How to Develop More Rotation in Your Golf Swing

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by mphabu

One of the biggest keys to a good golf swing is proper rotation. Want more power and distance? Rotation is the answer. Not only will it give you more consistency and power, it will help keep you from straining other parts of your body involved in the swing, keeping you healthier.

The body rotates around a spine angle that should remain stable and fixed, causing your club to remain on the proper swing path. It is a key part to any good swing, but not all golfers are able to do this.

This is one of the key components that separates the high handicapper from a low handicapper: the ability to rotate the body while keeping the club on a consistent swing plane.

Of course, ┬ásome of the pros like Jim Furyk make some interesting movements in the swing, but if you really study their swings, you’ll notice they keep the club in a certain plane on the backswing and on the downswing. All tour level players can consistently rotate around a fixed or stable spine angle, make a linear weight transfer, and successfully hit the golf ball.

This is the goal of the golf swing: keep the golf club in a slot, essentially dissecting the shoulder on the back swing and follow through.

How many of us do that?

Fewer than we would probably like to admit. So how do we rotate the body and keep the club in this slot? The answer is probably not the one we would like to hear. It requires developing a “feel” for the golf swing and knowing what the body is doing at every step of the golf swing.

Essentially, you must develop a feel for both the club and your body. Some of us are better at it than others. At this point, it is ingrained into the body and you will know when the swing is off and what to correct. Keep in mind, we are not going to make a perfect swing every time, but that is our goal.

How do we go about keeping the swing on the correct plane and developing “feel?”

I know of two possibilities. One of the answers is probably quite obvious.

The first answer to this question has to do with your golf swing mechanics. Yes, probably not a surprise to many of you.

The golf swing is an intricate, biomechanical movement requiring you to perform a large number of movements with the correct timing and no room for error.

Understanding the correct biomechanical sequence of the golf swing and the ability to execute it take great instruction, a good amount of practice, patience and time.

The body can learn either the correct or incorrect way to swing a golf club. As a result, it is imperative to receive quality instruction on the proper way to swing a club.

Secondly, the mind and body learn new movements through repetition. The only way to learn the correct golf swing is through consistent practice. Practice ingrains into your brain, nerves, and muscles how to properly execute the movements of the golf swing, the correct sequence of the golf swing, and the correct timing of the golf swing.

Finally, to learn the golf swing correctly it takes time. It is not an overnight process but requires consistent time spent practicing and playing. Don’t let anyone fool you that there is a quick-fix patch that will drop your handicap 25 strokes while you’re sleeping.

Over a certain time period the body will learn the swing. It’s different for each of us. Once the body learns the swing, the “feel” begins to develop. Once you get that feel, you will begin know exactly where your clubhead is at all times during the golf swing.

We can all realize that the golf swing is a rotational movement and requires learning the proper mechanics and physical spects of the golf swing. Conversely, the second part of the answer of developing the proper ‘feel’ may be less understood.

What if your body is not able to rotate around a fixed and defined spine angle? If you can’t rotate, it will be very difficult to keep your club on plane and in the proper slot.

This is one of the most common problems with amateurs. They are desperate to create a consistent and powerful swing, but are unable to do so because they lack the rotation needed to create power.

If you lack flexibility in the hip area, how are you going to rotate in a manner that places the club in the correct slot during the downswing? It probably isn’t going to happen!

If your balance is off, how are you going to develop “feel” in the golf swing? You may never reach that point.

Your body is performing the mechanics of the golf swing. In order to do this properly, your body must have certain levels of flexibility, balance, strength, endurance, and power.

The only way to really develop a good swing and “feel” within your swing requires a body that can handle the rotation to support your swing.

The swing is a very complex movement requiring a balanced synergy between your body and the physics of the swing. If you attempt to develop a swing without the proper body rotation to support it, you are on your way to a very frustrating experience and making strides in improving your game could prove to be very difficult.

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned golfer, its never too early or late to begin to ingrain the mechanics of proper rotation in your swing, realizing that a combination of both your body and arms is what gives you consistency and power.

Here is a great video from the legend Johnny Miller that goes over many of these points!

Johnny Miller Golf Swing Fundamentals.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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2 Responses to “How to Develop More Rotation in Your Golf Swing”

  1. I like Johnny Miller because he doesn’t care what you like or think and he
    is good…make that great!´╗┐

  2. I like a great deal of this, but I’ll take exception with a few things.
    Everything he says is not fundamental. Fundamental means all good golfers
    do it i.e. turn the shoulders or shift their weight efficiently. The part I
    don’t love is the crossing over of the forearms in the follow through. This
    can work if you have a neutral to weak grip, but if you have a strong grip
    this will only cause a snap hook. Take a look at zach johnson’s follow
    through and you’ll see what I’m talking about.