4 Easy Ways to be a More Consistent Ballstriker: Step 2

1 of 4 Bob Atkins
Step 2: Make a Bigger Hip Turn WHY YOU SHOULD DO IT It's easier to do than keeping your hips firm and coiling your upper body against them in your backswing. Plus, your hips can't handle it. THE PROOF YOU NEED Take the hip-flexibility test. (Click here for video.) Sit in a chair that allows you to rest both feet on the ground with a comfortable bend at both knees. Raise your right foot slightly off the ground and then try to move it laterally outward without moving your knee or upper leg. You should feel a stretch on the inside of your right hip. If your right leg is in the fail zone above ... Your hip flexibility isn't up to snuff. If your right leg is in the pass zone pictured above ... You have excellent flexibility in your right hip. You're a perfect candidate to create coil the way the pros do.
2 of 4 Bob Atkins
IF YOU FAILED THE TEST ... Turn your hips. This allows you to make a full shoulder turn and load up powerfully behind the ball.
3 of 4 Bob Atkins
DON'T FORCE IT! Trying to create resistance with your hips when you have limited right-hip flexibility makes it easy to sway away from the ball. If you hit a lot of fat or thin shots, this is your culprit. 1. "Fake" shoulder turn 2. Body moved too far off the ball 3. Weight on the outside of right leg
4 of 4 Schecter Lee
How to power up the easy way: Put your weight in your pocket Turning your hips along with your upper body gets you correctly behind the ball, but it's critical that your turn also moves your weight to your right side so you can unload it into the ball when you swing back down. A foolproof way to accomplish this is to think of stuffing your weight in your right pants pocket as you bring the club to the top. You'll know you're doing it correctly if you feel a tightness in the front of your right hip (look for diagonal creases in your pants from the bottom of your zipper to your right pants pocket). If your weight moves outside this area you'll have a difficult time getting it back to your left side on your downswing. If it's inside this area, you never really transferred your weight at all. Step 3: Forget About Your Spine Angle