Most golfers, who sway, also lock their back knee during the back swing. The locked knee forces the body to lean back towards the target, producing a reverse pivot.
The problem is compounded if you don't address the root of the problem. If you try to address the reverse pivot without correcting the knee or the sway, the problem will, and often does return - leaving you frustrated.
In addition, the sway also puts the back hip in a position that does not allow a full body turn during the back swing, which forces a golfer to swing the club using his/her arms and will in most cases result in a over the top golf swing that is not powerful and is hard to time.
The golf swing is a chain reaction and demands balance, coordination and timing. How you start the swing will determine the end result. In order to achieve smooth, powerful and repeatable swing, your first move away from the ball - or to put it simply, the first link in the chain is absolutely critical.
How to Pivot Correctly with PivotPro?
Proper Golf Setup and Posture:
First, standup straight and spread your feet shoulder-width apart, start to bend from the waist, and at the same time feel that you stick your backside. Sense that you are getting ready to catch a ball or you are easing yourself to sit down on a high chair.
Relax Before Each Golf Shot:
Easier said than done. However, here is a trick I learned from a pro. Try relaxing your neck muscles by relaxing your lower jaw and slightly sticking your tongue out - try it - feel the tension going away in your arms. Keep the same relaxed feeling throughout your swing.
Another good way to relax is to start from your finger and hands up. Imagine you are holding a child's hand. This will result in relaxed shoulders, chest and back muscles.
Keep Your Head Up:
Keep your head up away from your chest, this can be accomplished by seeing the ball down your nose. If you suffer from reverse pivot, make sure you keep your chin up; this will give you more room to turn your left shoulder behind the ball facing the target.
I suggest that you rehearse your next moves in front of the mirror so that you can compare how you feel when you are getting in a correct position or pivoting correctly.
Proper Takeaway for Efficient Golf Swing:
Start with your arms, sweep the club head away from the ball wide and slow feel that your right shoulder is pulling away from your chin, and your left hip and left knee is slightly moving inwards towards the ball - this leads to the next very important turning move. Practice this move until you are used to correct feeling and proper positions - this is what is referred to as a one-piece takeaway.
Try to keep everything together, avoid independent hand, hip or body motion. When practiced properly this will give you added width in your golf swing.
Tip: Keep the club head moving straight back for the first 18 inches or so - this will ensure that your club gets on a correct path.
If done correctly you will notice that your left forearm will rotate naturally (Provided your grip is correct).
Make sure that you are completely relaxed at this point, continue to swing, let your wrist hinge naturally until your left arm is horizontal to the ground and your club is at a 90 degree pointing skywards. At this point your wrist is fully hinged and your left arm is fully extended. (Practice this move in front of the mirror, until you feel comfortable).
Getting in the Slot :
At this stage one thing to look for and practice repeatedly is to make sure that the butt-end of the club shaft is pointing towards the ground approximately mid-way between your feet and the ball – this is absolutely critical in order to get your club going on a correct plane.
How to Pivot for Power:
At this stage of the swing, make sure that you are turning against your right leg (just a reminder keep your right knee flexed). The feeling you want to have is that your upper torso and majority of your body weight is flowing towards the right side without swaying your hips. Imagine if you were wearing a necktie - at the top of your swing the tie will hang over or slightly inside your right foot. Now, you are properly and fully loaded. As you practice this move, you should feel the tension inside your right leg. Make sure that you retain the flex in your right knee - if your leg straighten, your back swing will lose all the control and power.
All The Way to The Top:
Now, all you have to do is crank your shoulders until your back is facing the target, this will put the club the perfect position at the top, with the shaft parallel to the target line.
Remember, keep the right knee flexed, this stops the right side from swaying or spinning out of control. This move when performed correctly, will result in maximum resistance, which translates into more power.
Practice this move in your home, office with PivotPro, with the rod inserted into the device. Rehearse the last two stages of the swing as often as possible. Get yourself into the half-way back position, with your wrist hinged and club facing skywards at a 90 degrees angle, and simply completing your back swing by turning your shoulders to the finished back swing.