You see it on every range and course you play – someone with a swing where their front heel lifts off the ground at the top of the backswing.  And while for some players, this is a necessary swing adjustment in order to produce a solid turn, for most, its actually hindering the creation of tension and coil between the upper and lower body.   This same resistance is what helps generate and create power in the downswing.  In the video below we look a little closer into this swing fault, but with a focus on the weak lower body, characterized by your knees being very close together at the top of your backswing. We call it over-rotation, and it often leads to over-swinging at the top. Both faults tend to produce similar swing results – a lack of power, distance and consistency at impact.

This drill is designed to help you feel the proper tension/resistance at the top of your backswing.  By simply turning your lead foot towards the target, you make it all but impossible to have a weak lower body, or over-turn at the top.  Your torso muscles will resist the movement.  For those of you who lift your front foot at the top – try this drill for awhile, and then swing normally focusing on keeping your front heel on the ground — take notice of the similarities in feel. For those of you who tend to rotate your lower body too much, focus on keeping your knees equidistant to each other throughout the swing, and facing perpendicular to your target line until impact.

With a little practice you should see a big difference in the amount of power you can create, and distance the ball will travel. See the video below.

Photo credit: http://golf108.blogspot.com/2011/06/exercise-for-golf-golf-felxibility.html

About The Golf Drill Guru

With 8 years of blogging coupled with another 8 years golf industry teaching experience, The Golf Drill Guru is our resident swing doctor. When he's not drinking Corona's on a beach somewhere, you'll likely find him on the golf course — he also blogs occasionally.

3 Thoughts on “Golf Body Rotation 101: Creating Tension

  1. Casey Portschy on November 8, 2012 at 11:08 am said:

    As I was viewing the Minsuno website, I accidently came across your video showing several golf drills (instructor in red shirt) to to improve the golf swing. In addition, video golf exercises also popped up. This was one of the best if not the best series of videos explaining swing flaws and how to correct them. Is there a video out to purchase so I could view whenever my time permits. I am interested in both the golf-drills-distance and golf flexibility exercise tips. Thank-You. Casey

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