A correct golf swing uses the body most efficiently in striking the ball. How are we going to get our bearings? When the word ‘back’ is used, it means the opposite of the direction the ball is going to go (forward). When ‘behind’ is used, it means the opposite of the direction the golfer is facing. Notice that Tour pros coil the right sides of their torsos around into our behind zone. Free up, indeed unclutter, your mind from common theory and terminology. Look with an open mind. Does Tiger ever look as if he’s “taken the club back” or as if he’s whirled it around and got it behind himself? Look how the right sides of Tom Watson’s and Peter Kostis’ torsos have rotated around such that their right shoulders and right hips are behind their necks. The forward lean of the right leg is maintained during this around-to-get-behind coil. If body parts were moving ‘back’, wouldn’t each pro have less forward lean?
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As you begin to coil, you should feel the right side of your torso move straight behind. Toward the end of this move, you’ll feel the 2-inch rotation of your right buttock around and forward. Each pro crosses his shoe at address and then moves behind his shoe at the top of the coil, the right hip/buttock apparently moves in the behind direction about 4 to 6 inches. Thus, during the coil, our pros are moving their right buttocks well behind and a bit forward, wholly consistent with a rotational motion. Visit swail.com to learn about the research into swing biomechanics that underlies the content of the SWAIL DVD and eBOOK.