THE REVERSE SPINE TILT
Something not well known is reverse spine tilt, which might sound like reverse pivot, but is not the same. A reverse pivot occurs when you get to the top of your backswing and most of your weight is on your left side.
Reverse spine tilt is when you shift weight correctly to the top of the turn, but your spine leans backwards, towards the target. This places stress on the spine, and is the #1 cause of lower back pain in golfers (according to the Titleist Performance Institute).
In the photos, I’ve used a shaft against my spine to illustrate just how my upper body/spine is tilting back towards the target at the top of my turn even though my weight has shifted correctly onto my right side. That’s what we call a reverse spine tilt. On the right I’ve rotated correctly, with the shaft/spine angle mirroring the position I started in at address. It’s a healthier position and will help better sequencing and weight transfer going forward, not to mention better ball-striking and consistency.