Golf swing tip: For almost all amateurs, the root cause of bad shots is a failure to initiate the downswing with the hips, leaving the right hip in the right elbow’s pathway. Most amateurs’ swings are upside down. That is, they try to force the club toward the ball by using all their muscles at once, especially chest and arm muscles. Tour pros lead with their lower body, their hips--not their chest and arms, opening up a pathway for their right elbows. How they do this is not as simple as it looks. Check out the SWAIL dvd to learn how you can build this hips-first move into your swing.
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Researchers divided the motion of hitting a golf ball into five sequential components: They don’t acknowledge an overlap, but that’s ok for our purposes right now. Percent of maximum effort in the 0 to 15% range was labeled ‘minimal activity’, 15 to 30% was ‘low level’, 30 to 60% ‘moderate’, greater than 60% ‘marked’ activity. In the table in our book, the muscles are listed in ascending order, i.e. the first listed are thigh and hip muscles, then come the abdominals, then shoulder blade muscles, and finally arm adductors (pull raised arms down to the sides of the torso) and rotators. Red numbers are the peak effort reached by each muscle. Notice that, as you work your way up the body, the peak effort tends to occur later and later during the motion of hitting a golf ball. The thighs and hips initiate the flail.
In our book, “Muscular Appendage”, starting on page 115, describes most of these muscles and their functions during the hitting of a golf ball. It’s well worth your time. For example, did you ever realize that the hardest working muscle as you hit a golf ball should be your right buttock?