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The Symple Turn – A simplified lower body motion for the golf swing.

by Joe Davidson

“The Symple Turn”

A Simplified Lower Body Motion For The Golf Swing

Symple Golf is all about simplifying the golf swing thereby making it more efficient and more consistent. One of the key ways we have made the golf swing simpler is by using a “simplified lower body motion”. This is a less complicated method of turning the hips during the golf swing. The Symple Turn gives you a strong, stable base to make your “core turn” with your upper body.

Short Explanation

The Symple Turn is very simple to do. We’ll explain it below with a lot of words below but it boils down to this: Just keep your front knee relatively straight as you swing. Every thing else will happen naturally. As we say below the easiest way to learn the Symple Turn is by practicing the Back Heel Up Drill (see last paragraph below) The Back Heel Up Drill will teach you to keep the front leg straight and then you just let the the turning of the core (shoulders, chest & abdomen)  start pulling the back hip back (away from the from the ball) The Symple Turn requires much less timing and coordination than the traditional lower body action so far more people are successful with it. It will also dramatically reduce pulls.

Much Longer More Detailed Explanation

The “Symple Power Swing Lower Body Turn” is a less complex method of coordinating the movement of the legs, hips and torso. It also causes less stress on the body. Plus, it will instantaneously help in making solid crisp shots by reducing extraneous lower body motions. The biggest difference with the Symple Turn is keeping the front leg straight and NOT MOVING THE FRONT HIP TOWARD THE BALL IN THE BACKSWING.

When using the traditional swing, golfers try to rotate their hips around their spine. In order to turn their hips around their spine they have to bend their front knee which brings their front hip forward (toward the ball) sometimes straightening their back leg pushing their back hip away from the ball. While that does rotate the hips it means moving and coordinating a lot of body parts. That requires a lot of timing and practice.

The traditional lower body motion has problems because it tends to over rotate the hips. Over rotating the hips has been tolerated in the conventional swing because most everybody slices and the over rotation of the hips does help somewhat with getting the club face back to square at impact. Obviously with the Simple Swing PowerThumb grip slicing is no longer a problem because the PowerThumb grip keeps the club face square (by this we mean square to the swing plane) throughout the backswing and downswing.

Here’s how to make a Symple Power Swing Lower Body Turn

Stand up straight with feet a little wider than shoulder width. Then lock your front leg straight. (we normally do not “lock” the front leg we just keep it straight but when trying to learn the correct motion it’s okay to lock the front knee back) Your back knee is stays bent at address and through the backswing and downswing. Next pull the back hip back away from the ball. As you pull the back hip away from the ball (keeping the front leg locked straight) the front hip should act as pivot point or hinge. Practice this turning a number of times feeling the pivot point of the front hip. Do this a number of times turning your upper body with your hips. Then do it a few more times and don’t turn the upper body much at all, just turn your hips. Next, then get in your address position and try that lower body motion a few more times just as you would in your swing.

Here’s the Symple Turn sequence.
1. Begin the swing by turning the upper torso (chest and shoulders) around the spine.
2. Then let the turning of the upper torso PULL THAT BACK HIP AWAY FROM THE BALL. (Your front hip moves just slightly towards the ball it just becomes the pivot point (or hinge) which allows you to turn your back hip away from the ball.)
3. On the downswing your back hip just comes back towards the ball. The lower body motion starts the downswing.
(NOTE: We recommend beginning the backswing by turning your core (shoulders, chest & abdomen) because that’s where your power comes from and we want to make sure we get it turning. It is possible to start the swing with by pulling the back hip away from the ball but then you have to really concentrate on turning your core later in your backswing. Starting the backswing by moving the back hip away from the ball will work but it’s not the recommended way to start the swing.)

SO NOW WE HAVE THE UPPER BODY TURNING AROUND YOUR SPINE AND THE LOWER BODY TURNING AROUND THE FRONT HIP AS A PIVOT POINT.

To put this another way here is WHAT YOU DON’T WANT TO DO:

Don’t bend your front knee and move your front hip towards the ball to begin your backswing. The problem with bending the front knee and moving the front hip toward the ball on the backswing is that you have to straighten the knee and move the front hip back away from the ball on the downswing. It’s when you have to move the front hip back (on the downswing) that most people wind up over rotating that front hip and opening that hip up (moving it past square and back away from the ball). That opens the hips up too much, pulling the shoulders open and causing either a pull or a slice (depending on the position of the club head at impact).

