at the rocket launch it's not fire fire fire right the timing is way too tiny for you to physically be able to do that it's much more about all together kind of timing and you'd be surprised at how that sequence turns out to be correct yeah and you know you see the other part of it where you've got someone with a real poor back sewing that does sure do they are able to fire the torso way out of hand everything else but most of the time on the lesson tee I see guys trying to drink we're talking about getting

your

self in that good back

swing

you've got the tilts and the turns right so so that move is not happen whoo-hoo then from here it's dish rather than that and the reason being is we're turned about 45 degrees more with our torso than our hips down

swing

is a very short amount of time that's what we're gonna talk about here in the next segment you've got to be able to close that gap all right Sean so we've got our back

swing

turned and tilted we've done our down

swing

the transition to our down

swing

now the right concept involved with the timing of what lose when we now let's talk about the all-important down

swing

aspect of this

chest

turn yeah so let me switch with Mike in the Gottis alignment stick so at the top of the

swing

Mike talked about this in the last segment you know we're 45 degrees of separation basically so I've got 90 with the trunk and 45 with the lower body so for all intents and purposes...
you know as the body starts to get moving you may see a little tiny increase in this very little and right in the beginning of transition but from then on out all the way to impact my trunk is working to catch up or close the gap between these two sticks right right to the point where an impact some of the best ball strikers that we've measured are actually equal there's no separate yeah they have less than two degrees of separation that's with like a 50 40 to 50 degree head start yeah so these are PGA Tour players we're talking about so the winners um I think the the misconception is that you want

your

hips to stay way out ahead of the torso though that's the whole time I know I thought that growing up because I was taught x-factor and you know like a really hard firing in the lower body keep the head behind the ball and I have a bad back because of it sorry but if you can get these sticks to catch up to each other and you can actually practice that at home by the time you get the impact there can be a little bit of a gap here but you know if you could just line them up that'd be kind of a good thought process instead of having this huge gap as you come down yeah when you're doing

your

slow-motion impact drills you can come in here and kind of feel

Chest

on and belt buckle kind of pointing at the same way you don't want one way out here and the

chest

way back here you really have difficulties with path plane all those things you're exactly...
right yeah and one more little key you can you hold that for a second key to go along with what you're trying to do at impact with

your

body so we talked about this in the back saying that you have to have the right amount of tilt to

your

upper body well it's very similar at impact if I'm coming into the impact area I don't want to have level shoulders as I turn because I would basically don't miss the ball right so as you practice

your

impact and you have

your

alignment stick here trying to close the gap what you also can feel is that this right shoulder is is lower than where you start it right that's gonna have some tilt in this direction as well and what we see with some of the best players in the world is that a lot of times the till matches the amount of rotation so if they have thirty degrees of rotation they have thirty degrees of tilt that gets them matched up an impact good clubface control and that's the correct way to rotate the

chest

that's exactly right so that's the concept that's what should be happening now we're going to come back give you a couple drills to work on this all right so now let's look at two drills that are really gonna tie all these things together give you something to practice at home when the weather's not so nice outside like it is today yeah so hopefully so let's first talk about the take away take away so important with regards to

chest

turning right what do we see most often in...
this case it's very similar we talked about in the in the first segment just a lot of turn right and there may be a flat turn with the club way down there yeah so the clubs now got to just be lifted yeah and then the action that that is over the top so too much turn and it almost a too flat of a turn so the drill for that no one that Mike and I use a lot with students is take

your

normal address position pick

your

right hand over the club like this you keep it there and just

swing

your

left arm back until the club is parallel to the ground now that's a pretty good amount of turn when the club is parallel yeah you've used up about maybe the portion of

your

back

swing

turn instead of using the whole amount that's right right so this is a good way to start to sequence the back

swing

now once you get to the top you can just take

your

club and drop it across

your

shoulders and make sure you've got so this is actually a drill near dear to me because I use all the time because I'm one of those guys and I think a lot of people this happens with the shoulders and

chest

feels strong right so we get those things moving early and then the club's got nothing to do but lift weight so this is a great drill that I work on all the time is getting that early sequence right and then the back

swing

becomes much more reactionary yeah so those are the two that you could marry together get to take away and here you got enough turn finish the back

swing

with some rotation...
right you can let this club drop off and just make sure it's some tear so you're not pointed at the wall all right now let's do another one this is me we're entire back

swing

ing entire down

swing

as far as matching you turn to tilt okay let's use the windmill okay so yeah really good one so let's say I use this a lot and lesson straight like this okay if we were playing

golf

on a higher angle or a level to the ground the game would be easy because we would just rotate level so the the body motion would look like this all right be easy game well it's not that easy because the ball is down there so we have to tilt forward I'd only do that the windmill has to correspondingly rotate on a tilted angle so this might be the greatest drill for starting to sense what

your

body needs to do on the back

swing

and in the impact and I could just put my hands there and I'm gonna pretty don't do that let's do that slow so I want to see what we see a lot sure and it's kind of a red flag to give you some cues to work on so well we see a lot of time when he goes back

swing

rotation as we'll see

golf

ers trying to keep this still they'll still get that right and it's a real indication of how tight some of these muscles are in our body around the lats and the shoulders and all that you really want to put

your

self in front of a mirror when you're doing this and be is true to this kind of airplane shape as you can possibly keep it...
absolutely right to keep going this over no it's a great warm-up so we don't play this that's difficult to do then you're gonna know that hey there's maybe a physical issue that I need to go work on yeah but first do this you're gonna get a really good sense of where these tilts need to match the turn do that a take away drill you'll be well on

your

way to getting this

chest

turning much better in the

golf

swing

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