Have you found yourself struggling getting into a powerful, tour like golf backswing position? Have you been told that you have a reverse pivot in your golf swing? Well, great news, I am going to show you a great way to load up your swing with more power in this video. Even if you do not have a reverse pivot, you still need to see a simple way to load up your trail glutes properly...
The reverse pivot can cause an immense amount of issues in the golf swing. In this article, I am going to show you...
- WHAT a reverse pivot is.
- WHAT the common causes are.
- WHAT the effects are.
- HOW to correct it.
What exactly is a reverse pivot?
Simply put, a revers pivot is when you have a good bulk of your weight on your lead side during the backswing and your spine leaning more towards the target at the top of the swing.
What are the causes of this pesky flaw?
Many contributing factors result in the reverse pivot. Let's take a look at 3 of the most common mistakes seen by Rotary Swing Instructors...
- No axis tilt at the address position - Most amateur golfers want to setup over the ball with their spine in a vertical position because it feels natural and comfortable to do so. Unfortunately, setting up this way will result in the spine leaning more towards the target at the top of the swing. When you shift your hips and begin to rotate, the tendency is to lose some of the axis tilt that you started out with. So, if you start with zero tilt and you lose some as you work to the top of the swing, you WILL end up more in a reverse pivot position. See the importance of axis tilt at setup video.
- Weight shift - Yep, that's right! Not shifting your weight to start the swing, can make it very easy to allow your weight to start to fall over to your lead side as you create momentum and inertia in the club going back. Check out weight shift part 2 - the right hip line for a great way to learn how to shift your weight in the backswing.
- Loss of flex in the trail knee - Aside from axis tilt, this is one of the more common backswing mistakes we see. This action can allow the hips to lose stability and over rotate. When the hips become unstable and over rotate, you can allow the spine to over rotate and allow the hands and arms to get much longer and more out of control. Want to see a simple drill to learn how to keep the knee flex in the backswing? Check out the right knee laser beam drill.
What sort of effects you will see...
The amount of nasty effects that the reverse pivot can create for your golf swing is mind boggling. Let's take a look at some of those now, so you can see the seriousness of this fault.
- You can possibly injure your lower back from the compression you will create when over rotating.
- Impossible for you to use weight shift in the swing to help create momentum and power.
- Your spine will work away from the target in the downswing which can shift where the bottom of the swing arc is. Ball striking fiasco!
- Premature throwing of the club from the top of the swing into the downswing. This will result in a loss of lag. Which mind you, is critical for speed.
- Scoopy or flippy impact position.
As you can clearly see, the reverse pivot can leave your golf swing starving for power and make it really hard to compress the golf ball just like you want to. On top of that, you are possibly putting your body at risk of injury, which is a BIG no no! If you really want to improve your golf swing, remember these three tips.
3 Simple Check Points to Correct The Reverse Pivot For Good
- MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE AXIS TILT AT THE ADDRESS POSITION - Sorry for yelling but seriously, please have axis tilt in your setup.
- Shift your weight (60-70%) into your trail side, to START the swing.
- Maintain the flex in your trail leg during the entire backswing.
So, there you have it. We have now covered what the reverse pivot is, the causes and effects and more importantly, we have laid out a simple list of checkpoints to help you overcome. Now, get to work and good luck on your game!