If you do “rotate your hips around the spine” as in the conventional swing that means you have to coordinate the motions of the front hip, front leg, rear hip and rear leg. With the Symple Turn the hinge or rotation point is your front hip so you only really have to move the back hip and back leg. Again the main thing we’re trying to do is create a stable base for the upper body (shoulders, chest & abdomen) to provide the power for the swing.

Don’t just turn your back hip away (turning your core WITH your hips) and then swing with your arms. That motion might be necessary if you have serious back problems but you would be sacrificing significant power. Your power comes from your core so you should see your bellybutton turn a little (from square with your hips), your chest turns a little more and your shoulders turn a little more than that.

Benefits of the Symple Turn

1. Gives you “Synchronized Power” Automatically.
Because you start turning your core (shoulders, chest & abdomen) first, this makes you make a full turn giving you a bigger arc with your backswing. Your core will just automatically turn right body parts at the right time. This “simple sequencing” makes the Symple Turn much more powerful than any other way of turning.

2. Reduces The Tendency To Arm Swing
Because you start your swing by turning your core (shoulders, chest & abdomen) you automatically make a bigger more powerful turn than normal reducing the tendency to lift the club with your arms.

3. Reduces Pulls
Making a Symple Turn makes it much less likely that the front hip will open prematurely on the downswing causing an Outside-To-Inside swing path resulting in a pull or a hook. Because you are NOT turning the front hip forward during the first part of your backswing (or not very much) then you don’t have the need to “turn the front hip back to square” which is often the beginning of the motion that opens the front hip too soon in the swing pulling the shoulders to the left (for a right handed golfers) causing a pull.

4. Makes it easier to keep the front leg straight
Since the front hip doesn’t move towards the ball it’s now much easier to keep the front leg straight. This reduces the tendency to move the body up and down which can cause fats shots and topped shots.

5. Gives you a much more consistent repeatable swing.
The Symple Turn is a much easier motion to do so it’s makes your swing much more consistent. Fewer parts of your body are moving so it’s easier to coordinate.

The bottom line is the Symple Lower Body Turn will allow you to hit the ball longer, more accurately and much more consistently.

Learning the Symple Turn

THE EASIEST WAY TO LEARN THE SYMPLE TURN IS TO PRACTICE THE BACK HEEL UP DRILL http://simplegolf.com/blog/full-swing/back-heel-up-drill/ The Back Heel Up Drill will help you keep the front leg straight and it will help you learn to post or brace into the front leg.

Joe Davidson
Simple Golf

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Thomas Lo

Hi Joe ,
A very good explanation of keeping the front leg straight. But I have a few questions on this subject:

1. A straight front leg will restric the back swing to a full turn , thus reduce the stored power;

2. How to distribute the weight at adress and on the completion of the back swing. Any weight shift?

3. What is the sequence of the down swing:
A: Shift the weight back to the front hip by moving the front hip towards the target;
B: From the ground up; or
C: From turning the back hip towards the ball; or
D: From turning the lower back, then the upper back,then the front shoulder, then the arms, then the wrists; then the hands, and lastly the club towards the target.
4. As the down swing is in a fraction of a second, and most golfers are so anxious to HIT the ball, it is extremely difficult to control the different parts of the body to perform the above mentioned sequences. Do you have any Symple Method to symplify the down swing sequence.

Sincerely,

Thomas Lo

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Joe Davidson

You asked:
“A very good explanation of keeping the front leg straight. But I have a few questions on this subject:
1. A straight front leg will restric the back swing to a full turn , thus reduce the stored power;
2. How to distribute the weight at adress and on the completion of the back swing. Any weight shift?
3. What is the sequence of the down swing:
A: Shift the weight back to the front hip by moving the front hip towards the target;
B: From the ground up; or
C: From turning the back hip towards the ball; or
D: From turning the lower back, then the upper back,then the front shoulder, then the arms, then the wrists; then the hands, and lastly the club towards the target.
4. As the down swing is in a fraction of a second, and most golfers are so anxious to HIT the ball, it is extremely difficult to control the different parts of the body to perform the above mentioned sequences. Do you have any Symple Method to symplify the down swing sequence.”
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1. I don’t agree that a straight leg will restrict your backswing and I absolutely positively don’t agree that will reduce your power.
2. There is not a weight shift per se but there is a force shift into the posted front leg. The best way to learn the swing is to start by practicing the Back Heel Up Drill http://simplegolf.com/blog/full-swing/back-heel-up-drill/ You learn to post into the front leg by doing the back heel up drill. You can even play that way. After you are confident with the back heel up you can increase the weight at address on the back leg and you’ll increase your power.
3. See http://simplegolf.com/blog/full-swing/the-progressive-backswing-synchronize-power/ for an explanation of downswing sequence.
4. Yes. The easiest way to simplify the downswing is to do the one arm drill. http://simplegolf.com/blog/full-swing/drills-full-swing/one-arm-drill/ That will help you learn to swing the club (rather than hit the ball). If you just concentrate on swinging the club the sequences happen automatically.

