The Hip Stall Comes From A Proper “3 To 9” Sequence

A while back, Jim asked a question about the “hip stall” he noticed in Mickey Wright’s swing, and which everyone talks about in Rory McIlroy’s impact phase, and I had answered back then that it is part of an efficient transfer of power to the ball (“cracking the whip”) that anyone can do with a proper down swing sequence.

I have been critical of certain parts of Rory’s swing, with particular regards to his posture and bias at in the setup, but the “hip stall” part of his swing is nothing to criticize, and I can show you the same thing in the MCS Golf Swing model, in fact.

You can really see it with a rear-side view of the swing through the impact and, I would say, the proper sequencing of the “3 O’Clock to 9” phase is what will allow you to do the same thing.

Now, to avoid confusion when I have stated before that the hips turn from the top to the finish, you don’t actually stop the hip turn but rather there is a micro-second through the impact phase where they will slow significantly, but this is not something you ever try to do deliberately.

In fact, my own “feel” with the swing does not have any slowing the hips – it occurs so quickly that you will have no consciousness of it occurring, so don’t worry about “making it happen” because it takes place in the blink of an eye and is the product of properly sequencing the down swing and weight transfer.

Again, I’ll bring you back to the Kettle Bell “One Exercise” to get this going, and if you watch the portion of the “EMCS2 – The Follow Up” video where I talk about the “3 to 9” part of the “One Exercise,” you’ll be on track to getting this down.

First, let’s look at the Driver swing, where you can actually see the hip rotation “stalling” at the power transfer phase of the down swing, and I have isolated the “3 to 9” portion as well:

Driver – Rear View

If you keep an eye on the double belt loops in the rear of my slacks, you’ll see it pretty clearly on the slowed-down 3 to 9 portion:

Driver Hip Stall

Same thing going on with the 5 iron swing viewed from the rear, again with the entire swing and then isolated:

5 Iron – Rear View

5 Iron Hip Stall

All of this ties in, of course, with the proper transfer to the leading foot coming down from the top, and again, it is not something you can do deliberately, as the entire “3 to 9” part of the swing only takes a few hundredths of a second.

What you’re seeing is the proof that a proper, mechanically-sound golf swing with power does not really on the actual hip turn through impact – the hips begin to to rotate immediately on the transition of course, but for real power, you want the proper “drop & pop” action that you will get (if you don’t have it) by working on that “3 to 9” part of the Kettle Bell “One Exercise.”

If you remember the posting on the Swing Angle, this is yet another reason you want to swing “down and out” and not try to “swing left” or “at the target” with the hands, as illustrated in the up-the-line gif. of a driver swing, which also shows clearly the hip stall through impact:

So, if you are looking for more effortless power, we went through the nature of leverage and the 3 Levers in “EMCS2,” along with the concept of the “3 to 9” part of the swing where you engage the 2nd and 3rd levers after activating the 1st Lever with the transition from the top.

So, if this were a study hall, I would remind everyone that the 3 Levers involve:

  • The proper setup to ensure the hip & leg action related to a proper shoulder turn,
  • The “Pressure Pate” concept from the “E = MCS” video – the transfer of weight and pressure on the transition to the down swing,
  • Leveraging the hands & club to the “3 O’Clock” position in the “Drop” and finally,
  • Making sure you’re not trying to “turn” the body or shoulders through impact when you “Pop.”

And that’s the class for today, my friends!

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