The Key Movement is an interaction of the arms that occurs as the club head swings through
the contact area.
To perform this movement correctly you must wait until the club
head strikes the ball before aggressively forcing the right arm
into the fully straightened position.
However whilst the right arm is being straightened, although the club face remains square to the target line, the swing path of the golf club must follow a line that takes it inside the intended target line.
This is the one important
technique of the golf swing that you must be aware of if you wish
to play consistent and
Look at the video and notice how the shoulders remain fairly static
in relation to the speed of the arms whilst the right arm is fully
Most golfers do not know
about this technique therefore if you learn to perform this movement correctly, you
will have the ability to hit the ball long and straight.
Here is a practice routine that you can carry
out whilst in your own home:-
The purpose of this exercise is to slowly
repeat the movement of the arms from the precise moment the club
head makes contact with the ball -- to just after the ball has
been struck - (For the purpose of this exercise, the shoulders
must remain static throughout.)
Form the shoulders and the arms into the compact
upper body unit by holding the arms so that the elbows are held as close together as is physically possible.
As you stand at this moment the shoulders and
the arms have been formed into a compact, one piece, triangular
shape unit, with the left shoulder slightly higher than the right
shoulder, with the left arm straight, but with the right arm slightly
Hold the shoulders very firmly in the address
position (and by that I mean that the shoulders must remain
firmly in the frontal facing position - i.e., held on the Parallel
to the Target Line) -- In addition, the head must be positioned so that the left eye is well behind
the ball and the head is firmly held in the Fixed
Place the club head directly behind the ball
and whilst continuing to hold the shoulders in the frontal facing
position and with your head positioned so that the left eye is
well behind the ball and whilst keeping the left arm straight, forcing the right arm to fully straighten whilst pulling the left hand slightly inside the target line.
( Remember you must keep the shoulders fully facing
the frontal facing position throughout this exercise.)
Obviously there will be a point when the club
face no longer remains Square
to the Target Line, but this exercise shows that it is possible
to extend the distance that the club face remains square to the
target line as the club head swing through the contact area.
In order to perform this exercise correctly,
the head must remain firmly positioned so that the left eye remains
slightly behind the ball throughout the movement and the upper
body angles must be maintained.
This is the very basic movement of what I call
the "Key Movement" and once you are aware of it and
how it is performed you can begin to expand the movement.
However I must point out again that it is
absolutely vital to the success of this movement that you keep
the head positioned
so that the left eye remains slightly behind the ball position
and maintain the upper
body angles as you carry out the Key Movement.
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