Stop Spinning Out with the Hips – Golf Tip

Spinning OutIn a recent lesson I discovered that my early season driver issues were due to my hips spinning out at impact.  My hips tend to be open at least 10 degrees greater than the average tour player.  Therefore, my hands can’t keep up with the lower body, causing my arms to get stuck behind with an inability to close the clubface at impact.  In the presence of an inside to outside swing path, spinning out causes me to hit big push fades.

Spinning Out with the Hips

Are you spinning out of your shots too? My research indicates that most high handicappers spin out of shots with their shoulders and lower handicappers tend to spin out of shots with their hips, the former being a much more powerful and controllable issue when one’s timing is on.  However, problems arise when the hips actually start spinning out way too far at impact…past the hip turn of the average PGA player.  This problem can lead to a number of things including:

  • Blocks and big push fades (my issue).
  • Snap hooks or dead straight pulls.  

Stop Spinning Out

You and I have always been told to clear and rotate the hips for more power, but because it tends to only happen with better golfers, we are never told that our hips can over rotate on the downswing.  But they sure can and if you are trying to get to a low single digit handicap, or better, it needs to be addressed to ensure consistent control.

 

Here are a few drills that helped me to limit spinning out with my hips:

 

  1. Staggered Stance Drill: This drill will help limit your hip rotation at impact while ensuring you have most of your weight on your forward leg.
    • Take your normal stance
    • Then drop your back foot well behind you on your toes (you will have to take a narrower stance also)
    • Hit ball as firm as possible without falling over
  2. Narrow Stance Drill: This drill will also limit your hip rotation at impact and ensure weight is transferred to forward leg.
    • Stand with feet max 6 inches apart
    • Hit ball as firm as possible without falling over
  3. Step In Drill: This drill will ensure proper weight transfer which will limit spinning out tendencies.
    • Take normal set-up with normal ball position
    • Step front foot backwards to a narrow stance
    • Start your backswing
    • About halfway through your backswing step forward as your backswing completes
    • Hit ball
    • From starting your backswing to hitting the ball it is one smooth motion
  4. Belt Buckle Drill: Basically, don’t rotate your hips in the downswing
    • Take your normal stance
    • Hit the ball as firm as possible without rotating your belt buckle past the ball position
    • Make sure you still move your hips laterally, just try not to move your belt buckle past perpendicular to your target line.

 

Worried about losing distance by limiting your hip rotation..well don’t be, if you are an over-rotator, slightly reducing hip rotation in the downswing will likely improve your distance and accuracy.  As an example, even with a staggered stance, I was still hitting the ball 290-300 yards, Can’t wait to see what that will look like in a full swing with proper hip movement.  

I would love to hear about what drills work best for all of you.  Comment below.

 

 

Sincerely,

The Barefoot Golfer 

2 Comments

  1. Jamie

    Great article and I appreciate these tips. I’ve battled for years with my hips spinning out and I have to constantly remind myself to stay behind the ball at impact. I think it comes down to the subconscious fear of the dreaded hook for me. If things are going well then I don’t concern myself with my hips, but when things go south… this is usually one of my issues. Best of luck for the season.

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