Transition to downswing should be smooth

One common denominator that is present with all good players is a smooth transition from the backswing to the downswing. The speed of the swing should build up gradually while maintaining good balance.

Several things are required to create a smooth transition from start to finish. First, a golfer must be in the proper position at address and maintain the spine angle until impact. Second, the left shoulder should take the club back with a one piece take away. Third, the hands, club and right hip must be timed to meet at the moment of impact.

Practice swing by allowing the right hip and the hands to start the downswing together. The hands drop as much as the hip moves toward the ball, somewhat of a pumping motion; as if there was a rope connected to the left hip and the hands. It should feel as if the left hip is pulling the grip toward the ball. The hands just separate from the right shoulder in a downward motion. The entire right side should finish the swing with the shoulders, hips and knees level.

Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.

Rick Musselman, golf author and professional, teaches and has a golf shop at the driving range he operates in Muncy.