Joe Davidson
Simple Golf LLC
http://www.SimpleGolf.com
203-794-4900

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Thomas Lo

Hi, Joe,

I add the following question:

What is the function of the Hips :
A: To support the turning of the torso, or
B: To restrict its turning to create more power by increase the X factor during the back swing, or
C: By opening the hips to clear space for the hands to hit the ball at impact, or
D: To generate power from the hips to drag the torso turning towards the target during the down swing.

Sincerely,

Thomas Lo

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Joe Davidson

Hi Thomas,

You asked:
“What is the function of the Hips :
A: To support the turning of the torso, or
B: To restrict its turning to create more power by increase the X factor during the back swing, or
C: By opening the hips to clear space for the hands to hit the ball at impact, or
D: To generate power from the hips to drag the torso turning towards the target during the down swing.”
A&B. The hips main function is to support the turning of the torso. Symple Swing will by design increase your x-factor because we encourage the use of the big muscles of the torso.
C. The opening of the hips is not specifically to make space for the hands. It does help make an on-plane backswing.
D. See http://simplegolf.com/blog/full-swing/the-progressive-backswing-synchronize-power/ for a more detailed explanation of the sequences backswing and downswing.

Joe Davidson
Simple Golf LLC
http://www.SimpleGolf.com
203-794-4900

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Jerry Perrich

Excellent description. Thank you.

Idea – stick figures that demonstrate the correct motions? Might be easier to understand if animated figures, with voiceover, demonstrated the moves.

Jerry

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david lindsey

thanks for the email – i like getting info from symple golf. I bought several of the instructional dvd’s and have watched them a lot. I am able to use the method well on short chips/pitches but still cannot get off the tee or use the full swing. Probably doing a lot of things wrong. Maybe next year I can get some lessons to help out. I still play golf at my local city 9 hole courses for the exercise ( I am diabetic) but have gone back to my GGA swing for the full swing. I really do want to learn the Symple Golf method but had to quit trying on the full swing because I was doing it wrong and could not get a ball down the fairway. I still think the method is the best for me and will try again when it warms up some.

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Joe Davidson

Hi David,,
Sorry for the delay in replying. I’d be happy to review a video of your swing. If you have access to a digital still camera take some video clips of your swing and e-mail them to me. Tape a couple of swings from behind the ball (facing the target) and from the other side of the ball (facing you) If you have a video camera and you can get the file into a computer you can send large files to me by using http://www.pando.com or YouSendIt.com. You can also upload small or medium sized files by using our http://simplegolf.com/helpdesk/
Joe Davidson
Simple Golf LLC
http://www.SimpleGolf.com
203-794-4900

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George Kenney

With a lot of practice, the game has improved. Turning my shoulders 1st and using the core with my lower body still has decreased the score by 15. Spreading the knees is a big help. I cannot use the whole Symple method due to a L5 and sciatic problem which has less problems with your swing. Chipping is much easier now. The Symple putter is great with practice, of course. I have been 2 putting when across the green. I really appreciate your support on the internet. Thank you for your support.

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macleod

On the core turn, do the shoulders remain level or is there a slight downward movement of the front shoulder.

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Joe Davidson

Because your spine angle is tilted way from the target (and also toward the ball) there is a slight drop of the front shoulder during the backswing. Yes there is a slight drop but it should feel almost like the front shoulder is coming straight back.

I hope this answers your question. If it doesn’t please feel free to ask again.

For future questions about the backswing or any questions at all about Symple Swing please feel free to submit the questions through our Simple Golf helpdesk system at http://www.SimpleGolf.com/helpdesk You can submit a question there even if you’re not a customer (at least not yet). That’s actually the quickest way to ask a question and get a prompt response because everything is tracked. I get so much e-mail (most of it spam) that sometimes I can miss an e-mail but that doesn’t happen with the helpdesk. You can also call me directly at 203-794-4900.

Joe Davidson
Simple Golf

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Jerry Cailotto

Do you have videio showing how you do this swing?

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Simple Joe (Joe Davidson)

Jerry,

You can see our DVDs of the swing at http://www.simplegolf.com/order_page3.htm

Joe Davidson
Simple Golf

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