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Downswing

The Downswing is the portion of the swing moving from the very top of the golf swing down to the ball. The direction or path of the downswing largely impacts where the golf ball starts. The path combined with the face will determine the total direction of the shot. The angle of the downswing will also determine the trajectory of the shot. For instance, a flat angle of attack with a driver will result in a lower shot whereas a steep angle will help shoot the ball higher into the air.

Downswing Drills

Downswing Tips

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  • Don't Practice Swinging at Air

    Don't practice swinging at air. You will get really good at it! Practice hitting something...the ground. When you are on the driving range try taking a divot and then start your next swing at the front of that divot and take another one going forward. Pretty soon you will have made a nice straight line of divots across the range. The superintendent will love you! This way, you will get comfortable with hitting the ground on every swing and hitting it at the right spot; in front of where the ball lies.

  • To Strike Down Move Your Weight Forward

    Make sure to have your weight over the ball at impact so you can hit the ball first and then the ground. If your head and sternum are leaning back too much your weight will be on your rear foot and you will strike the ball with an upward blow. This will usually result in a thin shot and no divot. To hit down on the ball and compress it, you need to be more on top of it.

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