Sway In The Golf Swing

A ‘sway’ in a golf swing is any excessive lower body sideways movement away from the target during the back-swing. This sideways movement forces the golfer’s weight to the outside of their back foot and as a result makes it very difficult to develop a proper weight shift during transition and the downswing. Without proper weight shift, golfers will lose the ability to generate optimal power in their swing.

Physical Causes of Sway in the golf swing:

Several characteristics must be developed in order to not ‘sway’ during the back-swing:

– For a right handed golfer, right hip internal rotation is vital for full rotation into the right hip without any lateral (sideways) sway. If the body is unable to rotate around the right hip due to joint or muscular restrictions, lateral movements will most likely occur.

– The ability to separate the upper body from the lower body allows the lower body to laterally stabilise while rotating during a large shoulder turn. Limited thorax-to-pelvis separation is usually caused by reduced spinal mobility and shortened Latissimus Dorsi flexibility.

– The ability to laterally stabilise the front leg during the back-swing is directly proportional to the strength and stability of the gluteal muscles. These muscles are paramount in ensuring a stable pelvis during such an aggressive load into the right hip for a right handed golfer.

If you think you may Sway in your golf swing then this is best evaluated by our TPI Physical Screening. So come and see Bonnie (TPI certified) at Bend + Mend in Sydney’s CBD for a Golf Physiotherapy Assessment and TPI Physical Screen.


Bonnie Broomfield

About Bonnie Broomfield

Bonnie graduated in 2013 from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Masters of Physiotherapy. Born and raised in Sydney, she loves her sport, particularly Netball, and is always keen to try new sports and other outdoor activities - her latest being Golf with her Golf Pro fiancé. Bonnie has a special interest in Women's Health and has completed post graduate courses through the Women's Health Training Associates (WHTA). Bonnie has also progressed her learning and skills with courses in Clinical Pilates, including Matwork, Equipment and Pre and Post Natal Pilates, Titleist Performance Institute Certification Level 1, Sports Level 1 and Dry Needling. She is passionate about helping people get back in control of their own bodies and reach their goals through using both manual therapy techniques and exercise.

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