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April 2011

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What is a Reverse Pivot? LeeHarrington

A reverse pivot occurs when the head and upper body tilt toward the target in the backswing and the weight shifts onto the front foot rather than the back foot. This is the exact opposite of what should happen. Since your weight falls away from the target during a reverse pivot, it’s difficult to finish balanced and on the front foot at the end of the swing (see picture 1).

Reason 1

Firstly this can happen when you try to keep the club face pointing at the ball through the entire backswing. When you start your takeaway trying to keep the clubface pointed at the ball, the only way to complete the swing is to raise the arms, thus pulling the left shoulder and head down going into a reverse pivot.

Fix 1

The club face does not point at the ball in your takeaway - the club face must slowly fan open in the takeaway. At the position where the club is pointing parallel to the ground (see picture 2) you can check to see if the toe of the club is pointing straight up to achieve these proper angles.

Reason 2

Time and time again you have been told that you are 1) swaying or 2) to keep your head still. This often leads to you standing still and results in no rotation and improper weight shift in your golf swing. As a result, no body rotation means you must use your

Picture 1: a Reverse Pivot

Picture 2: Check that the club’s toe is pointing straight up

Picture 3: A correct position

arms only to swing. An arms only swing equals a reverse pivot.

ball. A good, upper-body pivot will naturally shift your weight onto your right leg without a conscious effort to do so. Now you’re in a powerful position and poised to deliver the club on plane (see picture 3). Contact your local PGA Professional or Coach for assistance: Your golfing partners mean well when they

say “keep your head down” or “don’t sway” but these negatives do not fix your golf swing. Often these comments can lead to even bigger swing faults. This is a real good reason “NOT” to listen to their advice but to instead get a lesson. Be advised by a pro on any swing issues to give you positive thoughts and fixes to play and practice with.

Fix 2

To correct a reverse pivot you must get out of you mind that you have to stand still over the ball. The golf swing requires a weight shift and rotation back (think of your body winding up like a spring) and then uncoiling to create power on the downswing and through impact. Allow your chin to rotate slightly away from the target. This allows the left shoulder to turn under the chin and your upper body to coil into the correct position behind the golf


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Lee Harrington is a PGA Member and is also the Development Officer at Golf Queensland. Her passion for teaching and an eye for detail is recognised in her reputation as a leading female teacher in Australia. Lee’s experience in teaching provide a basis for programs delivered The Golf School, a Queensland-based teaching facility. Lee teaches at both the Gold Coast Carrara and Oxley facility weekly. Email:, or phone (07) 5596 3373.




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Reverse pivot - Harrington  
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