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.