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The Golf Swing. (Changed 04/11/2019)

Slow Motion Golf Swing by Luke Donald.


The golf swing as performed by Luke Donald illustrates in slow motion, the basic method of playing top quality golf. As you look at this video Luke is using the rotational movement of the hips as the driving force of the down swing movement, but is being greatly enhanced by rotation of the upper body unit in the later stages of the down swing movement.


Set Up.

It is vital to adopt the correct address position.

Back Swing Movement.

The back swing movement is a very basic movement where the golfer has simply rotated the shoulders and the arms as a one piece unit, whilst the hips are stopped from swaying away from the original address, but you will note that the club face is square to the ball until half way into the back swing movement.

To achieve accuracy, the back swing must be a slow and controlled movement.

Notice how the left arm is close to the right shoulder at the end of the back swing movement but more importantly, how it remains in this position for the majority of the down swing movement.

Down Swing Movement.

Therefore whilst keeping the left arm close to the right shoulder, the golfer pauses slightly at the end of the back swing movement before transferring his weight onto the left foot, thus initiating the down swing movement.

( As soon as the weight of the body moves onto the left foot, the weight remains over the left side of the body for the remainder of the swing process.)

As the hips rotate towards the target area, the left leg is gradually straightened, which forces the compact upper body unit to around the axis of the spine and thus follow the movement of the hips., but importantly the golfer ensures that the weight of his body remains on his left foot thus preventing the hips from swaying away from the target area, whilst the left arm remains close to the right shoulder.

As the down swing movement progresses, the left leg will continue to straighten, whilst the hips continue to force the upper body unit to rotate.


As the down swing reaches it conclusion, the straightening of the left leg and the rotation of the hips will suddenly begin to speed up, thus giving the swing the snap effect and this action coincides with the action of straightening the right arm prior to the club head making contact with the ball, but remember, you must hold the hands back from going beyond the original address position until the club head strikes the ball.

At all times the head is held so it remains slightly behind the ball until well after the ball has been struck.

Whilst the upper body unit is forced to rotates into the down swing movement it remains held firmly together as a one piece unit.

(As long as you hold the hips in the same fixed position throughout the back swing you will soon notice that you can gradually increase the speed of the down swing action without hitting the ground before striking the ball - this is why it is absolutely vital that the hips are not allowed to sway away from the ball for even a fraction of an inch during the back swing -- It can be done, you simply need to concentrate)

After the club head strikes the ball you will notice that the golfer takes a divot, this is achieved by swinging the club head to the bottom of the swing arc, whilst quickly turning the whole body to fully face the target area.

A vital ingredient for any top golfer is that they maintain their focus on the ball until the precise moment the club head strikes the ball, but importantly, they keep the focus on the spot where the ball was resting until the swing motion forces the head to turn with the body.

Please bear in mind that the swing action of the professional golfer is based on thousands of hours of practice so do not expect to reach this level at first.

Build up the basics of the golf swing and when you are hitting the ball in the correct way you can then develop the power aspect of the golf swing, such as the straightening of the right arm at impact, it all takes time.


If you imagine the left arm strapped to the right shoulder throughout the down swing and the follow through movements, whilst the hips rotation forces the compact upper body unit to rotate whilst also maintaining the upper body angles, you will hit the ball in the direction you aiming.

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