Killer #5 Poor Sequence
Sequence is defined by when things happen and in what order. The downswing sequence is where most golfers get it all wrong. When a pro swings a club to the top of his swing and starts the move toward the ball, the downswing is initiated by the lower body moving first and toward the target, then the upper body unwinds, then the arms are pulled, followed by the club moving last. This creates power and a whipping effect. The average golfer gets to the top of their swing and their thought is to try and get the club on the ball as fast as possible. The average golfer will start the downswing with a violent move with the club and hands starting the downswing, which causes the chest to open too early and for the legs to stall out and not be able to move forward as they should. As a result, the average golfer gets to impact with their weight back and handle back while using a casting motion that slows down the club and causes great inconsistency. It is just like a wheel on a tire. The axle should move first, which moves the wheel, which subsequently moves the tire. The tire is the last thing to move because it’s on the outside of the circle. The club should work the same way. You must get your body (axle) started first in order to get the club to fall into place and move properly and at maximum speed. A good drill for this would be to take a back swing and pause at the top. Then let your left knee and left hip move toward the target a few inches, while maintaining the club at the top. Once you get the sense of the legs starting the downswing, try and let the rest of the chain reaction happen. If done properly, you will feel the club swinging through the ball at a very high pace all on its own. I call this effortless power!! Give it a try.