Downswing Power Boost | Using Ground Pressure in Golf Swings

Downswing Power Boost | Using Ground Pressure in Golf Swings


Building the ideal golf swing relies on several components working together to develop a consistent motion that becomes a natural routine once ingrained into our muscle memory.

Considered to be the driving force behind most successful golf swings, our lower body provides the majority of the force found behind each shot taken on the course.

While the muscle groups found in our arms and core also provide support through our swing, these groups cannot contribute anything of value unless if our lower body fails to provide a sound foundation for our backswing to downswing transition.

George Gankas golf lessons emphasize the importance of sound lower body motion through our backswing to downswing transition, a foundational teaching in his overall GG Swing Method program.

The GG Swing Method, based on the popular George Gankas golf videos found through YouTube, provides players with the basic fundamentals of golf while providing immense detail behind each movement that makes up a proper golf swing.

Players often are unaware of the power lying beneath their feet while getting into their golf swing setup positions.

Once we reach the top of our backswing, the majority of our body weight must be transferred to our lead foot, with only about 20% remaining on our trail foot.

The amount of body weight being distributed from our trail foot to the lead foot varies based on the club that the player has in use at the time of the golf swing.

Sometimes players will cause an imbalance in the distribution of their body weight, causing a loss in power and posture.

Most of the bonus power found in our downswing generates while establishing the balance described above in our weight distribution from trail foot to lead foot.

As our backswing transitions to downswing and through to impact, the player will experience a transfer of weight from their lead foot onto their trail foot.

This will mirror the ratio described previously in this article, with the lead foot now carrying only 20% of the player’s body weight distribution.

Transfering the weight distribution between the lead and trail foot will help to maintain stability and produce consistent results in the player’s golf swing.

Our hips play a huge part in opening up the swing to the power generated in our feet, as we open ourselves up wide in the direction of the intended target.

Once we’ve made it to the midpoint of our follow through, we will be able to determine the accuracy or lack thereof regarding shifting our body weight from the lead to trail side of our body.

As golfers become able to produce consistent results when shifting their body weight to their trail side, while keeping their upper body balanced, players can then focus their efforts on letting their muscle memory pick up the slack once such a technique has become second nature.

Several golf instructors suggest working on physical fitness to players that are having difficulties pushing off of the ground to create power in their downswings.

This may include any number of golf focused fitness routines that are purposely targeting areas in the body that would benefit from strengthening and increased flexibility.

Often these exercises will create the sensation of pressure that golfers experience during their backswing to downswing transition, specifically the shifting of body weight from trail foot to lead foot and back again.

Allowing the player to experience this physical sensation will make it much easier to gauge the distribution of body weight from foot to foot during their downswing transition when in actual course play.


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