Re: The Biggest Secret? SLIDE Your Hips
Originally Posted by mm6840
It's going to be impossible to discuss this while we're both using terms like "slightly" and "very" without providing actual numbers.
The video of Sean O'Hair has what I would consider a "slightly" open hip, and Sean is one of the more open players at impact on the PGA Tour.
I posted a ton of pictures showing how open a bunch of pros are at impact, and relative to most mid- to high-handicappers I see
, the pros are less open than the amateurs, so I called that "slightly." My definition of "slightly" in this context is 30-ish degrees open relative to the target line.
I think "very" open hips can create more speed and thus more power, but in the hands (or hips) of an amateur who lacks the ability to manipulate his body and the clubhead as well as a pro, the vast majority of that power is wasted when they end up cutting across the back of the ball at some obscene angle.
Hips forward with "slight" turn is thus a powerful (though not "very" powerful) and consistent position which leads to good ball striking with well above average distance (though again perhaps not "max" distance).
Originally Posted by SubPar
Yes, too much sliding on the takeaway is bad. Too many amateurs, IMO, get their weight on the right side (as they're "told" by magazines and such), then spin their hips out from there. They never really get their weight back to the left side.