Transition from Top of the Backswing to Downswing!

by Max on Friday, March 11th, 2011

Today I realized another importance of transition from top of the backswing to downswing.

You see, I am the type of golfer who nearly pauses at the top then precede to the downswing.

Well, I’ve tinkered back and forth between pausing and not pausing but today I naturally began to transition from the top of my backswing to downswing.

Actually most pro golfers do start their downswing just before their arms reach top of their backswing.   I just didn’t feel comfortable with it until today.

I have been really working hard lately on the transition, that specifically of my arms and hands “going for a ride” while my hips move weight back to my left side and turn.  I’ve also been working on creating a good “lag”.  This is because I have a tendency to slap at the ball with my hands at the last minute, causing very errant wild hooks.  This has probably cost me many tournaments.

I remember being on the 18th hole of an AJGA tournament when I was 16 years old, all I had to do was par the last hole to finish up in the Top 5.   Well, I proceeded to hit 3 nasty drives OB left, then switched to a 2-iron and finished with a score of 10 to fall completely off the leaderboard.

That was 15 years ago and I still remember being bummed out because up to that point I was couple under par.

These little things can ruin your round, that is why I have been working hard on the lag because it helps you to completely break your habit of using your hands near impact.

Anyways, to help that lag of mine, I found that simply starting your downswing a bit early with your hips does the job, creating enough torque between your lower body and the arms/hands, pretty much shutting any chance of wild hooks.

I know I went into detail here but this could potentially help those of you in similar situation.

UPDATE: Never mind, stop trying to pause or even trying to start your downswing before, just realized the day after that it doesn’t really matter all that much, it’s more important to maintain a good rhythm and the rest will happen naturally.

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One Response to “Transition from Top of the Backswing to Downswing!”

  1. Andrew Morton says:

    Totally agree. I did this last weekend and it works a treat for me. It also prevents me releasing early. You can use the analogy of how you throw a stone to skip over water. If you try this you will find that your legs/hips start to move forwards before your hand has reached it’s farthest rearward position. I also use a similar action to throw the club at the ball. Its a mix with a tennis forehand shot. Less effort but more distance and straighter. Check out Luke Donald on you tube!!! I did and was so glad to see him do it.

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