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Speed Up Your Hips – PGA Professional Robin Symes shows a drill to help speed your hips up and star your downswing with your lower body.
Hi, Robin Symes here. I’m going to show you a simple drill to help you improve the sequence of your transition. A common fault in golf is where to start the downswing, either the club head will move first or the upper body will move first. It can create all sorts of problems: over the top, steep, loss of club head speed, early releasing. So, pro-transition can create many problems. I’m going to teach you the correct sequence of the downswing. I want to do the drill called waist-high swings. You’re going to bring the club to about parallel to the ground.
Simply from here, you’re going to learn to sequence your downswing. You’re going to learn to start the downswing with a rotation and a weight shift to your left foot. As you’re doing this, the shoulder shouldn’t be moving. The arms and the club should remain stationary also. This will be gaining some separation between lower body and upper body. Then, your shoulders will follow that hip rotation, and your arms, and then lastly, the club. When you’re doing it correctly, even from a short swing stationary position, you should be able to compress the ball and create some club head speed.
If you’ve got the fault of starting the swing with your club head, you might find it very difficult to start with. You might still start the downswing from this position with the club head, but you won’t be able to create a solid contact, and it will be a very weak ball flight. Keep working on it. Keep learning from here to start the downswing with your lower body rather than the club head and the upper body. From here, simply swing through, let the components (the shoulders, arms, and club head) follow that initial movement from the lower body. You have to create a few pumps of the hips, one, two, three, before you go. Practice it until you can create some good speed from this static position. You’ve got to feel for the correct sequence and add that same feeling to your full swing.
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