Just like inflammable and flammable have the same meaning, the concept of anti-rotation is completely counterintuitive to golfers…until now.
Rotation Gets All The Girls
Why have we heard so little about anti-rotation?
Let me ask you this: who is the lead singer of the Rolling Stones? Now, name the drummer…
…most of us can’t do it because lead singers get all of the attention (by the way, it’s Charlie Watts).
We all want better rotation because it’s an obvious, front-and-center part of our swing. But the unsung hero of the band is the guy in the back keeping us stable.
The Difference Between Rotation And Anti-Rotation
Rotation comes from a twisting range of motion. Easy, right?
Anti-rotation keeps you stable and prevents unwanted motion while you swing. Huh?
Think about twisting a cap off a bottle of water.
Holding the bottle in your left hand and twisting counter-clockwise with your right hand. It’s really easy because the bottle doesn’t move, hence excellent anti-rotation.
Now try that same thing, but instead of holding the bottle in your hand, you unscrew the cap with it sitting on a countertop. Not quite as easy, right? The entire bottle wants twist along with the cap.
In your swing, your body is naturally trying to pull you out of position, but that’s when bad things happen to your scorecard.
And THAT is why anti-rotation is so important.
So, Now What?
Even though it does seem counterintuitive to train to resist rotation, strengthening those core muscles allows you to strengthen those “other” rotational muscles that generate acceleration and deceleration.
Again, golf is mysteriously a game of opposites.
In the video, I’ll take you through a few of the best exercises you can use to help anchor your swing.
Note: please do not take “anti-rotation” literally. We are very pro-rotation and preach the need to strengthen both in order to have a stable, balanced and consistent swing.