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So now we are going to look specifically at the movement of the hips in the golf swing and particularly the left hip, and particularly through the back swing and into the down swing position. So if I’m at a good address position here, my hips should be relatively level. During the back swing as I turn to the top my left knee will come inward slightly which actually lower my left hip down and bring my left hip forwards. In creating about 45 degree of hip turn against 90 degree of shoulder turn creates enough turn to generate some power but enough turn to also keep some tension, so as I turn back my hips will turn about 45 degrees dropping my left hip slightly below my right.

Now during my back swing my hips will turn -- sorry my downswing now my hips will do two things: they’ll move slightly laterally back towards the target which is a relatively level movement and then they will start to rotate. And as they start to rotate here, my left leg will come up and straighten and actually lock out for impact. If you are a good athletic golfer and you have no injuries you should be aiming for a straight left leg through impact I feel, if you have injuries and you are a bit more less dynamic if you like less sedate sorry more sedate through the ball, left dynamic, that left knee might still be a bit more flexed as you hit the ball. But if you are young enough, fit enough, and active enough that left hip can straighten through the impact phase, lifting the left hip quite high, the right knee, the right hip will just dip in a little bit.

So someone slightly swap places. Left knee will drop a little bit, left hip will drop a little bit, and then reverse that action down into the golf ball. So the feeling of the left hip coming up through impact is quite a good feeling. Now don’t mistake that with the head and the chest and the spine angle coming up. That would be a big problem if coming through the ball, the whole body comes up with the hip, you are probably going to hit the top of the golf ball or even miss the golf ball. But you’ll feel that as the left hip comes up the right hip goes down, the head stays down the right shoulder comes down so the left side goes up the right side goes down. That should encourage good hip turn, more power, but still keep a really good contact on the back of the ball.