You should feel like your upper body is coiling with the latissimus dorsi “lat” muscle really flexed on the right side of the back. You’ll also notice that to swing to the top, you have to let your right arm separate from your upper body.
Third, Hall said golfers must have their lead arm and hand in control of their swing. That’s the left arm for right-handed golfers and the right arm for lefties. By leading, you avoid hitting at the ball.
That makes the swing plane way too flat and forces the player to re-route the club dramatically to even hit the ball. The wrists shouldn’t roll sideways. They hinge by moving up and down. Try this: Hold the club out in front of you , and hinge it upward as if you were going to tap your nose.
The transition from backswing to downswing is crucial to generating power and accuracy. The key is to start the downswing with the lower body . In the best swings the lower body starts forward while the upper body is still turning back.
Your right arm is a major acceleration source at the start of the downswing , and the straighter you keep it on the way back, the more likely you’ll increase your shoulder turn (another power source).
A lot of right – hand -dominant golfers do this, it causes the club moves quickly to the inside. From there, you have to lift it to get to the top, and that reduces body rotation and saps a lot of energy out of the swing . You lose all of that torque that’s produced when the upper body turns against a stable lower body.
Expert players try to limit their hand action during the swing . The forearms, hands and club should be rotating in a counterclockwise motion as you swing down and through the ball. When you do this correctly, the right palm, back of the left hand and clubface will be facing down after impact (above, left).
A complete finish helps your balance, and forces you to relax the big muscles of your hands and arms. You can practice your finish with the following drill: Start your swing at the finish position.