All in the hips: Get more power out of your golf swing |

All in the hips: Get more power out of your golf swing

Robyn Bradford, PGA head golf professional at the Mountain Golf Course, shows the right and wrong way to swing.
Courtesy illustration IVGID |

Every golfer wants more power and distance from their shots. What most beginners don’t know and what seasoned players forget over time, is that it’s all in the hips.

When the hips are turned it creates torque in the lower body, kind of like a rubber band. When torque or resistance is created in the lower body it is stored power that helps create those long powerful drives. Next time you watch a pro play, notice how their hips rotate.

The best way to open the hips and harvest this power is to not think about the hips at all. The secret is in thinking about the shoulders.

Think about getting the left shoulder over the right toe because this turns the hips automatically. Then use that stored energy to snap the hips and let the arms follow.

Voilà! You just smashed it an extra 20 yards. Old Stubbs from Happy Gilmore was right! It is all in the hips.

Practice this tip at the Championship Course driving range, which is now open 7 days a week 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Mountain Course opens May 1 and the Championship Course and The Grille at the Chateau open May 8 so start working on your swing!

“IVGID Tip” is a bi-weekly feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides. This tip was provided by Robyn Bradford, PGA head golf professional at the Mountain Golf Course. Visit or call 775-832-1146 for information or to reserve tee-times.

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