Swing The Hands, Not The Club Head & Coming This Fall/Winter!

See the bottom of the posting for the “coming” feature.

It may be counter-intuitive to some or most, but the best thing you can try to do with your golf swing is to “swing the hands,” and not the club head.

When you get caught up with the idea of the shaft or the club head, you will start doing things to try to speed them up and get out of your proper motion, and that is natural.

But when you focus on the hands, good things will happen.

I’m actually doing that right now with my SwingRite as I swing from time to time to keep too much rust from growing on the motion in the off-season.

And if you wonder how it is I can hit drives of over 300 yards without jumping out of my shoes – it’s because I make sure I’m in the proper position from which to make the motion.

This swing below is from 5 months ago, and while I likely am “swinging the hands” more now than I was then, you can see how producing close to 120 mph club impact speed and well over 300 yards driving distance back in “the lab” at TXG Golf facility allowed me to swing very quietly:

The numbers don’t lie, as you can see the distance on another drive taken from a different angle below:

I can see a little too much “club” swinging above compared to what I’ve been doing lately, and I’ll be interested to see how it translates into the ball-striking numbers my next time at the lab, but I feel the difference as I change my visual concept when swinging.

In fact, the visual I’m using right now goes perfectly with the tightened “One Major Move” concept that I showed you all in the “MCs – The Kinetic Chain” video, with the “deep” transition of the weight transfer to the leading foot.

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Additionally, I will be introducing some new stuff over the winter with some podcasting-type videos from home as the snow falls outside – stay tuned for more details!

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8 thoughts on “Swing The Hands, Not The Club Head & Coming This Fall/Winter!

  1. Goose

    DJ, sometimes I like to feel like I am flinging my hands from wrists with all the energy leaving/releasing from my hands. I get a better load of the hands and a deeper release.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Hello, PG – that sounds about right! Years ago I described the action as if one wanted to shake water from one’s hands onto the ground from the top. Your description is pretty close to that, and so I love it! 🙂

  2. Goose

    You bet! It’s always about intention. If you have the right intention/task and are committed to it good things will happen. If your intent is to fling your hands from your wrists (sling the golf club), your subconscious mind will take over and perform the correct task without you thinking about it. At the same time it will do it in a way that you won’t hurt yourself. If the task is to load and fling your hands from your wrists (sling the golf club), your body and subconscious mind will automatically load the rear heel going back and then load the lead heel before you come through.

    1. D Watts Post author

      … your subconscious mind will take over and perform the correct task without you thinking about it….

      Bing and Go, my man 😀

  3. rosser

    DJ . The Video your showing of 5 months ago. Were you using the Kettlebell to perform the pivot get the feel of the right shoulder dropping, left lifting ? From that you will throw with the hands properly ?

    1. D Watts Post author

      Hi rosser!

      Apologies first of all in the delay responding to your email, I’m a little behind on my correspondence but I’ll be getting back to you soon.

      Actually, those swings in this posting are a little out-dated, as I showed afterwards over the summer that the tightening of my “One Major Move” pivot got me to a better impact position with regards to speed and club path.

      I always however have had the “throw release” aspect of the swing that I gleaned from my years studying Mike Austin’s swing model.

      So, no and yes – no, I wasn’t quite getting the Kettle Bell action down the way I have it currently, but yes, absolutely, if you perform the Kettle Bell “One Exercise” drills, you will be able to get that throwing action very well!

    1. D Watts Post author

      Not only that, Goose – the picture at impact shows the lie of the “Using the Ground” nonsense you read online and see on TV.

      Four times his body weight of vertical force at impact, and yet look at his leading foot at that moment:


      Just goes to prove what I’ve been saying about proper “using the ground” action, and the MCS Golf Swing motion does the same to provide vertical force with the leading leg and foot in the “E = MCS” swing video:


      I guess I know what my Saturday posting will be, thanks, Goose! 😉

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