How to Get Your Hips Open at Impact

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Struggle to get your hips open at impact? This video shows you how to get your hips rotated wide open stress free while being easy on your back.

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Joshua
I've only tried this swinging a club, not hitting any golf balls. I find it hard to start with axis tilt at address when doing this move.
January 25, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Im not sure i fully understand can you give me a little more info?
January 25, 2024
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Joshua
Of course. If I have initial axis tilt, I feel my left hip stays higher than my right and I feel I'm sliding my hips over rather than falling to my left side. I'm only swinging a club in front of a mirror trying to get a feel for this. Do you think it could be too much tilt?
January 26, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Your hip really shouldn’t set much if any higher than the right. Sounds like you’re overdoing this at setup
January 27, 2024
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Joshua
Thanks Chuck. I just want to say I'm really loving the goat theory and your continued research to bring us more information. Thank you
January 27, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks brother! I hope you love what im working on next because it’s the culmination of years of hard work!
January 27, 2024
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Joshua
Anthony is going to have a job on his hands with my next lesson hahaha
January 26, 2024
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Ron
Chuck, the idea of “unweighting “ the trail leg has really connected with me. Now when I fall target ward, I automatically get to a squat to square position with very little lateral slide and right into neutral joint alignment. From there it’s just posting up to help open up the hips. I must have been really pushing hard with trail leg before and I never could come up with a thought/ feel to stop that. The term unweighting is now seared into my brain!
January 24, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Awesome! Ya pushing hard off the trail leg makes it really easy to leave the face open and hit a lot of thin shots.
January 25, 2024
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Steve
Hey Chuck, so I’ve been playing with these feels and ultimately realize without the missing piece (movement of the arms) it’s hard to really incorporate this into a full swing. So, very much looking forward to that addition. I also had a great idea after watching the videos a few times and hearing you mention the force plate several times… A picture is worth a thousand words… So would it be possible to have you post a video, walking us through the steps from takeaway, through transition and release while simultaneously showing your force plate data as you move? Kinda like the Rose video… I feel it would answer so many questions regarding weight transfer (toes, to heels etc…) and give a great visual along with your explanations! Just a thought! Keep up the great work! Thanks, Steve B
January 23, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Yep working on the next video now
January 25, 2024
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Michael
This GOAT series is extremely interesting and much better than many guides we've heard over the last 20 years! But what do you think of Mike Austin's swing (and his explanation of hip movement)? I think he's closer to your explanation than many golf instructors after him – even though he's from the last century?
January 22, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Mike was a very sharp guy and believed the swing was a throw from the top. The main area where i might differ is with that big hip turn. It certainly works but I feel is a much more difficult move to master for the avg golfer. A lot more moving parts and I like to err on the side of boring with the fewest moving parts. Im a “build it and forget it” kind of guy when it comes to the swing and to enjoy that you need a natural feeling swing with as few moving parts as possible
January 22, 2024
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Michael
Ok, sounds logical! I'm already looking forward to the next parts of the GOAT series!
January 22, 2024
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RJ
Another gem, Chuck! This series has been incredibly eye opening. Will your next video on the arms cover anything about crossing the line/flying elbow? This is something I’ve always struggled with and have never been able to correct it. Is there a “feel” that could fix the problem quicker than mechanical practice? Of course jack and Bobby jones both crossed the line so is it not as important as I’m making it out to be? I just would like a simpler backswing like yours and tigers. Great work as always!
January 21, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks RJ! The next video on the arms is going to cover a lot of ground, including this topic indirectly. It's going to be a much bigger eye opener than all the other videos combined.
January 21, 2024
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Jeff
I have just started Phase 3 and want to know, since I am not in a full swing as of yet, how much of this (GOAT 1&2) can I incorporate into a Phase 3 swing?
January 19, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Jeff, feel free to experiment with these feels as they are all part of proper swing that you will want to incorporate into your game as early as possible.
