How to Stop Swaying in 3 Steps

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Author: WhyGolf WhysGuy

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In this post, WhysGuy will discuss:

  • What swaying is and how it can negatively affect your ball-striking.
  • 3 practical tips to stop swaying in your golf swing.

What is Swaying in the Golf Swing?

It seems reasonable to assume that sliding the whole body away and back toward the target would produce added power in the golf swing. The problem with doing this, however, is that it makes timing the swing extremely challenging.

Swaying in golf is generally defined as excessive lateral movement with the lower body. If you find yourself swaying, it's highly likely you're leaving consistency and distance on the table. Below, you'll find three practical steps that will help you stop swaying in your golf swing.


How to Stop Swaying

1. Rotate Your Trail Foot Open at Address

  • Golfers often have limited hip mobility in their trail hip, which can make it difficult to rotate effectively in the backswing. As a result, golfers often end up sliding laterally with the hips in the backswing.
  • Rotating your trail foot (right foot for right-handers) open slightly at setup will allow you to rotate into your right hip more easily.




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2. Improve Your Pressure Shift

  • Instead of letting your hips slide away from the target, focus on applying pressure into the ground with your trail foot as you take the club back.
  • When you apply pressure into the ground with your trail foot, it will be easier to keep your hips from sliding. You may also find it easier to generate power in your golf swing.
  • Learn more how to pressure shift here.




3. Use an Alignment Rod as a Reference Point

  • Stand an alignment rod vertically so it's just outside your trail hip at address.
  • Make sure you don't slide into the alignment rod in your backswing.
  • The WhyGolf Alignment Disc can be a useful tool if you want to be able to stand your alignment rods at specific angles indoors or outdoors.     




Key Takeaways:

  • Swaying in the golf swing refers to excessive lateral movement with the lower body and can cause timing issues.
  • To stop swaying, consider rotating your trail foot open at setup to facilitate better rotation into your trail hip in your backswing.
  • Improve your pressure shift by applying force to the ground with your trail foot in the backswing.
  • Place an alignment rod vertically just outside your trail hip and try not to make contact with the rod during your swing.


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