Transition & The Tush Line - James Jordan.

Posted by JJGOLF on February 11, 2016

Transition & The Tush Line - James Jordan.

Feb 11, 2016

Students, Friends & Golfers, (February 11, 2016) 

Tush Line & The Orientation of the lower body in the Golf Swing:
By: James Jordan

Have you heard over the years to swing against a wall? Keep a Chair attached to your butt and turn? What haven't we heard! Personally, I've demonstrated how those suggestions maintain tush line and chimed in with players live to demonstrate what those ideas illustrate. All said and done, I think many still should be aware of what assists in helping a player maintain the tush line and how to be more effective with their lower elements in their golf swing. 

Tush Line: If a vertical line is drawn top to bottom (perfectly in line with the tush / vertically attached to the tush) that's an imaginary line we would like to see the tush / butt maintain, as the hand / arms orientate the club / clubface and the lower elements work in a rotation like manner. 

This month, I want to give you 2 Keys to be cognizant of that will heighten your awareness when bettering your tush line and lower elements. 

PART 1:  Setup can play a huge role in a player moving off the tush line too early. Many Amateurs and Beginners will come to me with poor posture and weight distribution in their feet, so it's only natural that they push their body closer to the ball in transition or even fall back on their trail (back foot) as they near impact. Ideally we want some flexion in the knees, the chest hanging over the hands a bit and feeling the weight more middle forward in the feet (balls of the feet analogy.) This alone will allow a player to be more rotational and use the lower body much more effectively. 

See the difference in my two newer players here who suffered Pulls (leftward shots) and Thin (shots struck off the lower leading edge of face or lower grooves of the clubface) based on setup correlating with tush line?Things became much better simply from setup and then a discussion of lower body elements which we will discuss shortly. 

Player 1: Exhibits a tall stance, weight on middle heels causing him to lose his tush line. Result? Many low and rightward missed shots. I asked him what's the feel? "As if I hang back helping the ball up saving it with my hands JJ." Now based on setup (and some lower rotational work) he began to hit it much higher, dead on his intended target line and voiced "I feel more rotational in the golf shot JJ." An exciting moment for the student, who now understands the setup to tush line relationship. 
Player 2: A bit more tricky, however same issue relating to tush line. When asked about his weight distribution at setup, he voiced middle and that the chest fell into the gut / stomach area. We brought his chin up slightly and the chest over the hands. I had him back off the ball an inch in addition. Then (just like the previous player) his weight was to be felt more into the middle / balls of the feet. We worked on becoming comfortable just hitting shots with the new setup, then adding in some lower rotational work to better his shot direction. His previous setup not only resulted in a loss of tush line, but he would rise up vertically in the transition (top of the swing working into the impact position) fall back on his trail (rear right foot) and hit constant pulls.

  After 20-30 minutes of work, his pattern became a constant 2-3 yard draw. All relative to setup challenges not allowing the body to work as effectively. Another great session for this student. A fun day surely. 
PART 2: The Lateral and Rotational work that compliments the setup. 
Once you've created a setup that is similar to what we've discussed earlier in the article, it's important to understand how the lower body works to maintain that tush line. This is a 2 part process I will explain. 

1) Lateral Movement: In transition (from the top of the swing) you want to feel as if you're starting the legs earlier at the target. What this might feel like, is you pushing the pressure of the right foot / right knee into the left quad as the arms begin to orientate the club down. We don't want to slide them in the amount of losing the tush line (an exaggeration of lateral shift can actually create loss of tush line) but enough to not have you hanging back on the rear / trail foot. It gives us the chance to "PUSH THE TUSH" which I will explain next. 
2) Rotational Movement: A bit more Educated on the Lateral portion that takes place in transition, we can add in the rotational portion of the tush, that keeps the tush itself, on the tush line a bit more. The best (or I should say the most powerful of swings) in the game, can initiate this part of their body in a wholesome manner. It's Vexatious (annoying) to say the least! What's happening once you've started the lower body to move laterally (feeling you've pushed into the left quad as you near impact) is the left tush turn more around the left heel (you'll feel the pressure in the lead left foot push into the middle and or heel) and the left abdomen / side of the stomach is pointed closer to the target. Here's a few examples of players who did a great job at implementing this sequence during our sessions. 
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The organization of this work takes time and isn't a quick fix. Instructors and Coaches sweat hours and hours to help players condition this waist down sequencing. Some can institute this more naturally and some need to exaggerate the obvious to earn such ground work. This takes time, patience and a good coach watching you train it. Get to Work! 

  Hoping the year has kicked off wonderfully for you all in your golf game. The weather is resilient (El Nino? Huh?) Here in Southern California and I'm excited for our next session. Play, Practice and Performing your best is our goal... 

 Until our next session - JJ 

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