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Kinetmatic Sequence

Kinematic Sequence is the order in which different body parts move in the golf swing. It is typically used to describe how the hips, shoulders and arms fire in the downswing. In a proper kinematic sequence each body part will transfer energy into the next as it starts to slow. In the downswing the hips fire first and as they start to slow, the energy then transfers into the shoulders. After the shoulders fire and start to slow they transfer energy into the arms and then finally into the club. It is key to have a correct kinematic sequence to be able to achieve maximum distance and control.

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  • Great Players Generate Speed the Same Way

    All great ball strikers generate speed the same way in the golf swing. This is called the kinematic sequence. What this sequence defines is the transfer of energy from your hips to your shoulders and then to your arms and finally to the ball. After your hips fire in the downswing they will start to slow and then the energy is transferred into your shoulders. Your shoulders do the same. They accelerate using the energy from the hips and as they slow, they then transfer the energy into your arms which fire and transfer the speed and energy into the ball. In order to have a proper kinematic sequence you need to have the flexibility and strength in the various body parts involved.

  • Keep Increasing Acceleration

    When driving be sure to gradually build your acceleration throughout the downswing so that it hits peak speed at the ball. If you jump at the ball from the top of your swing and try to hit it hard, you will actually be decelerating by time you get to the ball. Accelerating from the top also throws off your kinematic sequence and causes your swing to get out of sync. This not only decreases your speed, but can also throw your swing off plane.

  • Keep Your Arms and Chest in Sync

    When pitching, in order to have consistent strikes it's important to keep your arms and chest swinging in sync. This holds partially true for the hips as well. The last thing you want on a small finesse type shot is to have different body parts accelerating at different rates of speed. For instance if you fire your hips and spin them open, but leave your arms lagging behind you are likely to come into impact late and with an open face. The opposite is true if your arms out race your body, you are likely to pull shots. When you keep everything moving at the same rate of rotation however, you are more likely to deliver the face to impact square.

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