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In this video, I give you the appropriate foundation for transitioning from the backswing to the downswing correctly. Hope this helps!

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  1. stephenf

    Dec 4, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Hate to nitpick, but this isn’t nitpicking: It really isn’t a matter of “torso then arms,” or “torso then arms then club.” In a good swing the arms are swinging across the front of the body as the upper body turns back toward the ball. This is seen in the swing of _every_ great player in how the arms are swinging down at a rate actually outpacing the turn of the body on the downswing — increasing distance between hands and trailing shoulder, etc. I’m not sure anybody’s improved much on John Jacobs’ ideas of how this happens, and how it’s typically the single most critical thing in the development of any player — learning to feel the timing of the arm-and-club swing and how it relates to the turn of the upper body, how the arms swing by the body as it turns, etc.

    But the “think target” advice — as in, swing to the target, and only _through_ the space the ball happens to occupy (not _to_ it) — is critically important and will improve many swings just on the strength of that thought alone.

    So yeah, the torso has to move. It’s dynamic. Torso and shoulders have to move. But it’s not torso-then-arms. In fact, if the torso and shoulders drag the arms around, it’s completely destructive to a swinging motion.

    Put another way, all the insanity about “rotation rotation ROTATION” these days is way too much emphasis. The truth is that the turn (or rotation) adds some degree of power, but not nearly as much as people think it does, and increasing “rotation” for somebody who’s already dominating the swing too much with the upper body and shoulders, and who’s likely already getting steep and outside, is just going to kill the swing.

    Not saying that’s what Alastair is advocating here. I’m talking about if people misunderstand the “sequence” (it’s not 100% of one thing followed by 100% of another) and overemphasize rotation in general. For anybody who hasn’t seen it already, the club-throwing exercise described by Fred Shoemaker in Extraordinary Golf is essentially the same as you see here, but with high-handicap amateurs who, when put to the throw-the-club-to-the-target task, pretty much instantly lose many of their flaws and take on a real swinging motion. It’s something to see in photos, and it’s good to see the same principle addressed here.

  2. geohogan

    Nov 5, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    If we understand the kinematic sequence, then we will know that it is the deceleration of the arms
    that is the CAUSE of the acceleration of the golf club. It is not a conscious throwing of the trail arm or straightening of the right arm or a flick of the trail hand.

    The power from body rotation is transferred from proximal to distal(deceleration of proximal causing acceleration of distal) until the clubhead is whipped by radial acceleration, through the wrists acting as free hinges. What is commonly called release is actually the acceleration of club lever as a reaction to, a result of, deceleration of the arms.

  3. geohogan

    Nov 4, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Begin the DS with a throw and the club will be buried in the ground behind the ball. That has been a fact since time immemorial. Its basis is in our genes. Scoff at genetics at your peril.

    Genetics control the hands, unless we make the conscious effort to interfere with that genetic
    predisposition to OTT. Palm facing the sky at start of DS, worked for Ben Hogan and it will work for everyone in the same way, for the same reasons.

  4. geohogan

    Nov 4, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    The Throw starts at P6(club parallel to the ground), not from the start of the DS.

    From top of DS (aka transition), intent has to be to keep the palm of dominant, trail hand facing the sky.

    The balance of the DS happens too quickly(less than 1/4 second)for conscious control.

    With dominant, trail hand palm facing the sky as intent at top of DS, the arms will fall(gravity move) positining club, arms and hands for the throwing position at P6. The throw, like skipping a stone and the side arm throw from short to second base happens whenever the dominant palm is facing the sky.

    Ref. The Hogan Manual of Human Performance: GOLF, 1992

    • Tiger Noods

      Nov 4, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      Ben Hogan was a good golfer, and the first person really able to describe things in a publishable manner. That doesn’t mean things don’t get honed and improved. There were people good at golf that would have scoffed at that newcomer Hogan, too.

      • geohogan

        Nov 5, 2018 at 1:05 pm

        Arguably Ben Hogan was the best ball striker we have seen. This is not my opinion, but judgement of many of the best golfers in history.

        “People good at golf” are a dime a dozen and their opinions mean nothing, unless backed by facts. False equivalency is a weapon of the articulate these days.

      • Tartan Golf Travel

        Nov 5, 2018 at 6:16 pm

        I will have to save you lost all credibility when you said “Ben Hogan was good at golf”. I guess that’s a step up from so so but that has to be the biggest understatement in history.

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