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Coaches Corner - Starting the Backswing sets the tone

Monday, December 4th, 2017 posted by LWGS

Coaches Corner - Starting the Backswing sets the tone

How your first movement of the club sets the tone.

Once we have covered all the pre swing fundamentals like grip, alignment and posture we are ready to go right? Just what am I starting with? Consider this, the club head in a golf swing moves roughly 27ft your hands about 9ft and your lead shoulder about 1ft and most people would be taught that you finish your backswing when your body finishes coiling up. So if this is the case why would you begin your takeaway with the lead shoulder which moves the shortest distance?

Yes this encourages the 'one piece take away' that many consider to be the proper way to swing the club, however it can also lead to many problems. The backswing getting too long, the trail elbow 'flying' in the backswing, the shoulder plane getting too steep us to name a few. It also can help players keep their hands and club more 'in front' of their chest, create better club face angles and feel a better rotation. These are all important factors when it comes to making a good golf swing but do the benefits outweigh the pitfalls?

Now consider moving the clubhead first in your takeaway seeing as though that has to go the furthest. With this motion you run the risk of flicking the clubhead inside, not getting a good rotation in your backswing, feeling like your arms take over your backswing. This motion however sets the wrists a bit earlier, keeps the club moving in sequence with your body which can help prevent the club being 'stuck' behind you in the downswing. This move can also help provide the crrect loft at the ball through impact, not delofting it too much through poor sequencing. Again these are all important factors when making a golf swing, so what are you to do?

This list is by no means exhaustive but it does show that both ways have their benefits and negative aspects. To properly get your golf swing on track creating the correct movement at the start for you is crucial and can help you throughout your swing. To find out what exactly is needed for you come and book in with our professionals. Remember it's your golf game so your coaching should be tailored to suit.

Happy Golfing.                                                                                 

 

 

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