January 19, 2024
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Jeff
I have started to rep (350reps) this in my Phase 3. It's a slow go, but I'm getting it. I've noticed (feel and watching in my monitors) that when the pressure is off the trail foot that my knees/hips are square without having to squat to square, if that makes sense. Just another way to get there, but without effort and quicker. The part, which I find a bit difficult to do is to continue the backswing while getting pressure to the lead foot/leg. Once the pressure gets to the lead heel the internal rotation of lead hip/leg is indeed quicker with all the pressure off the trail side. Looking forward to a session at the range after I get some more reps in.
January 22, 2024
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Robert
Great video. One thought though - pro golfers are strong and fit, most amateurs are anything but! These swing techniques need core strength and flexibility to get the separation between upper and lower body. From what I see few amateurs can get into the perfect impact position you describe. What should they do to enable them to get there?
January 18, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
I wouldn't call patrick reed fit or strong One thing that I am going to show very soon is that the exact opposite is true. You don't a strong core and you don't need to try and get separation. The truth is that the more relaxed your core and lower body is the faster the hips will move. The idea of separation is a myth that can't die a soon enough death as I will explain soon.
January 19, 2024
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Robert
And a strong core - a good golf swing needs stability, and a strong core brings this. When the core is strong, it can move without tension. This is what Pilates teaches, with most exercises beginning with engaging the abdominals for stability and control. I've been doing Pilates for 20 years, and at nearly 81 I am able to play to a single-figure handicap and hit the ball 250 yards. I've rarely seen any mention of engaging the abdominals, but I think it is essential in a good swing.
January 21, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Pilates is fantastic for core stability for sure, my point is that a strong core has really nothing to do with getting the hips open. As for separation, what I'm referring to there is where you see instructors teaching golfers to try and twist their hips open during the transition a lot when this move happens in microseconds and can't really be felt much when done correctly. All of this ties back to the movement of the club and arms that is coming in the next video. It is a paradigm shift to say the least, in fact it's the opposite of what it the "rule" in golf instruction, so I promise it will all start to make sense in this next video.
January 21, 2024
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Robert
Chuck - when you talk about "squat to square without moving your upper body" and "post up without moving your upper body" - is that not separation? When I talk to amateur friends about doing this, most just cannot do it. And even find it hard to know what I am talking about.
January 21, 2024
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Ron
Very surprising to me that Rose, with a 9 iron, maxed out his trail leg pressure at 67% ( I would have thought it would be more). If he was using a longer club could you expect the pressure to increase some? The idea of unweighting your trail leg by falling targetward to rapidly increase the pressure on your lead leg is a big “aha” for me. Thanks for the great video!
January 18, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Shorter swing, less lateral move. As you get to the longer clubs the greater the lateral move.
January 19, 2024
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Venkatesh
Great video, as always, Chuck. Comprehensive explanation of the ideal weight shift, side bend without destroying the spine!!! Are there any drill/s that you would suggest to get the backswing right and the hips open at impact? In front of the mirror I can get the “falling to the lead side” just right. Great power on the driving range as I mentioned before. Need something to make it part of the muscle memory / Swing DNA. Thanks.
January 18, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
It has to be understood in the context of how the arms move and that's my next video.
January 19, 2024
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Ron
Learning to re-center is hard for me and I’m continually working on the timing. My question, though, is on opening up the hips. What I’m doing now is when I feel force on the lead leg coming down, I try to push the lead hip socket back behind me and consequently the lead leg will straighten some with the weight winding up on the lead heal. Am I thinking right about this?
January 17, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Ron nothing wrong with this thought. I believe that when the arms and club are moving correctly this happens automatically and I am close to having this exact sequence ready to publish.
