Slow Down Them Hips

Firing your hips to early causes all sorts of problems in the golf swing.

What happens is the club drops too far behind you resulting in pushes, hooks and slices.

Slowing your hips down will allow your arms to get caught up and the club face square at impact.

Check out this video for a few simple drills to help slow your hips down.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Oh yeah…these drills will also help you slicers hit more of draw.

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31 comments on “Slow Down Them Hips
  1. how can I put spin on the ball to make it check up on the green rather than go past the flag leaving me with a long put. I would also like to put spin on the ball to cause it to back up.

    • CJ Goecks says:

      David Marcati,
      First question David is what kind of ball are you using. If you are not using a prov1 or something like that then the conversation can end here. Talk to you soon.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

      • For the most part I use a Titlest 2 piece DT. Sometimes I use a Top Flight XL.

        • CJ Goecks says:

          David,
          These balls are not made to spin like you want. You need to use a prov1 or similar ball and you will notice a huge improvement in spin. If you still struggle then please don’t hesitate to contact me, but you will be amazed at even the difference between a NXT Tour and a ProV1, much less a DT.
          Keep em Long and Straight,
          CJ

  2. danny uk says:

    hi cj love the new haircut, i got your message on the insiders club it has really helped using the shaft in the belt hoops im also going to try this drill with the belt buckell, just to see what happens, i played this afternoon and i was so up and down good for 4 hole bad for 4 holes e.t.c.

    I had a new putter YES putter got custom fit (sophia 2 balde putter) and it feels good i counted my putting and it was at 32 so not bad but not great 75% of the time i was chiiping on for pars.

    Loving the vids i play on moor land can you do some videos on ruff, (very long heather thick grass) when you have big tuffes of grass behind the ball how to hit down what club to use from chipping on the green and also just to get back in position, that would be great it cost me at least 4 shots today.

    catch up on insiders soon

    cheers cj

    danny uk

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Danny,
      Thanks for the info Danny. I will do a video soon on the thick stuff soon. Thanks for letting me know what you need help with. Talk to you soon.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  3. JOHN L says:

    I thought most people start the downswing with the upper body and wish they could fire the hips faster.

    • CJ Goecks says:

      John L,
      Thanks for the question John. There is difference between firing the hips, starting with the upper body, and slowing down the hips to let the arms catch up. Again most amateurs will start with the upper body, and open their hips thus creating a slice. This tip meant to slow the hips down, keep them closed and let the arms sync up with the body. Hope this clears up some confusion.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  4. As a side bar, My driver and Iron shots have improved since adopting your swing recommendations. I use the set up process and my ball travels straight, I need to work on distance next. After that my next goal is to improve my short game chipping and putting.

    • CJ Goecks says:

      David Marcati,
      Thanks David for the question. I recommend working on your short game before working on distance. You will be amazed at how the short game will improve your impact position and thus will improve your distance. Hope this helps and I am glad your swing and game has improved since adopting the PCGS.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  5. I am consistantly hitting near the heel of the driver, no matter where I place it in relation to the ball. can you tell me what i am doing wrong

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Donald Hollister,
      Thanks for the question. Lets try the simple fix first. Stand further away from the ball. Second, if this is still happening then the club is coming too far from outside in. You need to get the club coming from more inside on the downswing. Let me know how your doing and we can talk and get you fixed.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  6. [Mac] Clair Mccurdy says:

    Hi CJ, I have been using your system beginning this spring. Much improvement in my game thanks to your videos.

    I have been having a problem with my iron game at times that is, when appeoaching a green using a 5,6,or 7iron, I have been chunking ball at times. I did have a video tip you had on line to correct this problem, but have lost it. Can you please relate this “correction tip”again?
    Thanks for your help. As an 82 year old, I delight in stricking the ball well and the young guys something to talk about!

    Mac

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Mac Clair McCurdy
      Mac I am sorry but I am not sure what tip you are describing that you liked so much. If anyone out there knows the tip Mac may be describing than please help him. Mac If you are a member of the insiders program then all the tips are in there organized by topics. Please let me know if you are an insider member.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  7. [Mac] Clair Mccurdy says:

    CJ, The tip I was referrring to was the one about the two types of fat shots video. Somehow it appeared again the other day and it was the one I had misplaced. Problem solved. Thanks for your efforts. send me some info about the insiders club, I missed that one. Did I mention that I’m getting old?

