Right Forearm Rotation in Downswing
The secret to effortless power and a great move through the ball is positioning the clubhead properly in relation to the right forearm. Essentially we're throwing the club sidearm through the ball.
If the clubhead is above the elbow this simply doesn't work. When the clubhead is below the elbow the forearm twists and builds torque that is released in a level if not upward motion after impact.
If the clubhead is above the elbow the release happens at the ball in a downward direction.
Most people are so nervous about putting the clubhead on the ball that they rush things and cut corners to get there. This is why people come over the top. They're simply not lowering the clubhead while it's still behind them.
Instead they raise the clubhead and then can't get it back down to the ball without forcing it.
Feel as though the club is level with the ground when it's about hip high and the shaft perpendicular to the target line with the clubhead behind you and the handle in front. Continue to lower the clubhead down as you turn through the ball.
This is an extremely exaggerated motion but it's what it'll feel like.
Although, you'll feel like you're not going to get the clubhead on the ball, it will and it'll happen so fast you can't control it, which is exactly what we want.
After a few swings you'll begin to feel the torque in your right forearm and how that torque is being released level or even upward after impact.
That torque is the feeling you feel when you hit that amazingly great shot when you weren't even thinking about "making a golf swing." It's hard to describe this motion but it's what baseball players do.
They take the weight of the bat that's very high above their hands and as they turn their body that weight moves out and down so that the tip of the bat is below their right elbow, twisting the forearm backward in the opposite direction their going to release toward.
It's like winding up a rubber band so that it snaps back the way you want it to. Strangely though, this happens on the way down toward the ball. It can only happen through rotational forces.
Just as you can't make your arm contort anywhere near how it does when you're throwing a ball full speed.
f you swing the club in a circle over your head like a rope, with the right hand only, you'll notice the right forearm rotates in the same direction as the shaft, then reaches it's limit and flips over.
When it flips over is what we call the release. We do this naturally when swinging a baseball bat. This backward rotation of the forearm builds torque and keeps the clubhead moving smoothly on plane, in the proper direction.
Most people prevent this rotation because it feels like the club would be moving the wrong way.
Preventing this rotation is what causes "over the top," when you rotate the right forearm counterclockwise, which feels like it would make the clubhead move toward the ball, it does, but since you're body is turned away although the clubhead is moving toward the ball, the shaft is rotating in the opposite direction it needs to be moving when it strikes the ball.
This is because we need to strike the ball with the club at a large angle to the right forearm, like a bat, not like turning a screwdriver, (which is how many bad players think of holding the club.)
Picture the right forearm as the hub or axle of a propeller, it would have to rotate in the same direction as the propeller but since our arm can only rotate so far it has to flip over when it reaches it's rotational limit and then rotate in the other direction.
It's very hard to describe but we all do it easily and naturally when swinging a baseball bat or a rope over our head.
An easier example: Picture the club attached to a hub, you're going to turn that hub to hit the ball with your right arm. Which direction do you turn the hub? Clockwise or counterclockwise?