I am a lefty who plays right handed. The truth is, in a right -handed swing the right arm is crucial in supporting the club on the downswing, ensuring it’s on the right path, developing lag and assuring the clubface rotates to a square position at impact.
When you want to get some extra distance out of your drives, it’s natural to think that your right or dominant hand (for right -handed golfers) should supply the power. In reality, however, maximum power is a result of a left-hand lead.
The vast majority of golfers grossly over use the right hand in the swing. After all most golfers are right handed and “right sided”. They allow the strong right hand and side to dominate the swing.
Your hands should hang between your feet, about level with your toes, and in front of the zipper on your trousers (which moved towards the target when you shifted your hips to tilt your spine) — see Figures 1 and 4.
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).
You should pull the butt of the club toward the ball. Remember, this pulling down is done by the left arm. They not only pull the club into position but they must keep pulling all the way through the swing until the left hand is hip-high on the follow-through. When you pull all the way through, you will finish high.
Because, yes, how your wrists bend or hinge during the golf swing means A LOT when it comes to how well you hit the ball. The extended (cupped) lead wrist on the left is common with poor ball strikers and slicers, while the flexed (bowed) lead wrist on the right is common with better golfers .
The hips initiate the downswing . At the top of the backswing, the hips have turned back, away from the ball and the target. On the way down, they will turn back and face the target directly. This turn helps increase clubhead speed through impact and is common among the best ball-strikers on tour.
What you should do in the through- swing is release the club. That means the clubhead should move past your body and toward the target as the ball is struck. Steering a shot not only prevents the club from doing what it’s designed to do, it slows it down way too soon—there’s no power.
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).