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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I see many new students that are learning how to turn athletically through impact to the finish, keep their BACK HEEL planted as they are trying to turn. This restricts the lower body from turning and then the hands, arms and club pass the body (not good – loss of power and the ball gets pulled or hooks).
What should happen!! The back heel works together with the back hip in that, as you are unwinding your hips, the back heel must leave the ground and rotate with the back foot onto the toe. You will know if you achieved this when you are finished with your stomach facing the target and your knees touching. If your knees are apart, you didn’t release your hips completely. OR … if your knees are apart at the finish, you stopped unwinding your hips too soon and the hands and club took over and passed the body rotation. KEEP TURNING THOSE HIPS NON-STOP TO THE FINISH. The better you get at this move, the more athletic and powerful your ball striking will be.
I always felt the “Hands” were the big problem in golf. The hands can move so many different ways. They also can work against each other. But the real “Key” came when I realized if the hands are active during the swing (like trying to release or hit the ball using the hands), the body always stops rotating (just for a fraction of a second) to support this hit. Ah Ha! so what happens when the body stops is… the club hands and arms now pass the body and this is a VERY WEAK POSITION.
First, the radius (which should be a straight line down the front arm in line with the shaft leading the club face) is cut in half (because the wrist is bent at impact). Also, the “Athletic” aspect is gone which would have ALL THE BODY moving or trapping the golf ball while it turns. This flipped position also now closes the club face and makes the ball go left (right hander). As the arms pass the body rotation, they create a new path to the left and pull the ball. Now instead of the body pulling the arms through, the arms are now pulling the body (not good).