The backswing has prepared us for the phase the action of bringing the club head back to the ball with the full uninhibited release of controlled power. Understand this movement will improve your golf swing. It is the downswing.
Here we see the value of strong, well-trained hands and the development of upper-arm-leverage.
The lower part of the body in the downswing, from the left foot up to the hips, is now undergoing a full lateral movement controlled by the left foot. While there should be no lateral movement in the backswing you can use all you can get into the downswing. Indeed it is of paramount importance to get this lateral shift. But see that it is made only from the hips downwards. The head must not join in this shift or more harm than good will be done.
The triple combination consists of:
(a) the lateral shift,
(b) the driving downwards with the hands and left arm at the start of the downswing, and
(c) the club being brought down BEHIND the hands and not being allowed to climb over them.
This sets you up for the really professional movement into the ball with the club-head accelerating through the hitting area.
It is a combination which, more than anything else, MAKES the movement into the ball. It is a priceless asset which you must work to acquire and mastery of the three movements outlined will give it to you.
When you do achieve it the "feel" of the combined action will be unmistakable and you should have no difficulty in retaining it. When you have this "feel" you cannot help but improve your golf swing.
In this way the build-up of power in the hands and wrists is completed and sustained as you reach the hitting area.
Throughout all this the right elbow remains passive. It will not disrupt the action if you have set the elbow properly in the address and kept the left arm the master arm in tracing out the path of the club head. The factors which make the left arm the master arm are upper-arm-leverage in the backswing and the triple combination in the downswing.
This combination will take care of the shoulder turn in the downswing. Ah! Those shoulders. How many players fail to keep them back long enough in the return movement to the ball. The shoulder turn must be delayed if they are to be in line, instead of across-line, at impact. You know now how to keep them back.
The hips are shifting with the general movement, the left hip moving out of the way to make room for the arms and hands to do their work.
You will not need to pay undue attention to the hips unless you are short and stocky or one of the over-forties in which case you may need to dwell on the right hip-action and understand how it works.
It moved well back with the body turn in the backswing and now it comes into the lateral movement in the return movement to the ball. What you have to beware of is any tendency for the right hip to move out towards the ball. Picture its path in the downswing as being inside the path it took on the way back in the backswing.
With the shoulders, hands and club head coming last into this movement back to the ball, you will be sufficiently poised by the time the hands are level with the right hip to let them go through without attempting to force them. Our triple combination has given the hands the momentum to release the accumulated power in the required direction and that is into the back of the ball and on along the line of flight.
This crucial part of your swing should be regularly practiced and you will thus be able to improve your golf swing.
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