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Hula Hoop Pivot Training

Using a hula hoop is a great way to train your pivot/body-mechanics at home or on the range. By anchoring it to your sternum while in golf posture, you will have a good visual representation of the ideal swing plane. This will allow you to pick-up on any inefficiencies in the backswing or downswing, such as a sway or flat/steep shoulder turn. 

Tags: Early Extension, Standing Up, Sway, Follow Through, Backswing, Drill, Beginner

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The drill is Hulu Hoop Pivot Training.

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So what we're going to do is we're going to use a Hulu Hoop to work on our body pivot.

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So I'm going to roughly hold the Hulu Hoop out in front of me on about the angle of

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the whatever club I'm training.

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So a little bit flatter for the woods, a little bit more upright for the irons.

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And I'm going to hold it so that it's basically up against the just above my belly button

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or below my sternum right about there.

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And now this gives me a rough representation of the swing plane.

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So you can see from down the line that if I made a backswing and basically kept this at

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about the same angle to the ground, that would basically be my shoulders and my hips tilting

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more down at the ground.

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If you tend to have more of a loss of posture or a flat shoulder plane, then if you keep this

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in front of you like this, then the Hulu Hoop would get more horizontal just like that.

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The two main issues that you'll see on the backswing, actually we'll do the backswing.

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First, the two main backswing ones, what either getting too flat, you can see because

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my shoulders are now parallel to the ground and this is now horizontal or having a

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sway in this getting or kind of almost a reverse tilt leaning towards the target this

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But if I have my shoulders working down and in kind of that shoulder plane or the wind

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mill drill and the pressure shifting in the my trail foot, this will start to follow and

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natural pivot.

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That's about as far as my body would go, then the rest of the swing would be more my arms.

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Now on the way through, the two common ones would be more of an early extension pattern

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so again getting it more horizontal from this down the line.

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You kind of like this or I would tend to get more of a slide, hang back buckle kind of

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like this and it would be tilted way out to the right.

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Also in transition, I want to get this if I'm just following my body, I want to get this

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to shallow just slightly because my body is tilting this way as opposed to if I spun

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my upper body on top of my lower body, you can start to see it going that way.

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So those are some details but when you start to put it in practice, all you do is you lock

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it up against your sternum and then you make some swings, basically checking it at the top

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of the backswing, it's still pointed down roughly at the club and then right here it's

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roughly at the club.

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So roughly at the club, roughly at the club.

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If I work on that and I can start adding a little bit of speed to it, this will help

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me with the overall orientation of my body and then if I find that I can do that when

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I'm holding a whole hoop but I have a problem when the balls in the ground are on in front

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of me.

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Then that usually means that I'm struggling with some of my arm motions, maybe I'm struggling

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with low point, maybe I'm struggling with club face but at least my brain knows what I'm

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supposed to be doing as far as the pivot and as far as the sequencing.

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