Swing Tip – How to Swing with Your Body!
Last time I mentioned how you should be starting your downswing with the lower body. Well, the next step is to learning to swing with your body.
To do this, when you swing, you want to feel like every part of your body is moving “together”.
For example, when I swing my best, I feel that my belly button, legs, shoulders, arms, and hands are all moving together. This will feel together but in reality, your upper body will always be moving faster because they are on the most outer side of your centrifugal force.
There’s a very simple exercise you can do with a ball, perhaps a basketball or a medicine ball. (or even a basket)
Simply hold a basketball and turn the basketball to the right using your body, meaning your belly, shoulders, arms, and hands. You should be able to turn the basketball using the large muscles in your body. Your hands actually do nothing in the process except hold the ball.
Then turn the ball to the left using your body.
This is actually a great exercise also to build golf muscles if you use a medicine ball or a ball with some weight to it. (I used to use a bowling ball to do this too.)
Here’s some screenshots of how to do it right:
(Please don’t mind my outfit, this is my daily casual wear while I blog at home so…)
(Turn to the right, if you use your body to turn to the right, both of your hands would be facing 90 degrees away from your starting position. Now, this is crucial that you get it right. If you don’t do it right, you are not using your body to turn so hence beats the point of this exercise.)
(Turn back to the left like you are shaking hands with someone on the left.)
Doing this exercise 10 minutes daily can help you swing the golf club more with your body. The “feel” of this exercise is exactly how you should swing the golf club with your body, not with your hands or arms only.
By the way, you don’t have to do a full swing with this exercise, just focus on the body turn and really feeling BOTH of your shoulders turning. A lot of hackers and amateurs don’t turn BOTH of their shoulder, causing all kinds of havoc like banana slices and hooks. Plus, you LOSE a lot of your power if you don’t turn both of your shoulders.
Also try to really feel that your “belly button” is controlling the turn of your body. When you use heavier weight, that will also help build the correct abdominal golf muscles.
And lastly but not least, GO SLOW, the point of this exercise is to use your body, if you go fast, you will inevitably end up using your arms or hands, something we don’t want in our golf swings.
Also if you don’t have a ball to do it, you can use an imaginary ball. Perhaps you are at work and you want to practice swinging with your body.