Golf tip of the week: Backswing to the downswing requires a smooth transition

Generate clubhead speed with a smooth but forceful motion.

A smooth transition is required when propelling any object with an implement, such as throwing a dart, shooting pool or throwing a football.

Hitting a golf ball is no different, the golf club must change direction with a smooth continuous acceleration. Much like a roller coaster going down a steep incline or pushing a child on a swing at the park.

Aggressive force can be applied, but one must execute it with a smooth continuous motion.

A fast, jerky tempo not only causes a golfer to lose his or her balance, but will force the club out of the swing plane. Don’t confuse good tempo as swinging a club slowly. Even a pitcher throwing a fastball utilizes a smooth continues motion.

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

Rick Musselman, a golf author and professional, gives lessons in his high-tech golf swing simulator, at his golf studio and custom club shop in Williamsport.

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