Swing Mechanics Setup/Address Begins With Hips/Pelvis to Shape the Skeleton for a Golf Swing

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Physically Constructing your setup and Address two separate acts in forming your skeleton to develop body rotational swing force going into the grip. The beginning is to develop a focus on the shaping of the hips/pelvis setup. The hips/pelvis is the foundation abilities to shape the lower body and upper body for one’s club swing mechanics movement.

There are 4 physically parts to develop any golf swing mechanics. First is Hip/pelvic, Second is a lower-body which is feet/toes then knees linked to hips/Pelvic. The third is an upper-body which is Pelvic/spine to head setup, shoulder blades, and arms forming. Fourth is grip base on Finger ergonomics for the club.

The hips/pelvis is the foundation to build your skeleton frame that brings skeleton alignment during setup. Then the transition hips/pelvis movement into address creating a club skeletal shape swing mechanics.

In developing your skeleton shaping first begins with the hip/pelvis forming the skeleton. There are three basic hips/pelvis forms golfer do. I am going to introduce a NEW fourth hip/pelvic setup and address form that allows more selection rotational abilities to the hands.

In this approach, the goal of the hips/pelvis is to turn in your golf swing so the shoulders rotate the grip.

I explain hips/pelvis from 3 different points of view golfers are doing now in their swing mechanics. Each view of shaping the hips/pelvic influences one’s skeleton swing rotational force.

Then I will introduce you and talk about the 4 ways to shape your Hips/Pelvis and how it affects your skeletion rotational force.

Being a physical trainer I look at the shape of the body, which is the Skeleton, base on purpose. The Skeleton shape is foundational in order to realize end goals in the movement of the body.

This article focus on body skeleton construction for rotational force to the grip. There is a lot of other influences like muscle/Fascia (Myofascial) that allows a range of movement of the skeleton with each club

The first focus at setup is the hip/Pelvis shape that influences skeleton shaping abilities going into the address that setup abilities of a swing.

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The first type of hip/pelvis shape you see at address is the golfer bending from the lower back or waist making a C curve spine shape up to the head. The hips/pelvis from spine shape can have tail bone tilted in and under.

This C-type spine address does not allow hips/pelvis to turn on the backswing so club head movement does not go back that far. Forward turn base on feet is limited in hip/pelvis turning. The more C spine hip/pelvis is in the swing has less clubhead range movement and force This hip/pelvis for C spine affects the shoulders blades to separate from the spine which affects grip abilities and shoulders ability to come up during swing.

The second type Hip/Pelvis shape is very common with golfers even Pros is to have the hip/Pelvis shape that forms a lower back arch. This creates a spine shape like an S in the spine between the tail bone to the head. The greater the arch in the lower back the hips/Pelvis has the effect of locking the hips/pelvis in places so Turning the hips is a challenge. Unless the lower spine comes straight during the swing so the hips/pelvic can turn then. This lower back arch has many influences that affect abilities for skeletion rotational forces.

Golfers who do the lower back arch bend forward at hip flexors. As they bend their tail bone goes past the heels which put one’s bodyweight balance on the heels. You cannot shift or turn hips/pelvis while on heels. The movement of the body is off of the ball of the feet. You will never see runners start races on the heels. In my view, you should have a 60/40 body weight feel between ball and heel.

Women can create the best arch in the lower back base on Skeleton structure so their swings are more upper body swing unless they have NO arch. An arch in the lower back does produce a sensation you do not want. That is being physically stable for a golf swing on heels.

Since you can see so many golfers with an arch in the back and tail bone pass the heel their type of swing it produces an upper-body swing force with limited abilities for lower body force.

The third address hips/pelvis form has NO lower back arch and can create a straight spine to the head. There is no arch lower back arch hip/pelvic turing ability from the hip flexors is natural and it affects shoulder blades abilities for the rotational range to bring strength to the grip.

You can see the spine shape with Tigerwood and others where the spine is straight to the head no rounded shoulders or lower back arch. They bend at the Hip flexors going into an address which is tilting hips/pelvis forward at the hip flexors allowing a straight spine alignment up to head and shoulder blades are NOT rounded.

