Hogan’s Greatest Pivot Move – Misunderstood To Mean “Restrict The Hips”

I like to use Ben Hogan’s pivot move to illustrate the perfect pivot action for a reason – he didn’t have the “move off the ball” action with the head, and his head stayed in place on the pivot, leading me to coin the phrase “floating pivot.”

This stable head allowed him to strike the ball with unearthly accuracy (he complained about playing 36 holes per day in some events because he sometimes drove his ball off a tee in the afternoon and ended up in the morning’s tee shot divot).

Everyone always points to the dozen anti-hook moves Hogan had in his swing, and that is absolute death to the average golfer, because the average golfer doesn’t have a hooking problem.

What people need to look at and emulate is the Hogan pivot, and what he did with it.

The way to prevent a moving head with a full pivot action is to do what Hogan did – he didn’t restrict his hip turn, what he did was resist a shift to the right with the hips by bracing the pivot with his right leg and foot.

There is a huge difference.


Bracing the pivot with the right or trailing leg doesn’t prevent the hips from turning – with it does is prevent a shift to the right.

Anyone in the analytical/instruction field who thinks Hogan restricted his hip turn is either blind or going by what they’ve heard, because he had a significant and free hip turn, even after his near-fatal wreck left his lower body severely limited in mobility.


In fact, it’s much easier to make a full hip turn by doing what Hogan did, which is why I call it the “perfect pivot” action.

If you look closely again at Hogan’s pivot, especially from the rear viewpoint, you’ll see that this pivot, if performed like the way he did, leaves the impression that the swinger is about to fall to the left upon reaching the top of the pivot.

This is why it’s crucial to have that right-tilted spine, because if you perform this pivot with a centered or left-biased stance, you’re in danger of “reverse-pivoting,” where the weight stays on the left side.


That is particularly bad for producing speed and power because the weight has nowhere to shift to produce leverage.

What you then get is a falling-back of the head and compression of the lower spine to get the proper impact position, and this type of swing, I called the “back-breaker” when Tiger Woods was doing it with Sean Foley – before he broke his back, I might add:


Looking above, you’ll see why I could never figure out why TW ever went to a swing instructor who taught the exact opposite of proper swing mechanics, because the way Foley said was wrong, is correct, and the way he taught, is horrifically incorrect.

MCS Golf Swing Pivot


So, the secret to the MCS Golf Swing pivot is in the two elements I’ve discussed yesterday and today – the right-tilting spine lets you make that Ben Hogan “perfect pivot” action to “turn your back” on the target without either drifting to the right (you’re already there with the setup) or getting stuck over the left side with the weight going back.

It’s similar to a reverse-pivot action but isn’t a reverse pivot, because of the spine tilt


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