A Simple 5-Step Downswing Sequence

A Simple 5-Step Downswing Sequence

So many choices, how do you get the club down? It goes up, but what do we do to get it to come back down? I want you to remember the four Hs, actually there is a fifth one, and if you can get the four Hs I will give you the fifth one and we can have fun with it.

How to Start Your Downswing

Here we are, we’re at the top of the backswing, the club is set, our body is coiled, weight is on the back foot, and I am ready to tear it up, but I don’t know how to get back down. I am lost, I am stuck, and I am sure a lot of you have felt that way many times. Do I start with my hands? Hey, there is one of the Hs. Do I start with my Hips? There is another one. Do I start with head? Well, regretfully too many of you do start with the clubhead. Or, do I start with the handles? There they are, the four Hs.

The Correct Downswing Sequence

Here is the sequence you want to use coming down. Hips-Handle-Hands-Head. Too many of us are using the opposite sequence. Head and hands and then handle and then the hips turn, and then we end up hanging up on our back foot and not hitting the ball anywhere. So the four Hs, which leads me to the fifth one, are Hips-Handle-Hands-Head…Halleluiah, Halleluiah!

Hip Rotation in the Downswing

Now all you have to do when you go to play golf is have that engrained where your hips start down, they start by rotating forward, that pulls the handle down, through the hands and then the last thing that moves is the head right down there at the bottom, right where it should be. Why would we want to move the head at the top of the downswing when the ball is all the way down on the ground? The answer is you don’t.

If we can get you to go Hips-Handle-Hands-Head then we have hit a home run, another H. Well to hit a home run this is the sequence. From the top of the downswing the hips rotate and that pulls down the handle through the hands and then the head moves towards the end near the golf ball. That is where you power is, that is where your consistency is and that is the sequence of the downswing. You can do it. I know I can do it, so I am sure you can because you have a lot more talent than I do. Prove it.

Category: Downswing
Sub-Category: Hands, Swing Mechanics
About the Instructor
John Elliott, Jr.
John Elliott, Jr.
St. Andrews Golf & Country Club
3N441 Route 59
West Chicago, IL 60185
Tel: 630-231-3160

John Elliott, Jr., is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #39 instructor in the world. He is the head professional at the Country Club of Ocala in Ocala, Florida.


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