Last week we highlighted Ben Hogan’s swing thought to TURN YOUR HIPS FIRST to start your downswing. Ben may only have thought about starting his downswing with his hips, but he knew that there was a sequence of moves connected to that single swing thought. As a matter of fact, your whole body has to “get INTO the swing” or you will be looking at another fat hit or topped ball.
When we tense up for a difficult shot we tend to forget about starting our swing with our hips. Our lower body JUST LOCKS UP. We tend to rush the swing by turning our shoulders and swinging with our arms and lose our balance backwards. Your hips have to start the sequence of your swing.
Andrew Rice’s Swing Tip:
In a recent Revolution Golf Blog, Andrew Rice gave a swing tip about pushing off with your trailing foot and “walk through your swing”. This reminded me of Ben Hogan starting his downswing by rotating his hip forward (up the target line). Andrew pointed out that Gary Player used this move to help him get his body over the ball. Your center of mass needs to be over your ball (rather than falling backwards) at the point of impact to allow your body to finish in a balanced pose on your leading foot.
HIS SUGGESTION: During your practice try a slow swing and walk through the swing. He pointed out that you can’t get your balance forward (up your target line) unless you push with your trailing leg to create a forward lean.
You can’t get your hips moving without pushing off with the instep of your trailing foot. As you reach the transition from the backswing to the downswing DON’T RUSH. Let the weight of your club do the work. You need ONE THOUGHT:
PUSH with the instep of your trailing foot to turn your hips. I now use the simple swing thought of: “Push UP” in order to push off and swing up to a balanced forward finish.
This starts the chain reaction of PULLING your straight leading arm down before you RELEASE your wrists to WHIP your club head from the inside slot and UP your target line to a BALANCED finish.
Don’t forget to HOLD YOUR POSE and admire each amazing shot.
If you can’t slow down your rhythm to the speed of an Ernie Els’ transition then mentally say the words “Sweep in” during your backswing as a reminder to pull in (with your trailing wrist) for lag and the words “PUSH up” during the downswing to a finished pose. Your hips lead your upper torso as your arms pull down for the release of your wrists.
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