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Swing Fault Lack Of Rotation

Swing Fault Lack Of Rotation. Most golf instructors agree that to achieve maximum power, you need to rotate your shoulders to a 90-degree angle and your hips to a 45-degree angle in relation to the golf ball at address position.

Swing Fault Lack Of Rotation

Most golfers never achieve a complete shoulder, torso, and hip turn, resulting in a reduced or shortened backswing (see figure 2.7 for an example of lack of shoulder rotation). Lack of rotation may lead to a variety of compensations, including lifting or bending the arms to complete the backswing, swaying, and overuse of the hands and wrists at impact.

The following eight physical limitations can cause a lack of rotation:

  1. Inability to separate the upper body from the lower body
  2. Weak gluteus medius muscles (buttocks)
  3. Limited hip rotation
  4. Weak abdominal muscles
  5. Tight upper back muscles
  6. Lack of shoulder rotation
  7. Lack of trunk rotation
  8. Lack of spine mobility
Swing Fault Lack Of Rotation

Figure 2.7

Lack of shoulder, torso, and hip rotation can be caused by weaknesses in the internal and external oblique muscles and lack of flexibility of the thoracic spine. The ability to separate your upper body from your lower body allows your shoulders to rotate around your spine without altering your original posture. If you can’t turn your upper body separately from your lower body, you will have limited trunk rotation. Lack of rotation or limited rotation can also be caused by the underuse of internal/external oblique and hip muscles. Because most of us lead a professional lifestyle, sitting behind a desk for hours at a time or sitting behind the wheel of a car in traffic, most people do not rotate their upper bodies during the day. These muscles tend to go to sleep or become inhibited.

Another reason for limited rotation can be a lack of flexibility and mobility of the upper back. If there is too much curve in the upper back and overall poor posture of the spine, where the neck, middle back, and lower back are not aligned, torso rotation will be limited.


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