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The Lower Quarter Rotation Test

Tue May 28, 2013 by Dr. Greg Rose

Test Objective for the Lower Quarter Rotation Test

This is a good way to measure the rotational mobility of the lower quarter. Hip and tibial internal/external rotation and foot inversion/eversion are essential for a proper golf swing. The hip, tibia and foot coil and load on the trail leg during the backswing and rotate and post in the lead leg during the downswing. There is potential for excessive lateral motion in the golf swing (sway and slide) anytime a golfer finds restrictions in the lower quarter.

How to Perform the Lower Quarter Rotation Test

Have the player put all their weight on one leg and bend the other knee, placing the toe on the ground next to the leg being tested,. Have the player place their hands on their hips and try to rotate as far as possible in both directions. Make sure the player keeps the down foot pointing forward and all of the weight on the down leg. This forces the player to rotate only around the down leg. Repeat on the other leg and compare. Look for at least 60 degrees of pelvic rotation bilaterally.



  • Frank Conijn

    According to a video by the ESPN Sports Science team, on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvEzEYl0Re0, the average Tour pro turns his hips only 45 degrees in the backswing (the av. amateur 50 degrees). Why would we then have to look for at least 60 degrees of pelvic rotation?

  • Bret Douglas

    OK, I failed. Now what? How do I increase my lower quarter rotation?

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