Re: The Biggest Secret? SLIDE Your HipsSomething a high handicapper should work on along with this is the shoulder movement. The over the top move is often a result of the shoulders turning over and around the ball. Combine the hip slide and OTT move and you've got a destructive swing.
Here's a link to Golf Digest which has analysed 180 000 swings to determine the biggest culprit to the slice: http://www.golfdigest.com/instructio...ssteveatherton
The good thing about ingraining this move into the work is that it is based on the same movement, which will make the entire body work the same way. The basic idea is that the right shoulder work down and not out from the top. You'll want to get to a position where the left shoulder is higher than the right, like the left hip is higher than the right. Looking at the pictures you can see that the hips and shoulders angle at a pretty similar angle.
An important detail is to keep the head from moving laterally too much, preferably as little as possible, but not conciously trying to keep it dead still. The swing is a dynamic and moving motion, the head must be allowed to be alive, but not follow the rest of the body.
Try getting the sensation of the body between the head and the feet moving out towards the target from the top of the backswing. It will feel very strange, but it's what this thread is about. The hips must lead for this to work. If the shoulders start moving forward, the head will follow. The hips is the centre of the body which can move forward, shifting the weight and pulling along with it legs and shoulders. The shoulders don't move forward, as that would be impossible without moving the head the same way. The head is an important detail because it is linked to the shoulders. Wherever your head moves, the shoulders also move. This effectively move your body position relative to the ball position, which most of us have made sure is in the right place. The shoulders simply create an angle with the right one dropping down.
Saying that the shoulder just rotate from the top is wrong and won't do any good. The shoulders must work up and down to get into the right position. In fact, rotating from the top is the move of a slicer. The right shoulder must move down from the inside of the ball, then rotate through the ball, but still moving up. If you start by rotating from the top, you'll be open long before hitting the ball, which will send the ball to the right, or open the clubface so much you'll hit a big slice. The shoulders rotate 90º from address to the top, from there it must rotate 90-100º before impact and then rotate through to the finish, the last 90º.