What’s the Right Down Swing Sequence?

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….

If You Think You’re Too Old…..You’re Wrong!

If You Think You’re Too Old…..You’re Wrong!

Had a student today that was 81 years old! He was great fun too! Great shape for his age and wanted some more distance. Don’t we all! Well he thought that by turning his chest more he could create more energy and hit it further. Unfortunately for him and fortunately for me, (because he finally got frustrated and called me) the exact opposite medication was in order.

In fact, he would probably hit the ball further if he stayed perfectly still and flailed at it with his arms and hands. I gave me the “swoosh” drill which will get his arms going and help him release the hands at impact better. I also lightened his grip and he began to hit the ball higher and further right on the spot.

He is a veteran of the Army 101 Airborne division. I’m not using his name without his permission but I can tell you that gentlemen like him is what made our country great. I pray that we can continue to have great Americans willing to defend freedom at all costs.

You can see the “shwoosh” drill by going to http://www.bobbylopezgolf.com/dev/images/Drills/woosh_drill.wmv

You can always reach me at 804.378.7456