The best move in golf! Initiate the swing by slightly STRAIGHTENING THE LEFT LEG. That's right, the LEFT leg! As humans, almost every action we perform we actually do a little of the opposite just before. Lifting a weight, we push down before lifting up … we do this naturally. The same is true in golf – slightly straightening the left leg turns the hips slightly open and shifts the weight to the right all before starting the normal golf swing. Try it, it may take some time to get used to but once you start doing it naturally you'll wonder how you ever hit a ball without it. Suddenly, you'll feel a relaxed rhythm and timing to the swing. I believe this happens because of the slight relaxation of muscles before action.
I have never heard anyone ever talk about this or teach this. YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST! It's going to become a phenomenon. You'll see …
Stretching the latissimus muscle is the secret to a great golf swing.
It seems so simple when illustrated, but I’ve never heard anyone ever talk about stretching the latissimus to power the golf swing. When you try it you’ll say, ” … Sure, yeah, of course, it makes perfect sense.,” but, once you try it and you’re aware of the latissimus you’ll really feel a difference and suddenly the golf swing changes from a lunging, slapping, pushing the clubhead at the ball motion to a fluid true swinging of the club. When I say swing, I mean swing. When you truly “swing” the club it’s a completely different feeling from forcing the clubhead at the ball.
Once you understand that you need to stretch the latissimus, the only way you can do it is to move the left hip down and back. Most people do the opposite and thrust their hips up and forward. This is called early extension and causes flipping and the left arm to collapse through impact because it has nowhere to go.
By pulling the left hip back and down to initiate the downswing you will discover that instead of swinging downward across your torso, from high right to low left, you’ll be swinging slightly upward across the torso from low right to high left. This gives you all the room in the world for your arms to swing though to a high relaxed finish.
This is a simple motion that everyone can do. It’s just like hitting a pop fly in baseball. In this case though, the shaft is not the bat, the clubhead is the bat.
Note: If your grip isn’t correct, nothing will work correctly. The grip is absolutely essential. The greatest swing in the world won’t produce a straight shot without the proper grip. The proper grip is much stronger with the right hand than most intermediate golfers think it is. The wrists should be almost 90º to each other.
A weak right hand (on top of the club) causes you to push downward on the club with the right hand and shoulder causing over the top creating an out to in swing plane. There should be no effort whatsoever to square the clubface. Squaring the clubface happens naturally because of the proper grip not a conscious effort.
Golf shouldn’t be work, it should be fun. When you master this move golf is just fun.
Not a bad swing for never having picked up a club. Notice the small "Happy Gilmore" move of the feet.
This is what separates the pros from the rest of us. Simply because the ball is down near our feet, most people immediately think they have to swing down at it. If you think about it, the clubhead is already down there, you didn't have to push it down there - it's also resting on the ground that's what the shaft is for.
The golf swing is the same motion as throwing a stick over your right shoulder. This is how great golfers keep the right arm bent at impact, stay in their posture, if not bending over more, and release the club naturally.
When you swing down at the ball that forces your shoulders up and your hips forward toward the ball. Basically, if you swing down you have to stand up as you do it.
When you throw the club overhanded, over your right shoulder, you have to bend and tilt and twist as you strike the ball.
If you were to do this same motion while standing upright the club would be traveling in an arc to the right of your right shoulder and the clubhead would be level with or slightly higher than your head.
BTW, If you try to do this motion with our hands in front of your pelvis it can't be done. If you watch Jamie and all great players carefully, their hands stay to the right of their body and especially their right hip until long after the ball is gone. You cannot strike a ball properly while facing it.
Although, as soon as you think "overhand," you're right shoulder stays low, the backswing is reduced and overall most body motion is reduced. We all know how to throw a club or stick. There's no thinking involved and not a lot of body twisting, at least not intentionally.