January 18, 2024
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Steve
Hey Chuck, great video to show how the force is transferred. The force plate data is a game changer as shown with Rose. I can completely get behind what you are saying regarding force transfer, however I have to ask if there is more to come? I didn’t feel that this video clarifies how to incorporate this into the golf swing? Past movements like the squat to square and the Axiom gave a sense of what to feel along with a movement pattern to follow. I had found that through teaching my son the best way I could describe the movement to get the hips open was with a corkscrew movement of the left leg… Imagining after the squat to square, forcing the left heel into the ground while turning the lead hip back and out of the way! This really clicked in my own swing. Personally part 1, the backswing movement is exactly what my swing has been lacking and when I introduced it to my swing, everything you are talking about fell into place! I am not a certified swing coach, so I really try to follow the advice of those who are like yourself, especially since you have the safety of the body in mind! I just found that combining the backswing movement with the downswing feel I have been doing clicked… Did the NEW backswing move Kind of eliminated the squat to square thought? Is this correct or am I off base? Thanks again for your hard work and efforts! Steve B
January 17, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Steve, oh yes, a lot more to come. The issue with the hip movement is that it doesn't make sense outside of the context of how the arms move in the downswing and that is the piece I have been working to understand exactly what the greats did with their arms. This is a topic of much debate and there is more than one way to do it, but the deeper I dig I keep coming back to the GOATs being almost completely lead hand dominant. I'm working on matching my swing to theirs as we speak so i can say definitively that this is what they did.
January 17, 2024
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Matt
Being lead side with the arms does that kind of change the thought of the power program where you basically only felt your right arm?
January 17, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
That was exactly what I wanted to know definitively by doing this study. After 3 years of adding more and more right arm I can tell you this (all to be covered in detail in the next set of videos) 1. I can hit the ball basically the exact same way either way 2. The more trail arm I added, the more power I felt I had available and the less effortless I began to feel 3. The more trail arm I added, the more addicting it became and the less my swing looked like the GOATs 4. My most effortless, easy rounds of golf with the most pured shots felt like my trail arm "had left the chat" 5. The GOATs barely used their trail arms at all Both work and can produce the same results. The tour pros I have studied and tried to recreate patterns of their swings I would say are completely lead side dominant and use the trail hand for shot shaping and some increase in speed. For most golfers, using the trail hand will come along much more quickly because it is their dominant hand. They can hit the ball farther faster in their swing journey, but they don't look like the GOATs much at all.
January 17, 2024
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M. (Certified RST Instructor)
Good morning Chuck, What a great video again! I like the way you explain the essence between feel and what is mechanicaly happening in the swing. In the end of the video, where you use the shaft to show how long the clubhead can travel along the targetline if you (endo)rotate your lead hip into the hip socket you see that your shoulders also rotate about the same amount. Does this still mean that, at impact, your shoulders have to be square to target line or is it oke if they are already a little open? Lots of work at my swing again!! Marcel
January 17, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Thanks marcel! The shoulders should still be square, but the body is open. The squareness from the shoulders really comes from lead shoulder protraction more than anything.
January 17, 2024
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Anthony
A few questions: 1. When re-centering, do you land on the lead instep? More specifically, the inner ball of the lead foot prior to unweighting the trail leg? 2. Secondly, there are some GOATS at impact (like Jack) that have their lead more angled behind them, vs an upright lead leg. These players tend to ride the outer edge of the lead heel as a counter balance move. I'm asking because after playing for over 40 years, this method is the easiest (for me) to open the hips. Can you comment on that?
January 16, 2024
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Chuck (Certified RST Instructor)
Hi Anthony, Bobby Jones liked to say that's where he put his weight on the lead leg in the backswing. Of course we know that there is a "figure 8" pattern of pressure shift in the swing so Jones was right because if you are there in the backswing that is the first place you'll go in the downswing. As for #2, yes, if the lead leg is bent you would have more momentum carrying you to the outside of the foot since there is less force being driven downward to the ground. Momentum from the lateral shift has to go somewhere and this is where it would go if you don't straighten the leg. Worked ok for Jack!
January 17, 2024

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