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Need help with the transition. I know it starts from ground up, but I have no clue as to how to do it.
--Kerry C. from Lindale, GA

Hi Kerry. Thanks for writing

As you stated most will say that the transition starts from the ground up. What they mean by that is that it is your legs and hips that initiate the downswing shifting your weight onto your front foot. The downswing is a simple reverse order of the backswing. The order of the backswing is club, hands, arms, shoulders, core/hips and then front knee. If you simply reverse that order you have the order of the downswing.

While it is said that the downswing starts from the ground up, everyone has different feels and triggers. For instance, I feel my left lat muscle pull to start the unwinding in my downswing. Of course, as it does it pushes my weight to my front foot and unwinds my hips. Some players actually feel they start the downswing by pulling their left shoulder out from under their chin while others drop the right shoulder. I'm talking from a right hander's perspective here as you haven't filled out your profile so I'm not sure which you are.

My answer is not meant to confuse you, but rather let you know that everyone is different, every swing is different, and every feel is different. Without seeing your swing it is hard for me to know what you need to do differently or feel differently to start your downswing, but hopefully this will give you some ideas.

Also, note that as a Pro Student you could send your swing in for analysis and also view 150 premium drill videos.

Kerry, give some of those ideas a try and let me know how it goes.



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