The Basic Steps to Perfect Golf.

By Philip A Gorfett.

www.playperfectgolf.co.uk
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Lesson 6 -The Follow Through. (Changed 03/03/2019)


THE FOLLOW THROUGH

Again similar to the back swing and the down swing movement, consider the follow through movement as a separate action that begins at the precise moment the club head strikes the ball.


All parts of the golf swing require your full concentration, but if you want to hit the ball in the direction you are aiming the follow through must be performed correctly.


As I performed the down swing movement, the rotational movement of the hips forced a passive twisted body unit to rotate around the central core of the spine whilst the right elbow was tucked into the waist and the wrists have been held in the fully cocked position.

Therefore I have had to concentrate very hard to ensure that I have correctly timed of the uncocking of the wrists so that the club head strikes the ball at the maximum velocity whilst the club face is square to the target line.

As the down swing reached its conclusion the action is timed so that the club head strikes the ball at the precise moment the shoulders return to the square to the target line position and the hips are facing at 45 degrees to the target.

 

Follow Through Movement.

Therefore at the precise moment the club head strikes the ball whilst it is moving at its maximum velocity, a combination of four actions are performed.

(1) The rotational movement of the hips continue to force the whole twisted body unit to rotate around the central core of the spine, thus forcing the whole body to quickly turn to fully face the target area -- at the same speed that the club head moves through the contact area.


(2) Throughout the follow through movements the upper body angles are maintained, using the universal joint theory, but importantly, the weight of the body remains mostly over the left leg
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(3) Whilst the whole twisted body quickly turns to fully face the target area and whilst
the right arm is quickly forced into the fully straightened position, the right hip is thrust towards the target area thus holding the club face square to the target line for that extra few inches after the ball has been struck but also injecting extra power into the golf shot, whilst the club head swings inside the parallel to the target line and through the contact area.

(4) The hands move towards the target area at the same speed that the club head moves towards the target area with the right hand rolling over the left hand-- whilst the head remains in the frontal facing position as the right shoulder quickly moves under the chin.



Whilst the rotational movement of the hips continue to force the whole twisted body unit to rotate around the central core of the spine,
this will ensure that the whole body quickly turns to fully face the target area as the club head swings through the contact area, but you must ensure that the upper body angles are maintained so that the right shoulder rotates under the chin and that the arms and the torso continue to form a triangular shape until well after the ball has been struck.

However, whilst the hip rotation ensures the whole body quickly turns to fully face the target area, the head must not sway away from the original address position and the eyes must remain fully focused on the spot where the ball was lying whilst the club face swings past the ball.



The club head must be forced to swing slightly outside the parallel to the target line after the ball has been struck.

The golfer's head must remain in the frontal facing position until forced to rotate away from this position by the rotational movement of the whole twisted body unit at which point the right shoulder moves under the chin.

 

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