The Hip Pull Drill

It’s a shift and then a hip turn. It’s not just a tilt or a stretch.  There’s a turn. Here’s the real deal.

Check out the drill – MIke emphatically teaching the power that comes with the hip turn. (Something to practice while the snow flies.)

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14 thoughts on “The Hip Pull Drill

  1. Generally I don’t learn article on blogs, however I wish to
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  2. Haha. Good catch on Mike Austin’s reaction. You are absolutely right on both counts. I can tell you that the gentleman’s speed and overall swing improved immensely within the next 10 minutes of the lesson. Will show you in future clips.

  3. i could feel mike holding on to his bursts and could almost hear his yell. no offence, but the guy’s turning too slow against mike’s instructions.

  4. Also, see “The Belly Button” video. Now, “how in the world” (as Mike would say) can you say there is no turn before impact when there in living color is Mike Austin instructing me to move the belly button which is then pulling the thigh and hip into the shot. It’s terrible what is being espoused as “Mike Austin” teachings. Just terrible – especially when they never even met the man, yet alone spent countless hours with him over the course of many years. Just terrible.

  5. There is defintely a turn. See the most recent videos and the old one I posted with Mike telling me to grap my right hip pocket and pull. How can anyone possibly argue otherwise? They may be making up their own swing theories, that’s fine. But it’s NOT Mike Austin and it’s a shame to say it is. It’s misleading.
    Mike Austin was definitive on the point.
    However, please note that before the hip turn, there is first a shift to the left.
    That’s why Mike Austin called it a “compound pivot”. It’s a shift and a turn.
    The bump or shift to the left is the result of a number of things:
    The left heel hitting the ground, the right knee flexing and the right ankle raising and then turning.
    That tilts the right hip and right shoulder down and bumps the hips toward the target, which is then followed by the turn.
    Hope that helps!!

  6. Hello again Chuck!

    Thanks for a quick reply!
    There is a discussion going on about when the right hip turns in the downswing.
    Some says that Austin did no turn the right hip before after the stroke while other says that the right hip goes down and the leg get weightless when doing this action with right hipturn after impact.
    Whats your comment on this part of the swing?

  7. Hey Staale,
    Thanks for the greetings from Noway!
    Yes, a membership site is in the works – just figuring out a couple of technical issues.
    As to the backswing: My back knee (right knee) is slightly bent at address. (That angles your hips and shoulders.) I straighten the right knee and raise the lead (left heel).That will automatically bump my hips to 4 o’clock (12 o’clock being at the ball, 6 o’clock being directly behind you and 3 o’clock being at your back (right) hip at address). From there, you can turn your left side into your posted back (right) leg. As a start, you can hit the ball with deadhands and get the real feel for the pivot. You can hit it very far and accurately that way. Then, you can add the hand action. That’s exactly the progression as taught by Mike Austin. I will evidence that it the videos. I think it only confuses people when you try to put it in words. Plus there is great benefits to learning the pivot and hitting it with dead hands at first.

  8. Hello Chuck!
    Great to see you back with new videoclips!
    I would suggest that you set up a membersection so you can have some income out of this site or put a dvd out for sale.
    Can you pls describe how you start your backswing?
    Do you pivot and counter rotate your wrists?

    All the best Staale, Norway!

  9. Thanks John. The only thing that I can comment accurately is that in his teaching he wanted the left heel to be planted basically in the same footprint. He would yell at any one who didn’t. He didn’t want the left foot to be dancing around.
    BTW for the site’s followers – the left heel raises and the left knee bends. The left knee will point in toward the ball.

  10. Hi Chuck,

    Did you ever notice that Mike replanted his lead heel slightly to the rear of it’s initial position, which seemed to result in a slight forward hitch or cant in his downswing path? Any comments on this?

    Glad to see you posting again!

  11. Hey Rick.
    What really starts the downswing is the lead heel returning to the ground.
    That’s where people have it all wrong. You need to lift the lead heel for many reasons. Mike was adamant. One reason is so you are detached from the ground and you can then make a complete backturn. Now when you replant the shift automatically happens and you turn the hips. (Without the shift you are just spinning your hips – not good.) At the same time you are throwing the clubhead at the ball – not pulling the butt of the club to the ball or retaining the angle between your arm and the club (creating lag).

  12. Hi Chuck, thanks for the new video and pearl of wisdom from Mike. On this shift and then turning of the hips very fast , did Mike ever say that this was what started the downswing?


  13. Chuck, great to have another MA issm!!! Rnnnnnnn, I like that and can’t to get to it. BTW, do you have any of your swings from the side. Would love to see one or more from that perspective.

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