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Downswing - What do pros feel?

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#1 ObieTrice5



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Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:55 PM

On the downswing I feel my hands attacking the ball. I am a handsy player that fights hooks and blocks.

What am I supposed to be feeling on my downswing? Lead shoulder? Arms dropping?

Give me something to focus on, please! What should I be attacking the ball with?

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#2 rocker40


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Posted 14 July 2012 - 06:48 PM

The hands follow my shoulder and arms. The hands are only along for the ride.


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Posted 14 July 2012 - 07:13 PM

Low single digit:
Hands also along for the ride. Left hip feels connected to my right shoulder by a strong bungie cord.
Feels like my left hip and torso muscles are pulling as far behind me as possible.


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Posted 14 July 2012 - 07:41 PM

low single here that plays with some pro friends from time to time.  One of the things they helped me with is the lag/tension feeling of the swing.  A drill they gave me that really helped my game a bunch is to feel like I turn my shoulder back and my hands stay in position for a split second....like I leave them in place and they are pulled by the tension of my core creating lag.  I get almost to the top and then switch direction with my core...this creates that same feeling as I move towards impact.  I have to concentrate on keeping my upper neck at the same level and feel the weight move to my left heel.  This really helped me and I started looking at a lot of the PGA guys and they seem to all do something similar to this.  The difference through impact is awesome feeling.  I believe there is a video of Mr. Hogan somewhere that shows him doing something similar.

I probably didnt do a good job of describing it...hopefully some others will be able to do it more justice.  Good luck to you.


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Posted 15 July 2012 - 11:54 AM

View Posthittindagreens, on 14 July 2012 - 07:13 PM, said:

Feels like my left hip and torso muscles are pulling as far behind me as possible.

Can you explain this a little more.


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Posted 15 July 2012 - 01:18 PM

I guess My left hip starts moving as far from the ball as possible. Followed by the left side of my body pulling directly away from the target. Just rotation.

Sometimes it feels exactly like an unfolding lawn chair.


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Posted 15 July 2012 - 01:36 PM

If you're fighting hooks and blocks you're coming into the ball too much from the inside and struggling to square the face.  Get your swing more in line with your body/set up and THINK LESS, especially about your hands and your release.  Shoot for a balanced, rhythmic swing to a full finish, and let the clubface timing and release mostly take care of itself.  You will have to find this exact timing for yourself.


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