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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.

  • Make Sure to Hit the Ground With Practice Swings

    Practice hitting the ground without a ball. Swing down and take a divot about the size of a dollar bill. If you hit the ground, then hit your shot. If you don't make contact with the ground keep trying to take a divot on your practice swing until you get one. Don't hold up play though!

  • Backswing and Forward Swing are Mirror Images

    The back swing and forward swing (after impact) should be mirror images of each other. Halfway back in the backswing and halfway through in the follow through, the butt end of your club should be pointed back at the target line. If it is pointed outside of the target line your swing is too flat. If it is pointed inside the target line your swing is too steep.

  • Keep Your Hands in the Lead

    To store your energy and unleash it into the ball, make sure your hands stay in the lead well in front of the club head on the way down. Allowing the clubhead to pass your hands before impact throws all the energy out of the golf club and causes deceleration. When the clubhead passes your hands you are no longer in control of it either. This can cause shots to spray left and right or come out thin or fat.

  • Look at the Inside Quarter of the Ball

    Try to focus on and hit the inside back quarter of the golf ball. Most good players will tell you to look there as it facilitates and inside/out swing path. An inside/out path will help you to hit either straight shots or draws. Some players look at the ball as a whole and others actually look in front of the ball so that they will hit down and through it. If you are trying to overcome an over the top swing or an outside/in path through the ball however, looking at the back inside quarter of the ball will help.

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