Mastering the New Golf Swing Sequence
Getting your swing in sequence is essential if you are going to maximize your power and accuracy potential. Even if you have everything in the right positions during the swing, it will all be wasted if you aren’t able to get it working in the right sequence. Timing is key in golf, and the sequencing of how your hips, arms, and hands work to lead the club into the ball is vital to good ball striking throughout the round. While sequencing can be a tough thing to learn when just getting started, it is worth spending time trying to master because it can help you achieve your best golf.
The following three points are important when working on swing sequencing –
- Hips go first. As you reach to the top of your backswing and get ready to unwind down toward the ball, remember that your hips should be initiating the action. By using your lower body to start the downswing, you are putting everything in a good position to be successful for the rest of the swing. If you were to start your downswing with your arms instead of your legs, the sequencing would be thrown off right from the start and you will have almost no chance of recovering.
- Pull the arms down. You don’t want to feel like you are working too hard with your arms during the swing – in fact, your arms should be in a passive role as they are pulled into position by the rotation of the rest of your body. When the lower body does a good job of unwinding toward the target, and you stay down into your posture properly, your arms should fall into place naturally without much effort on your part.
- Club goes last. The most important rule regarding swing sequencing is that the club should come through the hitting zone last. The rest of your body is responsible for building up speed in the swing, so allow it all to rotate through as the club accelerates faster and faster in the downswing. Only when the rest of your body has made its rotation toward the target should the club come through and actually impact the ball. This kind of sequencing is a little bit uncomfortable at first if it is new to you – but it is the proper way to hit the ball with power and consistency.