In the golf swing, the First Move down should be one of unity. The upper and lower body arms need to have continuity to provide consistency and provide clubhead speed. This really separates the men from the boys. An average golfer can get everything right up to this point with a little practice. Now, You need to incorporate a dash of athleticism, and a dose of guts, finish it off.
So, now we are ready to start the downswing. You’ve arrived safely at the top and now you need to return to the bottom in one piece and with a little practice, we can even incorporate some good ole’ fashion clubhead speed!
Right Arm Begins to Straighten
Right Arm Unhinges
Right Arm Straight
Many people have written about this topic. As a matter of fact, it seems like every time anyone goes near this subject, the entire golf world throws the four letter word “cast” at you. The terms “cast” or “casting the golf club” were used in the 60’s and have escalated to the point where if you mention any other way of swinging the golf club down other than “pulling on the handle” or creating drag and creating a tight angle with your arms, the golf world is ready to pounce on you.
The good news, bad news is the terms “pulling on the handle” and “creating a tight angle” have kept me very busy for the past 25 years. If you are trying to practice the above mentioned phrases, I feel very confident you’ll end up hitting too many shots to the right. The ability to hit a golf ball squarely with the correct timing has more to do with how many hours you can dedicate to the game than it does with how hard you can pull on the handle of the golf club.
Your ability to create clubhead speed lies in the speed you can swing your hands, arms and golf club not in how fast you can pull the grip end of the golf club. Clubhead speed is created from you generating width in the right arm on its journey back to the golf ball.
Swinging just the hands, arms and golf club back to the golf ball with maximum clubhead speed independent of the lower and upper body is not the answer either. Swinging the golf club back to the golf ball on the correct path with maximum clubhead speed is the combination of the hands, arms and golf club swinging in conjunction with the lower body moving out of the way and the upper body turning back towards the target. The upper and lower body CANNOT swing independent of each other.
As the right arm begins to unhinge:
Left Hip Moves Towards Target
Left Hip Turns Out of the Way
Left Arm Long
When you moved the golf club back to the top of the backswing it swung back on an arc. The arc was slightly inside a straight line away from the target. The club has to swing inside and up on the arc. When the club passed 9:00 it has to start swinging up.
When you swung it up, the right shoulder turned back and out of the way, now as you swing the golf club back down, the right shoulder has to stay back as long as possible so the club can swing back down on the arc.
Arc in Downswing
Right Knee Turns Towards Target
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I hope you enjoyed this post on the First Move. Next week, we’ll be covering Downswing and finish it off with Impact to Finish!