START WITH A SMOOTH BACKSWING

A crucial juncture in the swing is the change of direction between the end of the backswing and the start of the downswing. If the transition is smooth and controlled, chances are the downswing will click and the shot will be straight. A fast, jerky change of direction at the top almost invariably leads to a poor downswing and a mishit or misdirected shot.

 


START DOWN SMOOTH

The pace of the downswing begins with a smooth, even motion; not a jerk with the hands that might pull the clubhead down on an outside-in path, causing a pull or slice, or snapping the clubface closed before impact, causing a duckhook. Again, think of starting the downswing with your legs, then following with your back and shoulders. Wait to hit hard with your hands until they've passed below shoulder level, then go ahead and release them.

Broom Drill:

To promote a smooth transition, practice swinging a broom. The weight and aerodynamics of the broom's end make it nearly impossible to swing fast, so the change of direction at the top is guaranteed to be even and deliberate. Then duplicate that same controlled motion with a club.

You don't hit the ball with your backswing, so it doesn't make sense to swing back fast. The backswing sets the body in a coiled position, storing energy for the downswing, and the hands, arms and club in the right places to promote a good downswing path.

The position at the top of the backswing is similar to that of a baseball batter at the plate -- he doesn't make a backswing; he starts from the "top."

To slow down a fast backswing, concentrate on getting the club to the top using your legs, back and shoulder muscles -- not arms and hands. Bring the club back to a slow, controlled stop at the top, not a hard, abrupt halt. It may help to incorporate a split-second pause before starting the downswing. When you do begin to swing down, always initiate the action with the lower body.

 

MAKE A SMOOTH TRANSITION

 

A crucial juncture in the swing is the change of direction between the end of the backswing and the start of the downswing. If the transition is smooth and controlled, chances are the downswing will click and the shot will be straight. A fast, jerky change of direction at the top almost invariably leads to a poor downswing and a mishit or misdirected shot.

 


START DOWN SMOOTH

 

To promote a smooth transition, practice swinging a broom. The weight and aerodynamics of the broom's end make it nearly impossible to swing fast, so the change of direction at the top is guaranteed to be even and deliberate. Then duplicate that same controlled motion with a club.

 

 

 

 

 

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