THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PIVOT

 

One of the more confusing aspects of the golf swing for many people is the PIVOT,

 

What is the pivot? When does it work? Why is is so important?

 

 

The pivot is the rotation of the body not only into impact but also beyond impact. The key ingredient of proper pivot use is truly how it engages and woks beyond the strike. It is one of the most important factors to allow a golf swing to function efficiently more often than not.

 

Once a golfer understands that the speed of the swing- utilizing the bigger muscles of the pivot also- truly has to feel like it is happening well after the ball is struck then they become part owners of the golden ticket to better golf!!!

 

Things happen sooner in the golf swing than we feel them- and this is the major reason poor golfers use up all their energy on the transition and downswing and have nothing left to continue with through the ball and to the finish of the swing.

 

We can call this being "ball bound"... or misunderstanding the recent logic that once we "hit the ball nothing else matters". We only have to listen to great golfers before us to understand this logic is flawed.

 

Ken Venturi: "Good golfers hit through the ball- not AT the ball"

 

Gene Sarazen: " On a good shot I really have the feeling of my body RIDING through the shot to the finish"

 

Ben Hogan: "To hit a propellant far and straight you must have greater speed after you hit the propellant than before you hit it or make contact with the propellant. Now relating ti a golf swing, you must have greater speed beyond the swing- beyond the hit- than you did when you hit it. And the physics book tells us that it will go straighter and farther. I've tried it and it works!!!"

So many golfers swings are already doomed as soon as the transition of backswing to downswing commences. In an all out effort to create as much speed as they can on the downswing - because they are ball bound and have no comprehension of continuing the strike beyond impact- they end up throwing the shaft away from their body- releasing their wrists- unkicking the shaft- all with tragic consequences that then become a slowing down compensation in an attempt to align that created "faked" speed onto the strike.

 

When we know that we can and should be adding speed AT and more importantly THROUGH the ball, instead of from the top of the swing we set things up much better for the pivot to be used. 

 

Ideally we need to learn to start down slower..... but telling a golfer to start down slow will rarely ever work on it's own however, because if that golfer cannot make up for that "apparent feeling of lack of speed" into and beyond the strike they will lose distance and swing dynamics- so they end up going back to their old swing thinking slower down doesn't work!!! 

 

This is why my very first drill I teach golfers is the strike. We learn to quicken the proper dynamics up into the strike and then add to that later speed with drill 2 and drill 3. These three drills are the crux of the golf swing

 

With a later release via drill 1 work we start to take control of our swing's lowpoint immediately.

 

The clubface has the tendency to WANT to be square at impact IF IMPACT IS HAPPENING where our lowpoint is. If we can't control lowpoint (where the club strikes the ground) then the clubface can and will be pointing in manner of all different directions. This will happen even more and more when we aren't accelerating the club through the strike but actually trying to align it on the ball because we spent all our acceleration from the top of the swing.

 

The fact remains- The Left Arm and The Shaft WANT to Line Up- and if you are already lining those items up early by over accelerating in transition and on the downswing then the only choice you have left is you must begin to slow down and guide the hands or slide the body at the ball to maintain that left arm and shaft alignment. Causing an assorted list of issues as far as strike- lowpoint and the way the body and hands are going to try and control things from that point onwards.

 

 

So in essence by trying to force spped on the downswing then your impact is becoming a deceleration.

 

 

*This is why people flip the hands after impact in an effort to try and create speed again because their body has stalled.

 

*This is why people also may have the tendency for the clubhead to pass their hands even before impact and scoop at the ball or hit fat behind the ball (lowpoint) or hit thin on the ball

 

*This is why people will tend to stand up with their body (early extension) in an effort to stop the clubhead from hitting the ground behind the ball... stand up equals a body slow down and stall also

 

* This is why when these people mishit a shot (because of the above) the ball flies dead with minimal yardage and vibration clangs right up through the hands and arms

 

Their lowpoint is compromised because of trying to create speed on the way down instead of accelerating into and beyond impact. They line the left arm and shaft up early... they are ball bound and don't understand the true essence of the swing- which is- to GET TO THE FINISH with a feeling of acceleration

 

So lets get back to the pivot....why is it so important?

 

Because if we dont have to stall the pivot and can actually use the rotational aspect of the body through and beyond the strike- we add acceleration- we add compression to the strike- we hit later- we keep moving- we remain in balance- we aid our lowpoint- we get better results on mistruck hits.....In other words we become better more complete golfers who can and will hit not only better shots more often but also awaken the option of having the bad shots not be as bad... the true identity of a good golfer!!!

 

We gain better clubface control because we are ALLOWING that shaft and left arm to line up without being retarded in their motion. We are putting a square club right on the lowpoint of our swing. We are accelerating the club through the hit which makes for more power AND better results on bad strikes.

 

 

Its the exact reason why the great golfers above could maintain the wrist angle LATE for the strike.... They utilized the 4.30 entry path I discuss in my videos and drills. It is the exact reason why they could align that shaft and left arm up on the lowpoint of the swing- exactly where the clubface wants to be square.

 

Its why they all aligned the shaft more perpendicular to their spine to help instill body closure - PIVOT- so this body closure was available to utilize at this point in the swing.... the shaft across the spine gave the pivot the "green light" to start moving AND keep moving....and it's why they had forearm range available to keep the clubface looking open and keep the clubface and shaft behind them... so they could HIT and HIT HARD.... (remember Hogan's three right hand analogy!!!) and then be able to KEEP HITTING by using the pivot through and beyond TO THE FINISH... because it has somewhere to go. These golfers never spent their pivot early by over accelerating or pre releasing the wrists and throwing the club away from their body - therefore they never aligned the left arm and shaft early....

 

They all knew the importance of the pivot and knew the importance of getting to the finish of the swing with scant regard for the golf ball except for it being in the right place to be collected along the way....

 

To learn more about this and more importantly how to make it a part of your golf swing visit me at bradleyhughesgolf.com and sign up for my online drill series - information here ( Online Lessons )  or better still come see me in person. Lessons available in Melbourne Australia- Sydney Australia & Greenville South Carolina... available dates and times are posted on my website at the following link ( Private Lessons )

 

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