The Key to Starting Your Downswing Correctly

By Ed Ibarguen

The Key to Starting Your Downswing Correctly

Alright, so you are set up, you have a beautiful posture, balanced position, you are doing great, you take it up, you know exactly where to take it in that backswing and now the question is how do you get it down. What is the way to start that downswing? I am going to give you a couple of recommendations that I think are very solid and simple to work with.

3 Tips for Initiating Your Downswing

Number one is when you get it up in here in this top position you need something to trigger that downswing, to get that body to rotate back through the ball so that when it comes back into the ball your body is turning and your shaft is in that good impact position. I like to recommend, watch this carefully and keep your eye on this left foot, as I come back I really prefer to have that left foot on the ground. If I come back in here I am actually changing a lot of different angles. I know that Jack Nicklaus used to do it, but Jack had a lot of talent.

Some of you say Ed I am not quite flexible enough to do this. You will be surprised, keep that left foot on the ground, you get your club to the top, and here is your downswing key. Use that flat left foot pressing against the ground to use as resistance, watch this, straighten that left knee. As the left knee straightens it sets up a beautiful chain reaction of clearing this left hip out of the way as your upper body and arms get out in front of you and you come right back down into that beautiful impact position.

Notice this cleared position in the hips. What a nice way to start your downswing. Get up there to the top and use the resistance of the flat left foot, press against it, straightening the left knee, getting that hip to turn and everything else will sequentially come through the ball right down into impact. Give that simple swing key a try.

Category: Downswing
Sub-Category: Arms, Posture, Shoulder Turn

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