  8. Cam Caldwell says:

    CJ:

    I have just gone through four months of an attempted swing change because my PGA Golf Professional told me that I was not firing my hips early enough.

    It was HEQQ and my handicap has gone up four strokes (but my short game sucks as well, despite hours of practice).

    Your latest tip blows me away. Hogan’s book says “Fire the hips first.” My pro said, “Turn out that left foor 45 degrees. Fire those hips much faster!”

    I have been workin’ my ever lovin’ tail feathers off and am now hitting the ball further and straighter, but my scoring still is awful!!!!

    Your tip is blowing me away, however.

    Care to clarify?

    Cam

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Cam Caldwell,
      Thanks Cam for the blog post. First, Hogan’s book should have been written to himself. He use to hit big hooks and he did everything in his power to stop the hook. Unfortunately this is not most people’s problems. Slowing the hips down will help stop the slice so remember this is a tip and may not work for every single player, but since most people slice the ball this is a good tip.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

      • Cam Caldwell says:

        CJ:

        Unlike most golfers, I fight a hook — and I also dip at the ball which I have done for twenty years.

        I work so hard but am making very little progress. I do know that when my hands are too active my pulls and hooks get worse.

        My wife will video my swing and we will send it to you.

        Thanks for your help!

        Cam

  9. Gary Goetz says:

    Hi CJ,
    Will this tip help to drop the club into the slot?I hit the ball pretty straight which I’m happy with but wish I could hit a slight draw.

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Gary Goetz,
      Thanks Gary for the blog post. This tip will allow you to draw the ball more and drop the club into the slot.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  10. Don Byrne says:

    Hi, I’m an “oldie”, 74 years old and my golf handicap is blowing out, from 12-13 to now 17 and I can’t stop the progression that began after I suffered a left side frozen shoulder about 18 months ago. The shoulder has recovered but I’ve lost muscle bulk and strength. For example, where I used to hit a 5 iron around 150 metres and fairly straight, now I’m lucky to manage 120 metres rarely straight. Any suggestions on any exercises I can do and how I can adapt my golf swing to suit my current physical condition?
    Don

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Don Byrne,
      Thanks Don for the blog post. I would definitely recommend you find a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) trainer and get their opinion on your situation. They are trained for this and can assess your situation on a personal level.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  11. Gwen says:

    Bogey is hyperactive, but so cute, your love for her is super to watch.
    On the other side of the coin, my hips are too lazy, any drill?
    Is it first a lateral movement first, then a turn to left ( for R hand golfer)
    Thanks CJ

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Gwen,
      Thanks Gwen for the post and thank you for your comments about Bogey. In regards to your hips being slow you will need to focus on this in your swing. Make sure your left foot is flared out as this will help, but simply focus on getting your right foot off the ground quicker.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  12. Wyatt says:

    I just became a left leg below the knee amputee. I started golfing April 2012, lost my leg October 2012. The problem that I face a lot is hitting the ball fat or I will hit the ground 4 inches behind the ball. I have been told I need to stack all my weight on my front leg because its hard to transfer my weight.( I am right handed) any suggestions would help!

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Wyatt,
      Thanks Wyatt for the question. I would agree that you need to stack your weight left and also you need to move the ball back in your stance. Let me know if this helps.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  13. George Robinson says:

    Hi CJ. I’m a UK golfer 69 years of age playing of 13 was 8. The main reason for my hc increase is psycological. My problem is I can’t start my backswing, basically I’m stuck. When I do start the swing it is a slow difficult swing to the top and a fast lunge of a downswing. I have no problem with a practice swing, I’ts smooth and fluent. Tried loads of things to cure problem but none seem to work. Any ideas. Love your easy swing and the tips are great.
    George

    • CJ Goecks says:

      George Robinson,
      Thanks George for the blog question. I have two ideas for you. First, start with a forward press to get things moving. IF that doesn’t work then try whistling why you swing. If you can keep a constant whistle going thats good. IF you lunge your whistle will get louder and then you know. Let me know how this works for you.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  14. simon says:

    Hey CJ Simon here. I have to say thank you for the tip. I have been a victim of the hips for about four month now. Have been shanking and slicing it big on the course. Tried to fire the hip, sometimes it worked but I struggle to sync everything. Yesterday I went to the ranch and tried to delay the turn and my short distance were good. Will try the long irons and see what happens. Just one thing.. would it be ok if I mail my swing video to Damon for your attention?

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