Top 3 Tips on Clear the Hips
A very frustrating aspect of the game, and every golfer has battled with clearing the hips at some point in their career. You can feel it when it happens, and once the incorrect hip turn begins you are in trouble for the rest of the swing. During this section, I will cover some of the causes of an incorrect hip turn, and how to correct them. I know there are tons of sites and articles out there that claim that one they have a cure all to everything, but I will cover what actually works for me and has made me successful throughout my career. Each move can be performed by golfers at any level, and will provide a quick fix to any issue.
The biggest problem that incorrect hip turn can cause, is the flaw it brings to the rest of the swing. For example, if your hips are getting behind your upper body (not turning fast enough), then you have to try and save the swing with your arms and hands… and the results are all over the place. You will see a shot that varies from a hook to a block, and comes with very poor contact. This motion also feels very odd, and I can almost bet you that you have felt this in your swing before. To be honest, it feels absolutely awful, but it is time to fix it and I do have a few remedies that have helped me for so many years.
The first thing I want you to do is grab a bag of balls and keep all of your focus on your lower body. Hit some shots, and focus on keeping your hips, ensuring that you are actually clearing them throughout the golf shot. If you have to swing at half speed to ensure you can focus on your hips, then that is fine - take your time and work your way up to full power if you need to. Don’t rush this portion because we can’t move to the next fix until you are comfortable with your hip turn. If you are still having issues with your hip turn, then it is time to focus on your front knee. The ideal way to move your front knee throughout the swing is as follows: You want your front knee to move just as your swing moves. When you take the club back, your knee should be pointing behind the ball, and when you reach follow through your knee should be pointing towards the intended target line. This movement will take some time to get used to, so don’t expect this to be the fastest fix in the world. It takes quite some time to get this motion down, because it is such an odd thing to focus on, if you are not doing it correctly you can cause more harm than good. Grab a bag of balls and take to the range. While hitting your full shots, keep your focus on the front knee and its movement throughout the swing. You don’t want to over compensate and have your knee moving everywhere, because this will cause your hips to follow. Simply focus on moving the knee as you move your upper body. Wherever your waist is pointing, your front knee should be pointing in the same direction.
If you are having issues with your hip turn, most of it does come down to simply focusing on the correct movements in your swing. If you are looking to gain power, and become a more consistent ball-striker throughout your entire bag, then you really need to focus on these drills. Improper hip turn will cause you to lose distance and lack control of your golf shot. If you are not clearing your hips through impact, then you are going to have flawed results. Really invest the time in learning the two drills I have provided, and don’t move to the second drill until you have committed enough time to really be comfortable with drill number one. If you can apply the tips I have provided, you will see an improvement in your swing. I do advise that you go into these drills with the mindset that this will not be an immediate fix. This correction does take some time and practice, but the results are going to be exactly what you expect. I will leave you with a challenge: Allow yourself two full weeks for this correction, with one week allotted for each drill. At the end of the two weeks, you can take to the course. During your first round back, I want you to take note of how far you are hitting the golf ball as well as where your misses are going. If you have applied the two drills correctly, you will see added distance and misses that are landing much closer to your intended target area.