Back Swing Pivot – From 3 O’Clock To The Top

“From 3 O’Clock To The Top” sounds kind of like a 50s rock song, but whatever – this is the second part of the back swing after the initial move, and you will see that, once again, it is mostly lower body action.

There is the right arm action of course, which is the only major action in the upper body as you lift the hands to the top, but look how stable the head is, the upper body in general, and how it’s the lower body driving the pivot move.

Below, with the down the line angle:

There is very little to do with “flexibility” in the mechanically-sound golf swing because, the only real flexibility you need is the natural mobility in the hip and leg joints. and I say that because it’s the opposite of the Modern Golf Swing, where you need incredible flexibility in the back and waist area (which will actually come back to haunt you – case in point: Tiger Woods).

As you can see, by using the proper body parts instead of twisting myself like a dishrag, I can at the age of 47 (and with a spinal deformity) perform a back swing pivot that gives me a greater than 90 degree shoulder turn and with minimal effort:

And if you watch the belt loops on my waist and my left knee and hip, you can see clearly that, other than the “lifting” action of the right arm, the back swing is still being performed with the lower body:

And for all of the talk about the modern golf swing being predicated on the principles of one Ben Hogan, you take a look at Hogan’s left heel, knee and belt loops from the rear and tell me which pivot is more Hogan – the frozen-hipped modern move or MCS?

I’d say the only real difference between Hogan’s pivot and mine in the two above gif.s are that Hogan kept his right elbow much closer to his torso at the top than I do, which give me a much longer back swing and thus more leveraging power from the top… Hogan was obsessed with accuracy, I’m a long-hitting power guy, and yet the same pivot action…


So, you can use your own eyes to see that the Modern Golf Swing has nothing to do with Ben Hogan’s actual swing, and you can see how one of the most accurate ball-strikers ever on Tour pivoted, or you can keep listening to the guys on TV asking you, “Who you gonna believe – me or your lying eyes?”

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2 thoughts on “Back Swing Pivot – From 3 O’Clock To The Top

  1. peterallenby2013

    For me, the “eureka” moment was understanding the “one major move” lifting the right hand completing the backswing pivot – Then focusing one smoothly transitioning the right elbow/arm back to the right side and moving the weight to my front/left foot. The ball is flying straight and yet I feel as if the swing should have more…movement? I’m quickly disabusing myself of that notion seeing as how my distances are good AND hitting the ball consistently at the target line!

    It can’t be that easy…right?!!

    1. D Watts Post author

      It can’t be that easy…right?!!

      Actually, Peter – when you build your proper stance, get to the top as you should, and trust the down swing sequence – yeah, you betcha! 😉

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