Completing The Back And Through Swing
In the last post, I talked about what the club does from waist high on the backswing to waist high on the through swing. What’s important to remember from that article that applies to this article is I stressed that the clubface must remain square throughout the swing in relation to your chest.
Getting the club to waist high on the backswing should be done almost entirely with upper body rotation. The lower body should stay as quiet as possible. There should be a definite separation of the upper body and lower body at the top of the backswing. Creating this separation, and then knowing what to do with it is one of the major keys to creating clubhead speed and ultimately maximum distance. Try to get the club to the top of your backswing with as little lower body movement as possible. There will be some movement, but try to limit it.
As I said, getting the club to waist high on the backswing should be done by rotating the upper body. Therefore, the triangle that is formed by the arms and chest at address should remain in tact until the club is at waist high.
At that point, the right arm should start to bend at the elbow and wrist to the top of the backswing. The right arm, along with the club, should form 3 sides of a square at the top of your backswing, with the thumb of your right hand and the club pointing down (parallel to) your target line. Not having the club get completely to the parallel position is OK, but going beyond parallel is very hard to be consistent with. The left arm should remain as straight as possible.
Try to make sure that the back of your right hand is not bowed at the top. You can accomplish this by making sure that when the toe of the club is facing the sky at waist high on your backswing, that the clubface doesn’t rotate any more from that point to the top of your backswing.
The left knee at this point should be pointing toward the golf ball or just in back of it, while the left shoulder should be over the golf ball. Remember, you want to separate your lower body from your upper body as much as possible. The best example I can give you of what you are trying to accomplish by doing this is, if you remember the balsa wood airplanes with the rubber bands that you would wind up to make them fly. The more you wound it up, the more torque was created and the faster the propeller would turn, and the farther it would fly. The seperation of your upper and lower body create torque. I will talk about this more in my next lesson.
When the club reaches waist high on the through swing, the triangle formed by the arms and chest that I talked about on the backswing should return with the toe of the club facing the sky. At this point, the left arm should begin to bend at the elbow and wrist until you reach a finish position. The right arm will also bend slightly at the elbow and wrist. The clubface however should not rotate any more beyond waist high.
Practice these positions at a slow speed so you can see and feel what is supposed to happen. In my next post, I will talk about what the body is supposed to do during the swing. If you’ve understood and practiced what has been written up until now, after my next article you’ll soon be generating a ton of clubhead speed with hardly any effort at all.
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