There’s nothing better than knowing exactly how to “feel” the downswing or the follow-through. Most golfers end up manipulating the crap out of their downswing and follow-through (even myself at times) that they have no chance of hitting the golf ball squarely on the center of the clubface.
So, how does the correct downswing and follow-through feel like?
There should be absolutely no manipulations of your hands, shoulders, stomach, thighs, and legs.
You should feel like there’s a central core that moves everything. Think of it this way, imagine your hand holds 5 yoyos and at the top of your backswing, each of the yoyos represent your hands, shoulders, stomach, thighs, and legs. Now, since the 5 yoyos are attached to a string, how will you move your body so that you can swing the 5 yoyos through while keeping the string taut?
The only way you can do that is by swinging with your body or having a “feel” that there’s a central core (somewhere inside your chest like the middle of your chest) swinging the 5 yoyos.
In other words, in a correct downswing, there’s absolutely no “tension” if any of your body parts that are controlled by your central core.
There’s a lot of golf teachings out there that teach you to swing “inside-out”. Now, this isn’t something you can do by manipulating your body, it’s only result of going through the correct golfing motions.
*Note – Swinging inside-out has more to do with the rhythm of your swing than mechanics. I will have more on this later.
So, stop trying to much when you are following through, and let your hands, shoulders, stomach, thighs, and legs turn naturally through the shot.
One swing thought I use often to let this natural process happen is to simply think of transferring my body weight to my left foot (while keeping everything else passive). What this does is get me in the correct downswing motion with the lower body while preventing manipulation of my upper body.
I know, sometimes the golf swing is a lot simpler than you think, just think “transfer weight and turn your whole body onto your left foot” and let everything else follow. This also means you can/should “feel” that your hands are light while doing so. Keeping your hands light will keep your shoulders, stomach, thighs, and legs light and prevent them from manipulating your downswing and follow-through.
Well, if you get confused, just remember my last paragraph I’ve outlined in bold and make sure you try it next time you are on the range or the golf course.