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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Pelvic Thrust That Drives You Insane

Ok, please forgive me for the Rocky Horror Picture Show reference. (For my worldwide readers who may not be familiar with it, the Rocky Horror Picture Show is a science fiction / horror / musical comedy movie from the 1970s that has become a cult classic -- in fact, it's the longest-running theatrical release in film history (over 40 years) -- and the title of this post is a line from a song called The Time Warp. I'll include the YouTube video at the end of this post, in case you're interested.)

Anyway, the "pelvic thrust" I'm referring to is explained in this short video from and Golf Magazine Top100 Teacher Brady Riggs:

Please note that this is NOT a slide toward the target. It's an UPWARD thrust that helps finish your weight shift and hip turn as you hit the ball. Riggs says this will help you to hit it farther.

Martin Hall talks about this same movement, although he focuses on where your chest is facing. You may have heard him talk about the "Iron Man" move where -- if you were the superhero Iron Man -- the light on your chest would point slightly upward and above your target.

Brady Riggs describes this move as pushing your tummy up and toward the target at impact. This helps you get your weight on your lead side without sliding toward the target. (If you slide, this move will throw you off-balance.)

This is one of the better descriptions I've heard about how to get the correct weight shift and hip turn. Wish I'd been the one to think of it! If you learn to do this correctly, this is one part of your swing that shouldn't drive you insane anymore.

And -- as previously threatened -- here's The Time Warp. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is notorious for the number of future stars who appeared in it. Some of the actors you might recognize: The "normals" who stumbled into this madhouse are a very young Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon, and the narrator (the guy who keeps saying "It's just a jump to the left...") is Charles Gray, who played Blofeld in the James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever. And although they aren't in this clip, Tim Curry starred as the evil Dr. Frank N. Furter and even Meatloaf made an appearance.

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