I have a simple gif. I created a little less than 2 years ago to demonstrate the role of gravity in the down swing, but I can’t find the posting for which this gif. was created, so let’s just do it here and now.
I’ve been talking about how, when you do things in correct sequence and from the proper position at the top, you can use leverage and then gravity to really power the club through the swing bottom.
Here is a little experiment, if you’re still a little hazy on it:
- You’ll remember I talked in a previous posting about how gravity in the down swing doesn’t really take hold until you’ve performed the “Drop,” rather at around the “3 O’Clock” position,
- So, take an iron and hold it using your thumb and forefinger, just to prove to yourself that you aren’t using any wrist action,
- Then, take the club back and up, and then slowly swing it down and through, again holding it with only the thumb and forefinger
There will actually be two forces at work when the club shaft approaches parallel to the ground or near the “3 O’Clock” position, and one of the them is gravity:
At the point you see above, where I’ve marked the approximate angle of the shaft – here is where you’ll feel gravity taking over to swing the club down and through – and since you aren’t using the 3rd Lever (the wrists) to move that club, what is doing the work?
Of course, the club is already in motion through the action of the 1st and 2nd Levers, but you will notice the club accelerating quite a bit from the near-3 position down and into the bottom.
That, of course, is gravity at work.
The other force of course is centrifugal force you will feel, because the club head wants to drop straight down but the shaft is keeping it from doing so, making it drop in a pendulum arc.
But there you have it – much if not most of the work in the “3 to 9” phase of the down swing is, or should be performed by gravity, aided of course by your 2nd and 3rd Lever action – remember I said that you use gravity and “give it a boost” with the action of the shift and the arm-wrist action.
This is a lot more easily done with proper mechanics:
… than by straining and twisting through the down phase, and sometimes even having your leading foot leave the ground with your gyrations trying to bring the club through impact with improper leverage and improper mechanical action:
The great thing is that, if you set up properly and make a correct back pivot then the proper down swing shift and mechanical action, you will be using Leverage all the way through the down swing, including when Gravity comes in from the 3 to Impact positions!
In other words, Leverage begins the down swing action and you should have leverage all the way through to the “9 O’Clock” position, at which point you see Dunaway just cruising from the 9 to the finish in the post-impact and follow-through.
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