The three Hips/Pelvis addresses. First is the C type where bends at the waist. Then second you see a Slower back hip/pelvis shape. That shape has NO lower back arch base on the setup of the hips/pelvic where the spine can be straight.

Now it time to introduce a 4 hip/pelvic shape that I have thought up that increases possibilities of higher rotation body force.

This NEW hip/pelvic shape at setup and address you start by standing, be sure your feet are pointed straight ahead, then feel your hips/pelvic to the side where the spine is tilted. The spine side angle is from the hip/pelvis and heel balance 60/40 sensation. To have NO lower back arch the hips/pelvis has to be tilted forward a little to NOT have a lower back arch. Take time to realize the NEW sensation before going down to the lower body setup. Then to upper body spine and head setup. Now it time to create side tilted of hips/pelvic and spine into address.

What you will see from behind at a golfer setup is hip/pelvic is tilted and the spine is angled to the side from behind. This is a NEW sensation to increase turning the hip/pelvic. At address, you see from behind the hips/pelvic angled with the spince all being in alignment for shoulder rotational abilities.

New sensation for golfers is turning the hips/pelvic with the angle at the hip flexors where force sensation is at the hip joint/hip flexor area in the turning of hips. Warning the right foot dynamics is important more then before.

This is NEW hip/pelvic address setup requires a golfer to do it very slowly given it alters the swing sensation of the skeleton rotational actions. The swing is one unit where hips do NOT need to adjust during the downswing. Making the hip/pelvic side tilt angle with shoulder title at address affect sensations and enhances rotational abilities to bring grip to the ball.

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To add to setup and address that affects shoulder blade where they do not come up during the swing is the head placement at setup going into address and being in address..

If you test this to find head placement for the swing so shoulders coming up is very limited if at all. If the head is forward of the shoulder you can move up freely during the swing. Test this if you pull the head/chin back NOT up and then see if your shoulders can move up. You will find limited shoulder up movement during swing for this is skeleton shaping.

To keep this head placement going into address as you bend forward at the hip flexors the chest is pulling your head forward. Most golfers have the head go forward and the chest comes afterward which allows shoulders to come up with NO resistances. The goal is the head does not direct the movement going into address. It is a little thing but has a big effect on your swing.

To create this side alignment of hips/pelvis and spine you tilt to the side by the IT band or leg and hip joint. It right at the hip/leg joint where the Hips/pelvis tilts so the spine is angled from the tail bone up to the head. Then bend at the hip/pelvis flexor going into an address that allows hips/pelvis angle and shoulders both hand tilt at address. Please keep in mind these are new sensations and takes time to incorporate the benefits and practice and most of ALL test it and see a range of abilities.

If want sees an example of hip/pelvis side tilt in a swing. Go to Ben Hogan Five lessons with his two drawings of his swing almost striking the ball. Look at the hip/Pelvis angle tilt as his club is coming into the ball. This hip/pelvis side tilt allows the left shoulder to be up and the right shoulder to bring club faces into the ball if you want to drive the ball high and out.

I have a saying flat shoulders produce flat ball drives. You hit the ball with your left shoulder titled up the club faces come through going up. The mistaken idea is the driver club swing is a circle that is not accurate. As the clubface strikes that ball the angle of movement changes to produce increase exhilaration base on the left shoulder angle being hp. This tilt of shoulders up allows the right elbow placement which affects clubface timing to strike the ball with greater force.

There is Grip finger ergonomic is complex like Ben Hogan shows but there is so much more unspoken in his book.


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Developing skeleton begins hips/pelvis setup to shape then rest of skeleton base on golfers abilities. We all adjust to skeleton then muscle/Fascial abilities into our club swing mechanics.

I like to introduce what moves the skeletion range and force is Myofascial. Myo is a muscle that is strong. Fascial is connecting tissue that connects links the whole-body range of movement. Fascial determines the range of movement and affects the influence of movement base on the emotional attitude your head generator produces that directed energy.

There is a lot more here but not having lower back pain or creating it while playing golf is what I am hoping to clue you into possibilities with Myofascial and skeleton movement.

Look at two other articles I have written that influence of the swing. The big one is shoulder stress and how to alter that to increased range abilities through core breath as FIX during setup at the address and during the swing. Changing stress in shoulders is a must for the best swings.

Source by Scott Bartley

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