DAVID - LESSON - 6.6.20

You made a lot of progress since our last lesson a week ago. Your swing in general is exceptional for this early in your practice. You are staying centered over the ball during the takeaway, the downswing, through the impact zone and in your finish. Staying centered is one of the most challenging elements for new golfers. They tend to sway and or rock during the swing and you don't do this at all. That's the good news.

A couple of things we need to work on is downswing and your finish. You're initiating your downswing primarily with your hands pulling the club down. Instead, the downswing needs to be initiated with your hip push/pivot. There are two things we need to adjust in your swing to make it easier for you to do this. First, there needs to be a slight resistance in your hip pivot during takeaway. The maximum you need to pivot your hips is 45-degrees, while your shoulder pivot is a full 90-degrees. This sets your back to your target and your hips a quarter turn from your target. The reason to limit your hip pivot during takeaway is two-fold. First, it is to increase the torque in your back, stomach and side muscles, because they all contribute to speed in the forward swing as they unwind toward impact with the ball. The other reason is because it will be easier to perform the forward push/pivot with your hips to initiate the downswing with your hands and arms delayed during this pivot. This will dramatically increase your clubhead speed and the faster your clubhead speed the farther your ball will travel. The clubhead should transfer its speed to the ball at a ratio of about 1.35% to 1.50%. This transfer of power from clubhead to ball is called Smash Factor.

The other element in your swing that we need to check is your weight transfer in terms of balance. As you finish your swing, the ball of your left foot lifts up and it should remain connected to the ground. It's possible this is because you have too much weight on your heels during the swing. Your weight should be evenly distributed between the ball of your feet and your heels. You can experiment with this during your practice sessions and we will revisit all of it during your next lesson.

Overall, I'm impressed with how far you've progressed in such a very short time. This looks good for your future progress as a golfer.

Coach Glen

David, I've added this slow motion video of Greg Norman's golf swing. Watch how smooth his tempo is throughout the swing. It's a good demonstration of a powerful golf swing.