When it comes to the golf swing I don’t believe in secrets, in the sense that if you know a certain “something” that it makes it special. There is really nothing sacrosanct about the golf swing. Quite frankly, the swing is a series of body movements that result in a moving golf club.

Of course there are ideal movements and less than ideal movements and practice of the correct movements is paramount to success. I don’t think these movements, however, are “secrets”. They are simply ideal moves that produce a faster and more efficient movement of the golf club. Let’s just call them “ideal” rather than “secrets”.

One such ideal movement is that of how the trail leg functions in the golf
moe-swing-seq-2swing.  Take a look at this pictures. You can see clearly that Moe’s trail leg is braced at an angle. I call this a “frame”. This framework of Moe’s leg allows the trail hip to turn. The angle of his leg supports the turn. This is the opposite of what I call pelvis shift where the hips sway away from the target.

If there is anything that I might say is the absolute worst thing you can do in a golf swing, you might catch me saying “pelvis shift” is the worst thing.

Dr. Neal of golf biodynamics agrees. Pelvis shift causes a “reversing” of the spine and inhibits the rotation of the pelvis and torso. Here is a picture of Pelvis shift where the lower body has shifted to away from the target.

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You can see that since the pelvis has slid over the trail leg it inhibits the shoulder and hip turn. Compare this to Moe’s braced trail leg and see the major difference in the position of the backswing.

As I said before, I don’t think there are secrets, just solid mechanics of movement.