It is important to understand is that the golf swing is broken
down into three sections and each section of the swing has its
own "sequence of movements"
Therefore maintain the back swing, the down swing and the follow through as individual movements and you will
begin to understand how the professional golfer perform the golf
The back swing movement consists of using the rotational movement
of the shoulders to literally push the passive arms to the end of the back swing
movement, whilst both feet remain firmly on the ground and the
hips remain in the frontal facing position for as long as possible.
Pete Cowen`s -"Axe Drill"- When site comes up, click
on "home page" for the video.)
Throughout the down swing and the follow through
movements it is the movements of the upper body, the
hips and the arms working in complete harmony to literally swing
the club head into and through the contact area.
The down swing movement is initiated by slightly applying
pressure to the left foot to the ground and simultaneously rotating
the hips towards the target area.
The rotational movement of the hips force the upper body unit to follow its movement and thus begins to rotate around the central core of the spine.
The rotational movement of the upper body unit pulls the arms along.
The movement of the arms pulls the club head in its wake.
Therefore the down swing movement must be seen as a series
of individual movements that come together to accelerate the club
head into the back of the ball.
At the precise moment the club
head makes contact with the ball, the right arm is forced into the fully straightened position whilst the whole body
turns to fully face the target area.
At the precise moment the club head makes
contact with the ball, the head must be positioned so that the left eye is slightly behind the
ball, the hands must not be ahead of the original address position and the weight
of the body predominantly over the left leg.
Therefore the golfer has to synchronised the whole swing movement
so that the club head makes contact with the ball at the precise
moment the hands return to the original address position, but
what is paramount is that the head must remain slightly
behind the ball and the upper body angles must be maintained.
This sequence ends as soon as the hands and the
club head are back at the original address position.
Contact and follow through.
This is the critical part of the golf swing, because during
the down swing movement, the movement of the body were simply carried out
in order to ensure that at the impact position the hands have returned to the original address position and simultaneously the club head
makes contact with the ball.
At the impact position,
the next "sequence of movements" begins.
Therefore as soon as the club head makes contact with the ball,
the right arm is forced into the fully straightened position,
thus keeping the club head square to the target line for that extra millisecond after the ball has been struck, whilst simultaneously the whole body quickly turns to fully face the target area - at
the same speed that the club head moves through the contact area.
(You cannot turn the body to face the target area
too quickly once the club head strikes the ball.)
However in order to perform the golf swing successfully, the head must remain slightly behind the ball position and in the Fixed
Frontal condition and the upper
body angles must be maintained until well after the ball has
If you want a clear illustration of this action, observe the
technique of Annika Sorenstam and see how quickly she turns the
whole body to fully face the target area as soon as the club head
strikes the ball.