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With All This Yak'n About Angles In Your Golf Swing, Don't Forget This One Move!


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Picture this: you are on the range and are practicing as if you were playing, hitting shots and picking targets.

Your main idea here is to create and maintain your angles through-out your golf swing.

The articles on these angles can be found previous articles written by this author.

This article is not meant to rehash the angles. Only to help to prevent a mistake that can happen during your efforts to build your new swing based on the same principals that all the good players already are using.

Here, what I want to address is the downswing move. It's relatively easy to get into the backswing using the body to move the angles to the top. The next move is where the rubber hits the road and I have not said much about it as yet.

So, here is a quick review of how this downswing wants to happen. There will be no talk about two plane or one plane swings, or loop or no loop. No discussion will include the word swing plane.

Here's why. If you do this right, you will be on the EXACT CORRECT swing plane for your bodies makeup. You have enough to think about already, so I don't want to add swing plane to the equation, it is already there and there is nothing you or I can do about it.

Just let it happen. OK?

So back to the range.

As you are practicing you find that you are not hitting the ball as crisply as you thought you should. Perhaps a bit thin or a tad fat. Just not that crisp thud that you want to hear while the ball gets released from the ground. Maybe you are a smidge off balance after the hit, or the ball is off to the right some.

And that sound you sometimes hear as the ball leaves your general area on it's way to the target is missing. You know, its kind of a hissing noise. A sure sign of good contact.

Or maybe you are not taking a divot. And if you are it is pointing left of target.

Any of this sound familiar?

If you have truly created great angles have a good grip and have moved these angles into the backswing with your body and not your arms and hands than you are in the perfect backswing position.

Now what?

Remember that you must shift your weight from the right side to the left side to start the downswing, and your right elbow must make it's way to your right hip area at exactly the same time. This is Ben Hogan's magic move according to Harvey Penick (the little red book).

But as you do this little bump of the hips to the left and dropping of the right elbow to the right side, you must not sway past the ball with your head. You must keep your head either at the same position it was at set up or further to the right.

Never move your head to the left on the downswing. If you do, you have lost the positions you created early on.

So . . here we go, , downswing begins with a bump of the left hip ( not a turn it will turn don't force this)
drop the right elbow to the right side and keep your head in it's original set up position.

This is a magic move and it will work. Use your body not your hands. Keep the hands dead but very firm. Do not attempt to release the club on purpose, it will release as you turn into the ball with your body.

To help you keep your angles in tact and your head in it's proper place here is a little trick to play on yourself while you are practicing.

As you start the downswing, keep this thought in your head. . . keep your back to the target as long as you can and still hit the ball with tons of power.

Get it?

If you do this in slowmo, you will see that by doing this you have created excellent swing sequence. The body and arms/club are all in the proper position, keep your right elbow close to the right side, and do not release any of the great angles you have created.

If all is well the angle between the right arm and the shaft of the club have actually increased at about half way down. This is what is called “lag" a powerful position. If for some reason you have let the angles go, you will have zero lag at this point.

Last word on this. If you are struggling with getting good contact and you feel you have good angles than the culprit is often sequence, get the body, arms and club together in the proper position on the way down by keeping your back to the target for as long as you possible can.

Ladies and gentlemen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . this is a drill. But it one you can take to the course.

If you have ever heard this . . " stay behind the ball" you now know what it means. By keeping your back to the target longer you have built in the time element of your swing.

This really works and can generate tremendous power with very little effort.

If you have good angles, a good grip and keep them through out the swing you will hit it like magic, and there are four moves that help get you into the perfect position.

If you want to know if there are any real magic moves in the golf swing the answer is yes, there are four. You can learn the first one here for free and take it to the range for a spin, click here:


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