At setup, the elbows point at the hips, then as you turn thru impact, they again point at the hips (tho the hips are slightly turned unwinding). This photo shows setup, then impact during a swing… not much difference. On the downswing the arms and hands are passive and just go along for a ride with the body turn. Notice the hands ahead and how the shaft is bowed (not flipped). This is what automatically hits down on the ball. It naturally happens, if you turn and keep your hands quiet. Oh, one other misconception you hear is, “Clear your hips”…I disagree… you want to use your hips for power thru impact. They are turning, but have not cleared. They are helping.
The more you can gain an awareness of your grip pressure during the swing, the better. I remember practicing for hours to be totally aware of my grip pressure and NOT LETTING IT CHANGE during the ENTIRE swing. This is hard to do at first but, with a little practice, will change your golf swing FOREVER! It really sounds easy to do until you try it. It takes practice. Now the result here is… “So I am aware of my grip pressure and I am concentrating on NOT letting it change during the swing”.. and guess what the side effect is…LARGE MUSCLES (Shoulders & Hips) AUTOMATICALLY TAKE OVER TO PRODUCE A NATURAL, POWERFUL, ATHLETIC TURN MOVEMENT. When the hands do not take over to hit at the ball, the body turn can do the job easily and it is repeatable.
Something has to move the ball forward. In the past it was start the downswing with a slide forward with a little turn, then stop the body rotation half way and let the hands take over mid-swing… cutting your radius in half with a weak flip… closing the club face and sending the ball dead left… or if you took the club far enough inside or…played the ball back in the middle of your stance, it could offset the miss-hit enough to send the ball straight. This golf swing has Never been reliable, powerful or consistent.
Once you get the ball position just inside your front foot, let your shoulders start the takeaway first while restricting with your lower body (no slide), then later in the takeaway, allow your hips to slightly be pulled over into place by the shoulder wind up, you will have a perfectly sequenced backswing, with complete continuity and tork, to allow the HIPS to start the downswing and unwind everything to the finish… THERE IS NO THINKING AT ALL ON THE DOWNSWING…JUST TURN…ALL THE WAY. You do NOT have to hit the ball… The ball just gets in the way of the turn…no grip pressure change…JUST COMMIT TO YOUR TURN.
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The longest point of the golf swing is a vertical line straight down from the front shoulder, down the arm, down the shaft to the ground. This is the bottom of the swing arc (not in the middle between your feet). This point is where every throwing sport pivots… any throwing movement pivots around the front hip. This is where the hips can unwind the lower body and shoulders to throw the arm. The golf swing also unwinds in the front hip. Not in the middle between your feet.
Now, the backswing winds up around the spine with slightly more that 50% weight maintained on the front foot… but again, the downswing unwinds around an imaginary vertical line about where the front hip rotates.
If you are not in a position to comfortably rotate around this hip, you have too much weight on the back side (probably from sliding during the takeaway).
As a drill…you can put most of your weight on the front foot and keep it there (no slide on backswing) and take little shots to feel how the swing unwinds around the front hip… Ross