The golf downswing is absolutely and without doubt THE most important move in golf. It doesn’t matter what precedes it. If the downswing is not right, it doesn’t matter how good your grip is or how perfect your alignment is or how flawless your backswing is. If your downswing is wrong, everything else is wasted. Everything we do before we commence the downswing (the grip, the stance, alignment, takeaway, backswing) is preparation for enabling us to make the golf swing as perfect a golf swing as possible.
The most common mistake golfers make is to initiate the downswing with the arms or shoulders. What this usually creates is an “out to in” motion, which causes us to swing across the intended target line. To compensate for this, we have to open up the club face to allow the ball to get back on target, which creates side spin which creates that destructive slice. If like me your natural swing is a fade/slice you will know how difficult things can get when playing into a head wind or a left to right wind. The other problem this can cause is if we do NOT open the club face to compensate. Result. A pull shot to the left .
The downswing should be the very natural result of everything that precedes it. It should start form the ground up. The first movement should be made with the legs. Once we are in that perfect position at the top of the swing, the downswing should commence.
Golf Tip #1 A good trigger motion is to move the right knee towards the left knee and plant the left foot flat on the ground. Planting that left foot begins the process of your body uncoiling and your weight will begin to shift to the left side.
Golf Tip #2 Practice this trigger motion without a ball. Rehearse that feeling of moving the right knee and planting the left foot flat on the ground. Repeat it until it becomes natural, until you don’t have to think about it.
What you will achieve here is to leave the upper body behind. i.e the lower body has moved but the upper body has not yet begun the downswing. This feeling is what is called the coil and this is where all your power comes from.
The body should then follow naturally to complete the swing. Be relaxed. Let the swing flow. Try only to have one swing thought. Too may golf drills and swing thoughts in your head at any one time will only make things more difficult. Master this one aspect of the swing and then we can work on improving other aspects of the golf swing at a later stage.
Be aware that there is much more to the perfect golf swing than just the downswing but mastering the perfect golf downswing will greatly improve your game and improve your chances of getting that handicap tumbling downwards.