Hi Robin here.
Recently I did a video aboutside bend explaining that your body will bend sidewards to the left in the back swing.
Andsidewards to the right in the down swing.
And how this sideward bend in the down swingis a really crucial part of a good golf swing.
I also mentioned there’s three ways your bodywill move in the swing.
One, rotation, second one the side bend which I explained, and thethird one is forward bend.
I briefly mentioned that but didn’t go into too much detail, howyour body’s bent forward at address, and then that’ll change during the golf swing.
In the comments of that video, a lot of peopleexpressed an interest in me explaining the forward bend in more detail, so I’m goingto give that a go.
But let me just say right now this is quite an advanced golf lesson,and I wouldn’t want too many people out there getting too confused with the detail of this.
There’ll be some people this will be relative to, some people not, so if you don’t thinkit’s for you don’t get too confused here, put this down to helping your understandingabout the golf swing, and perhaps at some point in the future when you’re having a lesson,this understating, this knowledge might help you relate, it might help you improve.
So what is forward bend? Let me explain.
Ataddress, your body is bent forwards about 40 degrees, approximately.
Everybody willbe slightly different, but about 40 degrees.
During the backswing, this forward bend willreduce.
You can see it’s now gone up just to below parallel.
So its, I say between fiveand 10 degrees in the positive.
If you were to keep 40 degrees of forwardbend, same angle of club, you could see your head would get away of the golf ball, yourangle of your upper body would be far too far to the right.
If you were to decrease your forward bendtoo much, into the negative this clubs above parallel, that would be a reverse span angle.
You’d be tilting back towards the target.
So those are two quite common swing faults.
If you’re getting too far off the ball with your head, you’re probably keeping too muchforward bend.
If you’ve got a reverse span angle, you’re reducing your forward bend toomuch.
That could be a simple drill, setting up 40degrees, and learn to rotate that parallel in the mirror.
I can’t really tell you whichone you’re doing, but again it might help your understanding.
So from the top of the backswing, you’re just,I say below parallel, this forward bend will increase again, coming back to about 40 degrees.
This will happen just before impact when your body’s square to the target.
But then throughthe ball, that forward bend will start to reduce again.
So at impact you are less than what you wereat address, as a slightly straighter angle of your chest.
This is quite crucial in creatingthe correct angle of attack.
If you’re somebody who hits too much down on the golf ball, you’reprobably keeping too much forward bend, that’s going to encourage you to hit too much down.
There has to be a slight raising of your chest, increasing your forward bend, to create thatupward hit with a driver or create that nice angle of attack with your irons.
If you’re keeping too much forward bend, againyour head would probably be getting in front of the golf ball, there has to be a slightstraightening, just that extending of your body.
Again it’s quite advanced, but for somepeople this might be the missing part of the puzzle.
As we continue into the follow through, thatforward bend will almost become opposite to what you were in the back swing, even straighter.
So your upper body’s extended into a nice position where your back is nice and flat,not arched back, that would be decreasing too much, not particularly bent forward, yourhead would be way in front of the golf ball.
So that’s the detail of forward bend.
So somepeople it’s going to be relative to, could be the missing piece of the jigsaw.
Some peopleI think, don’t worry about it, I think you’re not probably at the stage where you need tothink about that too much.
But if there’s one part of that, that’s avery general description, I’m not focusing really on one area.
But if there’s one partof that which you think that could be the missing part to you, maybe the way your body’smoving in the backswing or the extension through the ball, don’t be afraid to leave a comment,ask me maybe, let me focus in on one area if you think that’s you.
Because I’m interestedto know what information you want, what information you think will help you, and let me know andI’ll try to put a video together for you.