Originally Posted by Beachcomber On the backswing, your body in order to keep a steady head will require extension of the right side
, to enable a 90* turn of the shoulders and a 45* turn of the hips.
In order to not sway rightward or away from the target, and maintain a steady head, the right leg will straighten. And the right hip will be deeper and higher than the left. This forces your spine to tilt left and your left shoulder will go under the chin, and the right will be higher on the arch. A feel golfers will often have is that their entire right side is stretched in full extension at the top of the swing
. This loads the pressure on the right side. But doing so maintains a centered pivot, and a steady head - key #1.
In order to now move from the top of the swing - where the golfers right side is in extension, and the spine is tilted toward the target.
A lateral shift of the lower body is required. The golfer will slide his hips laterally toward the target by stepping down with the left foot. This move ensures proper ground reaction forces (GRF) are generated and help enable and power this lateral shift required to hit the golf ball with maximum force. This lateral slide of the hips enables the golfer to move his weight to the left side and ensure weight forward (key #2).
Yes most golfers will extend there right knee to some degree. Also, you are NOT required to turn 90 degrees, and hip angle to shoulder angle can vary as well. But if your a person who is not flexible, don't go overkill on the hip rotation to get to 90 degrees. You can turn to much and your weight will start to fall towards the target. So there is a balance here.
Also, everyone is a feel player
I disagree with this, the spine is not tilted towards the target. The point of the center pivot is to keep the upper center stable. For this to happen, your hips must rotate on a proper incline. Try doing a Russian Twist with a medicine ball, with your feet off the ground. To stay centered, as you drop the weight to one side, your hips will adjust and rotate slightly. The spine does not move laterally, or change title. If your hips open, the bottom of the spine will stay centered, meaning if you want the spine to tilt towards the target, then your head would have moved forward in the backswing, which is bad.
Yes, the spine will tilt away from the target at impact, slightly, and more pronounced with the driver. This is because the hips have driven forward, the head has stayed steady. Though in the FINISH, you might not see this because some players tend to move forward and get that stand straight up and down look. Most younger golfers, get the tilt look at finish with belt buckle pointing towards the sky, the old stand straight up and down on the front leg is an older looking finish. Its a style thing, but it has nothing to do with Impact. So I wouldn't go judging this by how they finish, more of were they are at with impact.
Lets say your a right handed golfer, lets say your hitting a middle iron.
I would say that the spin tilt would be.
Address: Slightly tilted to the right, but mostly vertical
Top of the backswing: Same tilt
Impact: slightly tilted away from the target
Finish: Depends on golfer.