In fact, it is the perfect description of what’s going on with a perfect (or as close to it as you can get to perfect) down swing action leveraged by the leading side and powered by the trailing arm.
In his comment, Goose said the following, in part:
You have to swing DOWN… It’s the only way to get full acceleration and not break the pendulum.
And that, friends, is the shortest and best way to describe the down swing action that combines the dual aspects of gravity & leverage.
I’ve been talking about how even a right-dominant swinger needs both sides of the body working in unison to best leverage the swing down, and of course I’ve talked about the role of gravity in the down swing (and how not to interfere with gravity).
The thing is, the minute I found my tightest leveraging position at the top of the back pivot, I began to feel the gravity in the down swing.
You’ve seen this gif. of the “drop” action of the right arm above, and you can see how it would look in the actual down swing shown below:
Most of the above actions are aided more by the leading side leverage than actual gravity, but by the time the club shaft is reaching parallel to the ground, the end of the “Drop” phase in the “Drop & Pop” action, you will find that gravity gives a big power boost.
Gravity is the turbo-charge to your down swing leverage, and if you build the proper stance, get the proper tight position at the top, then you will really feel it as you practice slow down swings.
Going back to Goose’s comment, this is where you can visualize the “pendulum” action of the swing, but there most people think of the pendulum action of the leading arm, here’s something to think about:
It is not a perfect analogy because the hands are moving from the beginning of the down swing to the finish, but you can think of the green fulcrum above as being the hands, and this pendulum action, you will feel very strongly when swinging slowly from the top and allowing gravity to boost the swing from the “3 O’Clock” point onward.
Because, that’s exactly what the club is doing with the hands in the “3 to9” phase:
When I’m swinging slowly on purpose, I feel gravity begin to force the tip of my SwingRite down (the “pendulum effect”) right around the “3 O’Clock” position.
In fact, this is the reason for many people’s “casting” or early release problems.
If are impeding your down swing in any way by slowing down your shift to the leading leg, slowing or stopping the hip rotation coming down, or even having too loose a top position, then gravity will cause the club to swing down and past the hands before it should, making you “flip” or “cast,” and perhaps even making you hit your shot fat.
This is how powerful the gravity effect is. If you’re not swinging properly, it will cause unwanted things to occur – but if you’re swinging correctly, it makes hitting smooth and powerful irons and big, booming drives all the more easy.
That’s what Mike Dunaway did so excellently in his own down swing:
Leverage lasts from the beginning of the down swing largely to the end, certainly through impact or the swing bottom.
Gravity only lasts from a part shortly into the down swing transition to the swing bottom, but it is a crucial part of the entire swing.
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