Once You Start Your Downswing Wrong, You’re Toast!
Golfers work on so many different aspects of their golf swing in swing plane, grip, hip turn, while ignoring the fact that if you start your downswing in the wrong “sequence”, all the other work you’ve done is lost.
So many golfers are under the impression that the first move on the down swing is a transfer of weight or shifting to the front foot. Not true. I attended a clinic Chi Chi Rodriguez was giving and a person from the audience asked, “Chi Chi, when do you transfer your weight on the downswing?” Chi Chi said, “there is no transfer of weight on the downswing,” and the crowd made an ooohhh sound like on a missed putt at a tournament.
I was so relieved to hear it from someone else. Chi chi said he turns on the downswing, not shift. You might say that Chi Chi is an old timer like me and things have changed with the new long hitting youngsters of today’s tour. Well here’s a link to a video on Justin Thomas showing he has 93% of his pressure on his back foot at impact! Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXMLjljbWMo
The only thing that has changed is the golf clubs, the balls and the younger players of today are much better athletes than in earlier years. Bigger, stronger and faster club head speeds, period.
If you get the sequence of the downswing in proper order, than you can produce the maximum amount of golf club head speed for your capability. On tee shots, having a longer and lighter driver will help. After you max out on equipment fitting, you have to head for the gym for more club head speed.
For most senior golfers I suggest faster forearms. A lighter grip and a good rotating of the forearms through impact. A word of caution, starting with a weight shift to the front foot FIRST on the downswing will prohibit the forearms from rotating properly, add loft to the golf and consequentially cost you distance.
The feeling I get on the downswing, (remember as they say on tour “what you feel may bot be real”) is that I am pulling the butt of the golf club straight down to the ground not at the ball and the left cheek of my fanny is headed for my back foot.
Check out this video which explains exactly what I’m talking about….