The Reverse Pivot and Lower Body
Remember the first advice you ever received from your golf buddy on your first round of golf? More than likely it was "keep your head still". Really, what should have been said was "don't raise up through impact,” because keeping your head still while the rest of the body moves back in the swing causes a reverse pivot.
The Video Series That Capitalized on Poor Technique
Actually it even inspired a video series called the "stack and tilt" which just showed people how to hit the incorrect way, correctly – it may help with ball striking, but that's it, and you will still struggle. You see, most people reverse pivot, so a few golf pros changed the name from reverse pivot to the “stack and tilt,” and now they can sell videos on the golf channel making you believe they found the key to your swing. Nope! But hey, they are richer than me, so give them some credit.
The reverse pivot is the incorrect position the body gets into as the head remains over the front knee as you reach the top of your swing. This is bad…really bad. Why? I'll tell you, in the next paragraph.
Why is the Reverse Pivot bad?
- The head is in front of the ball, yet you should try to hit the back of the ball at impact, so you may want to see it.
- There is no leverage. Leverage provides power to the downswing and ultimately adds distance to the ball.
- It limits your shoulder turn. In fact, as you approach 90 degrees (as you should), more weight is thrown improperly over your left knee. Most stop around 75 degrees, which hinders power and distance.
- There is inconsistent ball contact as your body contorts to different positions.
- If your spine is tilted towards the target, your shoulders will rotate high to start the downswing, throwing the club "over the top" and steep into impact. This is a slice swing.
- Your finish will be off-balance, as most people will finish by falling back.
The Correct Way
- Stable lower body. The knees are locked inside the feet. The belt buckle can turn up to 45 degrees, but remains locked inside the knees.
- The head is over the right side. This allows you to see the back of the ball, allows a full shoulder turn (90 degrees), and creates a wide arc (arm leverage, power and increased club speed).
- The spine is tilted away from the target, allowing the shoulders to rotate lower, bringing the club into impact more shallow and on plane.
- Weight is now over the back side allowing leverage to build over the right quad. Much like winding up to throw a ball, weight is transferred from back to front.
- Tiger does it. So does Rory, Phill and Jordan, as well as most PGA pros. So, yeah, it's correct.