Posts Tagged ‘top of backswing’

Transition from Top of the Backswing to Downswing!

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.

Feeling of “Light Hands” at the Top of Your Backswing!

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

One fo the best swing thoughts that have worked for me regardless of how I am swinging over the years is “lights hands” at the top of your backswing.

Having “light hands” at the top of your backswing can help you do one very important thing right.  By having your hands light at the top of your backswing, you will easily be able to start the downswing with your lower body instead of jerking it with the hands or the arms.   You will probably have more clubhead speed too because your arms  are not inhibited by your hands being too “tight”.

Being too “tight” with your hands is one of the worst things you can do in golf although that might be the right way to swing a baseball bat.

So next time, try this simple tip, feel as if your hands are barely holding the golf club at the top of your backswing.  All the things I’ve been mentioning about swinging with your body, the hip slide/turn and starting the swing with the lower body, this simple tip will help you accomplish that.