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How do you determine the proper spine angle at address? This video shows you how and talks about hinging properly from the hip.

Video Practice Points
  • The correct spine angle is not a specific number - it varies from one golfer to another
  • Never bend at the waist in the golf swing - hinge from the hips to keep the spine neutral
  • Get into good posture then bow forward until your toes get light
  • Relax your knees and let your arms hang down
  • You should feel your weight in your glutes, not your quads

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Address in Golf | Hinge From the Hip for Proper Spine Angle

Cool. Now another big key that we want to talk about with keeping your spine in neutral is what it looks like from down the line. So as I'm doing this, obviously it's really easy for me to be in neutral joint alignment. You can think about just somebody had a string attached to the top of your head and they just kind of pull you up. And you're a nice neutral posture. You can be like this all day. Your spine is in your, your joints. Your vertebrae are in perfect alignment. And so it's very easy for you to make a full turn. Every golfer can make a full shoulder turn. I promise you when your spine is in neutral and you move from the correct place. So it's really easy for me to turn and talk to the camera here with my chest, turn 90 degrees. Now, as soon as I do this, which is what most people do to get the club, they roll their shoulders forward. They kind of hunched forward like this, and they set up like this. Well now

To turn and talk to you is really hard.

And I'm having a hard time and it feels really uncomfortable because I've taken my spine out of neutral. And as you do that, you start losing rotational mobility in your spine. Each vertebrae that you have only has about a degree degree and a half of rotation. So in order to make a full, which is going to be a 45 degree turn in relationship to your hips, a full 45 degree turn, you need every single little bit of rotation from every vertebrae up the chain, but when you start taking them and you round them over, well, these Fossette joints get locked a little bit. And so they lose rotational mobility. And so all of a sudden, you can't make a full shoulder turn anymore because you've rounded your shoulders forward. And

Now all of a sudden it's really hard to

Make any rotation. So you can feel this for yourself. If you're sitting in a chair watching these videos right now, just roll your shoulders really far forward, kind of roll your waist from roll forward from the waist

And try and turn back and forth

And then stand up nice and tall, and then turn all of a sudden miracle. You got 20, 30 degrees more rotation. Obviously it's not a miracle. You just need to keep your joints in neutral. So as you set up to the ball, make sure that you feel nice and tall. Your spine is a neutral. And as you hinge forward, you hinge from the hip socket, not from your waist, because again, it's going to take your spine out of neutral. So what you're going to do is focus on hinging forward from your hips. And as you do that in order to keep your balance, your weight, just keep it stacked over your ankles, which we're gonna talk about. Next is going. Your hips are going to move back as your body moves forward as a counterbalance. So now I've kept my spine in neutral heads. Back. Shoulders are back. And as I reached for the club, I don't want to roll my shoulders forward. All of a sudden I'm going to keep my spine a neutral hinge forward, grab the club. So now I've got my spine in neutral. We're going to focus on where, where all the club and all that stuff is in a second. But now I have the ability to make a nice full turn because I've kept my spine in neutral, which is critical. And I have access tilt, which is going to prevent the dreaded reverse pivot.

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