Improve Your Downswing | Side Bend Golf VLOG

Improve Your Downswing | Side Bend Golf VLOG


Golfers of varied skill levels often find stabilizing their upper body rotation during their backswing to downswing transition to be a major source of frustration and missed shots on the golf course each weekend.

Understanding how to balance our side bend rotation during our downswing transition will not only make our shots take a straighter flight path, developing these skills will also make for a much more enjoyable experience on the course.

Inspiring a huge segment of the global golfing community, each George Gankas golf vlog aims to assist players in developing existing natural talent while correcting any flawed motion found in their current golf swing.

The GG Swing Method, using the popular George Gankas golf vlog format of training, has assisted golfers around the globe in correcting specific components of their golf swing to become well rounded players with a strong understanding of the sport.

Gankas believes that many golfers falter during the release of their golf club, with many players rotating their arms and upper body at the same speed found in their golf club.

Trying to force our body to maintain the same level of speed as our golf club on a consistent basis, swing after swing, will undoubtedly cause an injury in little time.

The inability to utilize side bend effectively in the downswing transition has been identified as a leading cause in spinal muscle strain and other upper body injuries common in many golfers.

If you’re currently trying to move your upper body at max speed with all of your strength behind the motion, the amount of pressure amassed in your back muscles and spine will lead to injury and strain nearly immediately.

Learning to adopt a proper club release requires getting your body into the correct side bend angle at the right time.

Side bend in the downswing transition can be a bit unnatural for some players, as their bodies will wish to continue forward with chest rotation, but prolonging this motion will restrict the golf club’s speed to that of our body, which will either be detrimental to our swing speed or the well being of our core muscles and internal organs.

Many golfers are able to correct this improper body rotation simply by working through side bend drills with a mirror or by recording themselves during their golf swings.

This improper golf swing can be corrected for most by maintaining position on their lead side shoulder, allowing a lag in their body rotation without negatively impacted the club speed they’ve built through proper side bend.

Side bend positioning comes from keeping our lead shoulder back while allowing our golf club to maintain motion, allowing the player’s arms to continue forward with the golf club but keeping their core back from their release positioning of the golf club.

Properly angling your spine begins by setting up a solid posture in the swing stance that you take at address.

While we establish our spine angle at address, maintaining this proper position throughout our golf swing requires stabilization in our body rotation.

Most novice golfers develop the bad habit of angling their spines higher during their downswings, as if to scoop the golf ball upward during impact.

This typically results in missed shots for the player and can lead to injury in some players through the imbalance found in their upper body muscles during their downswing.

If you’re experiencing an imbalance in your spine tilt during the downswing transition, it can be as easy as leveling your back from muscle stress and controlling the flexion in your knees and shoulders.


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