If you wish to play very good golf, it is absolutely vital that at the precise moment
the club head makes contact with the ball, the hands are in the
exact position relative the ball position that
was set at the address position.
It is absolutely vital that you concentrate
to ensure that these two actions coincide.
(Professional golfer pay particular attention
to the position of the hands as the down swing movement is performed
and therefore concentrate very hard on this aspect of the golf
swing. -- so take note.)
In order to play consistent golf, you
must set your hands directly in front of you as in my set
up section at the address position, which is slightly to the
left of the centre line of the body.
However, as you perform the down swing movement,
it is important to understand that the hands must go past the
centre line of your stance before the club head makes contact
with the ball. - See "Analysis" below.
At the address position the hands are basically positioned slightly
to the left of the centre line of your stance.
However as you perform the down swing movement the hips begin
to pivot and also turn to face the target area so that at the
precise moment of impact the lower part of the body has turned
approximately 45 degrees towards the target area.
Whilst the hips have turned to partially face
the target area, because the right elbow is tucked into the waist
and the upper body angles have been maintained, by the time the
club head strikes the ball the right shoulder will already be
rotating under the chin.
The pivotal/rotational movement of the hips during the down swing
movement creates a situation where the hands appear to be ahead
of the original address position. However in actual fact
the hands are in the original address position, but relative to
the lower body, the hands are now positioned adjacent to the right
(What this creates is an illusion - The arms appears
to cut across in front of the body with a movement that starts
from outside the line, moving to inside the line, but also past
the centre line of the body before the club head strikes the ball.
This cutting action places the hands in the correct position at
From this position, the head is fixed so that
the left eye remains slightly behind the ball position whilst
the hands and the club head move towards the target area together
at exactly the same speed and simultaneously the lower part of
the body quickly turns to fully face the target area.
Simultaneously the right shoulder/right upper arm muscles force
the right arm into the
fully straightened position, thus pushing the club head through
the contact area.
Watch this video
of Adam Scott playing the 3rd hole at Augusta and notice how
the arms go past the centre line of the body with an "out
to in" swing plane and the right shoulder has already begun
to rotate under the chin before the club head strikes the ball.
But also notice that the right elbow is tucked into the waist
at the point of impact.