How to Learn and Master the Hip Slide and Turn!
Last time I mentioned how you must start your downswing with your lower body in order to hit the golf ball from the inside out.
Well, one of the ways to mastering your downswing with a lower body start is to master the “hip slide” and turn.
First, watch this video as Ben Hogan himself shows you how to do this:
Let me re-cap what Hogan is trying to teach you here.
Try doing this as an exercise for mastering the hip slide and turn.
First, get to the top of the backswing like Hogan is doing here:
Then from there, initiate your downswing by turning and sliding your hips towards the target and the rest of your body such as shoulders and arms, should simply follow the action of your lower body. Really “feel” the pulling of the upper body by the lower body when you do this. And also try to do it in a “smooth” and fluid motion, jerkiness won’t help at all.
Another thought, try to really imagine your club coming from the inside-out angle, this will help you to promote an inside-out swing, something we want in an ideal golf swing.
Now, after you get to the point where your clubhead reaches about the hip level, you can start releasing your upper body and the club somewhat towards the right of your target.
After you try this in slow motion couple times, go ahead and try hitting a golf ball in full speed. Now, this is the most important part of mastering the hip turn and the slide, learn how to “time” your upper body release just like when you throw a baseball pitch. With proper timing of your release after the hip turn and slide, you will be able to hit the ball accurately towards your target.
Another good exercise is to try different timings such as try releasing your upper body a bit early for right-to-left shots (draws) and a bit late for left-to-right shots (fade).
FYI, Ben Hogan used to release a bit late so he can hit slight fades as his nemesis was hitting bad hooks earlier in his career.
You can also vary how “far” your slide your hips forward to control the flight. A word of caution when you do this, you need to still keep your body in balance and the easiest way to do this is to keep your upper body “up” while” you swing.