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How Much Lower Body Bump In Transition?

Golfers are always trying to search for the "perfect" amount of everything. The perfect backswing, the perfect hip turn, the perfect alignment. In reality, perfection does not exist and it's better to search for repeatable. What you can learn is how to monitor if you have too much or too little, and then you can aim to stay in the zone. But the zone of acceptable movements is not one number.

The tour average lateral pelvis movement toward the target at impact is about 4-6 inches. Many amateurs, especially those who struggle with the longer clubs, fall into the range of 0-2 inches. Learn how to monitor too much and too little in this vidoe.

Playlists: Keys To Transition

Tags: Transition, Concept, Intermediate

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Speedo is how much lower body shift? So frequently I get asked you know how much lower body movement

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Am I doing it too much? Am I not doing it enough? So I'm going to give you some kind of guidelines so that you can figure out what's best for you

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Because what you'll see is that I tend to be very good at using my lower body and so I will exaggerate some of these movements

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The the tour average for lower body shift during the golf swing is going to be about 46 inches

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And that seems to be pretty consistent whether you're hitting a seven iron or you're hitting a driver

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Now the upper body shifts the different amount depending on those different clubs

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But the lower body is going to shift again this 46 inches so the average pelvis is somewhere around a foot

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So you can think of this as a

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Third or a half of a pelvis so if I was to put

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Two alignment sticks on the ground

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Let's put one

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Kind of even with the ball and we'll put one that's

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About four inches in front or so

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I'm gonna get set up and then when I do the Jackson five you can see that I'm shifting slightly past that because this is a

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A drill to kind of feel some of this exaggeration

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But in the golf swing you can see that my belt buckle or the center block of my pelvis is going to shift

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A little bit more than that because I tend to be closer to that six inch range than the the four inch range

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Well, there's some feelings that you can use to help you figure out if you've shifted too much or too little

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The hip actually has kind of a shape to it something like this

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So here's my pelvis and then here's the hip bone

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So the part that we see and that we feel way out here is actually the outside of the hip

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The actual rotation of the hip is gonna happen kind of right in here right underneath this belt buckle somewhere right around this area

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Well, if I get this the center of my hip

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Passed the inside of my ankle now

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I'm gonna have a difficult time

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Bracing and pushing with this lead leg if I go too far

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You'll see that I'll lose my balance on a line-up falling

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So if I'm looking at video and I'm trying to see even with rotation

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I'm trying to make sure that the inside or where the actual hip is rotating is not going past the inside part of the ankle

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If it if it stays behind the inside part of the ankle then I'm pushing against the ground kind of in that fashion

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And that's gonna help me rotate later in the down swing

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So during this transition move of the Jackson five

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I'm basically shifting laterally to about that point and then I'm applying the brakes and kind of pressing in order to or pushing through that ground in

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In order to help stimulate that rotation

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There's some that's kind of the the best feeling I can give you

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If you're if you have a wedge shot and you're you've got a smaller stance

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You'll see that when I then go to push it'll be a little bit more vertical and I'm not gonna shift quite as much

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But if I have a

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driver or a seven iron

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I'm gonna still kind of have this step or this weight shift

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Before it rotates

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My upper body will feel a little bit more on top for the iron compared to the driver because it actually will be and

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That's one of the ways that you can kind of use some feedback as far as am I doing this too much or too little

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So how would I know if I'm not doing enough of this?

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If I'm not doing enough of this lateral movement and not having enough of this

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Access tilt I'm gonna struggle with having my path a little bit steep and a little bit left because this is one of the big shallow moves

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The other option is I'm not gonna struggle with those

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But I'm gonna be standing up so I either need to have this access tilt to shallow the club or I'm gonna stand up to shallow the club

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Those are really your two major body shallow options

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So you're gonna choose one of them

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So if you're standing up, there's a good chance you don't have enough of this lateral movement or if you're struggling with

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Driver and long irons because you have a steep angle of attack

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You're hitting more on the toe and you're just having a hard time getting the path far enough out to the right

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There's a good chance you're not having enough of this lateral movement or using your lower body properly

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How do you know if you're having too much?

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What's kind of the opposite if you're struggling with wedges if you are hitting two big of hooks and you're having

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the bottomless wing shift too far behind the golf ball so you're kind of picking the ball and

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You're doing a great job with the driver so you're having a lot of success with a driver

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Those could be symptoms that you're doing too much of this lateral movement

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So I never want you to try to emulate

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exactly how my swing works

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My goal is to communicate the movement and the way that those moves work together so that you can ultimately

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Kind of put it together and figure out how much works best for you

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So I'll demonstrate one and just kind of give you a visual as far as how much lateral shift

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I have and if you see me exaggerating it in the drills

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Know that that's part of my DNA and my makeup is to be more towards the higher end

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If you shifted two inches less than me you'd still be in the toward normal if you shoot shifted

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Three inches left than less than me

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You'd still be in the very very playable zone

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So you don't have to have as much lateral shift as I demonstrate

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But understand how it's going to affect the other pieces that you may be working on

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