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Should You Restrict Your Hip Turn on the Backswing?

There are some golf theories that tell you to restrict your hip turn on the backswing to increase distance.

But to me, that is almost impossible. I think that won't increase your leverage but rob you distance instead.

Jack Nicklaus wrote about this on his book "Golf My Way." He said,

"Stand erect with your arms at your sides and keep them there. Now hold your hips still and turn your shoulders. Impossible, right? Even the slightest shoulder turn forces hip turn."

Shoulders and hips move together. If you restrict your hip turn, you will restrict shoulders turn. As a result, you will have shorter backswing and lose distance.

In golf, the more you turn your shoulders on the backswing, the more clubhead speed you will generate.

There are few rules to follow

You don't have to worry about restricting hip turn, but you don't want to do the following on the backswing.

1. Sway your hips to the right
2. Straighten your right knee

If you sway to the right on the backswing, you will lose your power. And if you straighten your right knee, you will tend to come over the top on the downswing.

You can't keep your right knee still throughout the swing, it moves slightly but not a lot.

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