How good is your back swing technique?

Do you have the right movement pattern to be able to perform at an optimal level?

It is important to breakdown the fundamental movements involved in the golf back swing so you can improve your distance and consistency while minimising strain on your body.

The majority of movement in your back swing should come from a rotational movement happening in your trunk, but this is a complex movement and it is very easy to cheat and end up moving your legs, arms and lower back, all to compensate for the lack of control and flexibility.

You need stability in your legs and remain free to move in your torso.

If you want to learn to isolate and improve the trunk rotation in your back swing…the key is to load your weight into your back leg properly as you start to turn.

Focus your attention on how your weight is balanced over the top of your feet. It should be evenly distributed through your mid foot and not all back on your heels.

Once you have properly used your legs to set up your address position, slowly initiate your trunk turn and try to keep your lower body relatively still. Keep the weight to the inside of your foot and stack your knee over your foot and your hip over your knee.

At the top of your back swing you should feel like your back leg is taking most of the load of your body. Your back knee should still be bent and feel like your strongly over the top of your back foot.

The back swing movement should create the natural but subtle weight shift to the back leg freeing up weight from the front foot which will allow the pelvis to rotate into the back swing too.

The combination of the twist and a strong stable back leg creates the foundation of power and consistency in your swing.


Ignoring the role of the legs for stability:

It is common to see people initiating the rotation by pushing their hip backwards and straightening their back knee, this will allow you to rotate from your ankles and get the club back, but it will take you off plane and eliminate all the power your legs can generate.

It creates more degrees of freedom to both screw up your swing and hurt yourself.

Tips for training

  • practice with no club
  • start the movement slowly
  • attempt only small amplitude or a half swing
  • as you get better push for further range
  • the further you rotate the more your legs should be doing to maintain stability in your knee


  • Hold full back swing for 20-30 seconds
  • You should feel your legs working and your hip and torso twisting and stretching.
  • This movement and static exercise and warm-up is a great warm-up before you play. Spend 2-3 minutes isolating these rotational movements and your back will thank you after the round.

GolfSwingTraining checklist….

Do you have the right postures?

Can you get into position and hold it?

Do you have the flexibility in your torso?

Do you have the strength in your legs?

If the answer is no, call us today for a physiotherapy assessment we can assist you in getting the right flexibility and strength that is needed to help you get back into the swing of things!!!



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