Tom Tomasello, who,
applying the “golfing machine“ theory of Homer
Kelly, decisively influenced the development of modern golf
in the 70’s, repeatedly warned his students when carrying
out the back swing, not to swing higher than shoulder level.
Tom thought it was hardly possible for a “weekend golfer”
to master a controlled body rotation using a higher backswing.
Feeling the club head during the downswing does make it easier
for the learning player to position himself correctly to the
swing, using the right rhythm, but controlling body rotation
during the swing itself, was and is a major problem. 20 more
years had to pass until the HIPTURNER was invented.
The HIPTURNER and the active
Prof. Dr. Manfred Grosser,
the inventor of the “Universal Golf Learning System
(UGLS )”, was the first to recognize the meaning of
the HIPTURNER. Using this teaching
assistant, the golf student can, through using his peripheral
vision, rapidly and easily learn to turn into the swing with
the right rhythm. The HIPTURNER
is a much used learning assistant at the Hartl Golf Resort
Bad Griesbach, Germany.
>> Prof. Dr. Manfred Grosser
writes in his book “The Griesbach Method“
1/2: Attach the HIPTURNER well visible behind the
belt on the left side of the hip.
Comment on the HIPTURNER:
„It is a so called
repercussion free learning assistant which doesn’t constrict
nor impede the player in his movements. The great advantage
of the HIPTURNER is that the player has an
optical check of his hip rotation
during the backswing and especially during the downswing, without
predominately neglecting his concentration on feeling the pendulum
3/4: Pro Sebastian Lahmer, assistant director of
the Golf School at the Hartl Golf Resort, Bad Griesbach,
demonstrates the HIPTURNER.
The HIPTURNER and the passive hip-rotation-technique
Golf Digest presented the Stack & Tilt Swing, “The
New Tour Swing“, for the first time in 2008. It was developed
by Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett and proved to be a direct competitor
to the traditional swing technique. The hip is no longer the
power engine of the golf swing.
Juergen Bechler, inventor of the HIPTURNER and co-developer
of the CARVINGGOLF technique, recognized the importance of the
HIPTURNER when learning these modern techniques. Using the HIPTURNER,
the golfer can, without using special concentrational attentiveness
(which would distract from the feel of the swing), learn within
a short period of time to recognize and /or feel the passive
behaviour of the hip during the course of the swing. The HIPTURNER
is attached to the right side of the hip, under the belt, thereby
allowing the player through a tactile
feedback to induce a temporal slowdown in his rotation
If the player touches the HIPTURNER eg. during his downswing,
it shows that his hip rotation was too active.
>> The use of the HIPTURNER
allows the golfer to recognizes the following points/mistakes
5/6: The HIPTURNER is attached to the belt on the
right side of the hip in order to control the rotation
movement of the body during the downswing when using the
Stack & Tilt swing and the CARVINGGOLF technique.
active body rotation during the backswing
||an uncontrolled active
body rotation at the start of the downswing
||an uncontrolled active body rotation
during the follow through
The HIPTURNER shows even the slightest interruption of the pendulum
motion during the hip rotation in an all too obvious manner.
It is an extraordinarily effective feedback training device.
When training with a pro, the player will, within a short period
of time, learn the correct body movement to the swing, no matter
what method he uses, be it the Stack & Tilt swing or the
7: The HIPTURNER is an extraordinarily effective
tactile feedback training device. If the player touches
the HIPTURNER during the downswing, it shows that the
hip rotation was too active. Pro Thomas Thoeni, head CARVINGGOLF
instructor, demonstrates the HIPTURNER.
The HIPTURNER is a very simple, effective and inexpensive
assistant to learn, improve and stabilize the golf swing, no
matter what techniques are used, traditional or modern. The
HIPTURNER is priced at € 19,00 incl. VAT and available
at the Hartl Golf Resort in Bad Griesbach and at the CARVINGGOLF
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