I’ve talked at length about leverage and the “Drop & Pop” with regards to the down swing, but in reality, it all begins with the setup.
I wrote a blog posting a while back about how “rotation” is the enemy of leverage, and this addresses the upper body and trying to “rotate” in the down swing – nothing good can come from that.
Most people who are steep in their down swing, who come over the top, who have an out-to-in club path at impact (and not by design), or who hit a lot of pulls, usually have something with regards to early upper body rotation contributing to their problems.
With Fluffy, and in our most recent Skype session, I tried to stress to him the importance of not thinking of “rotation” or “turning” in the down swing.
There is of course rotation in the down swing, but it’s not something you should be thinking about – the rotation is in the hips and will occur naturally when you are transitioning properly to the “Drop & Pop” action.
When you are swinging a golf club, you are ideally supposed to go from square shoulders at address back to square shoulders (to the target line) at impact.
In the below clip, Fluffy The Man wasn’t getting aggressively enough into the leading hip and I wanted to give him just a couple of things to think about on the down swing.
If you listen to the sound of his swings at impact from the 1st swing compared to the next, you will hear a definite difference in sound, and you’ll know why he reacted to the 2nd drive
The action of the hips with the transfer of the pressure to the leading foot produces that natural “slide and turn” of the hips, which in turn engage the Primary Lever to leverage the hands and club to the “3 O’Clock” position, which is the “Drop” in the “Drop & Pop,” and before you know it, you’re at and through impact, which of course is the “Pop” action from the “3 to 9” positions.
Pretty simple isn’t it?
In fact, the hardest part of the whole concept is first, to make sure you’re setting up properly with the correct bias and tilt (and of course ball position and grip), and then to conquer that impulse to “turn” through the down swing.
Once you’ve achieved the first goal, you’ll be in great shape overall – but when you conquer that “turn” impulse, you’ll really be dropping and popping:
As you can see in my swing above, there is no hint of any upper body “rotation” until my shoulders get back to square at impact – the hip action and weight transfer are all that are required to get my shoulders back from a 90 degree from address, back to impact!
targettom sent me the below article, with which I strongly disagree, of course – because the gentleman in question is talking about “over-rotation” but with regards to the hips in the back pivot:
“Over-Rotation Is Killing Your Power”
His contention is that lack of power or being too long in the back swing is a hip turn problem.
There is no such thing as over-rotation of the hips on the back swing pivot – I’ve shown that the “too-long” back swing is caused not by hip action but by arm and wrist angles at the top, which we discussed in the “MCS – The Kinetic Chain” video:
If you’re way past parallel at the top, the solution is to adjust your top position, not to restrict your hip turn!
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