When I do golf schools one of the most common questions that is asked by students is what is the first move in the downswing? There are a lot of different feelings that you can describe but there is one actual first movement and it comes from the body.
Drill: How to Start the Downswing
- If we think about the body’s movement, going back it moves into the back leg and then coils. The first thing we need to do in the downswing is move from the back leg into the front leg. A lot of you might think this is a movement of the hips but it is really a movement of the whole body moving into the front leg.
- Once we achieve that then the club is released and the body can start its rotational movement. What we often see of course is not that first movement. We often see that first move come from the arms and shoulders. I do not think this is a good area to key on when you are trying to play but it is a good area to practice or drill on.
- The drill would be making your normal backswing to where you are on your right foot and then from there just let your body move onto the left leg. Go back to the right leg and then into the left leg. We just want to move into the inside of the left leg. Then just go ahead and swing into the finish position.
It is a good drill to get a little better sequence, you can see that there is a driving movement to the body and it is a key element in a good golf swing. Work on that but don’t key on it too much when you play. It will give you stronger golf shots when you play and increase your power. Practice it in front of a mirror.