Mattie watches a lot of golf swings on YouTube. She writes to me about those who have a hip grip and those who don’t. She suggests I write something about what she calls “the hip grip” and on Cornu tension and share it with the golf community. I have come up with this post in response to her suggestion.
The hip grip
The hip grip is the core. Everyone talks about the core. In this view, the view that Mattie wants me to share with you—the core is a grip at the hips. Just like the muscles in your hands make a grip, so do the muscles in your hips.
To get a hip grip your biology has to accomplish the physics of making a grip at the hip. Practically speaking, that is the ability to rotate around the axis that runs through your hips. You’re creating an axis of rotation out of thin air by establishing control of it. The muscles act in symphony to establish a grip, because a grip gives you the control you need to move. Or to stabilize.
The hip grip stabilizes your pelvis. Hold your palm up; make a grip. That same engagement of muscles making a grip happens at your hips. Your ability to make a grip in your hand is the same ability to make a grip at your hips. One is just a lot more subtle than the other!
So I would say Mattie wants me to tell you that the core everyone talks about is a grip at the hips.
Cornu tension comes from oppositional rotation between axes. Cornu tension gives you a sensation of alignment and more uniform usage of your muscles. The body has the ability to rotate around at least six different axes, “endpoints” if you will. The primary one is at the hips.
Everybody uses Cornu Tension to move, whether they know it or not. Cornu tension goes to the heart of our biology accomplishing the physics we need to move through space.
Students can usually find the feeling of Cornu tension from their ears to their shoulders first. Then, find it from their shoulders to their hips. Cornu Tension comes from the way you engage the muscles of your body, from oppositional rotation between axes in your body.
The Michael Miller Trademark identifies six axes of rotation your body is capable of establishing. In Cornu Tension, the rotation at the ears connects to the rotation at the shoulders and the rotation at the shoulders connects to the rotation at the hips. Cornu tension allows you to stretch your spine and hold it stable. That, I would think, would allow for a better more stable platform from which to accomplish other movement, like swinging a golf club.
When you teach you ask a person to think.
When you instruct you ask a person to do.
I teach for free; I sell the instructions.
Mattie wanted me to write about the hip grip and Cornu tension. And, I think she also wanted me to sell something. So, I’m selling the specific language I use to make Cornu tension between the ears and the shoulders. These instructions are well worn to give you the words so you don’t have to come up with them on your own. Ears to shoulders is the biggest step towards finding your way to Cornu tension throughout your body. For the word-for-word instructions on how to create Cornu Tension between your ears and your shoulders write to me at email@example.com.