As I have mentioned, using the Large Muscles to control your golf swing will greatly improve your miss-hits, direction and distance. This leads to better scoring. Now, what I mean by using the large muscles is, on the backswing the Shoulders wind first while the hips resist… then once the shoulders have gone as far as they can, the hips are eventually pulled over a little by the shoulders. The hips never move on their own on the backswing… Then on the downswing, (the opposite happens) the Hips totally take over and lead the show unwinding and turning and pull the arms and club through to the finish.
I have found, that some individuals like to think of this “Hips leading the Downswing” as a “Pulling” from their left side (right handed golfer) and some like to think of “Pushing” or “Firing” from their right side. They are both great thoughts as long as it starts with the hips turning (not sliding).
For those of you who have been mislead to think that the arms start from the top, or the shoulders start unwinding first… You would never see a pitcher throw a ball with out taking a step, unwinding his hips first, then shoulders, then arm. It is exactly the same with the golf swing.
The gist of this post is to get you to think the “Hips” start and continue leading the downswing… whether it is your left hip unwinding and pulling or your right hip firing or BOTH working together. Just find what works for you, practice, keep your hands quiet and passive and enjoy consistent golf… Ross
… now for the “Question” … “Am I using the “Large Muscles” correctly and completely or do I still need some work?” The answer lies in your Finish.
I have watched tens of thousands of swings teaching over the years. I can tell you how someone will finish before they swing (by their setup). But the one thing almost every golfer does the moment the ball leaves the club face is… STARE AT THE BALL AND FOLLOW IT AND NOT PAY MUCH ATTENTION TO WHAT THEIR BODY IS DOING AT THAT POINT. Most golfers can not hold their finish and are stepping back or in another direction as to not fall. Even many pros fall back with a reverse pivot from letting their hands take over during the swing.
Now the real solid ball strikers look like they could stand all day in their finish. That is because they’re using Large Muscles to unwind from ground up. Steve Stricker is a great example of this. When he is finished, he is Balanced on his front leg, knees touching, completely up on his back toe, facing the target. He is not falling back or bending right or left to stay balanced.
Don’t be mislead by comments about over swinging making you fall or swing easy, it has NOTHING TO DO WITH SWING EASY. It is swing correctly. Tiger can swing out of his shoes and still be balanced when he’s done, because he unwinds from ground up (when he is swinging well). Now Phil is a perfect example of someone who, when he unwinds and turns (in stead of throwing his hands) finishes balanced and is in control, but watch him on his bad ball striking days, he falls back because his hands took over. Learning to keep you hands passive or constant during the swing will allow the Large Muscles to take control of the swing for very consistent direction and distance. When you don’t manipulate the club face (with the hands) the face is always square and returns square and golf is fun.
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