Things in the right order – Part 2

Things in the right order – Part 2

In the first article on “things in the right order” I mentioned the importance of the transition part of our swing. We defined the transition as, when part of our body first changes direction from backward movement to forward movement and when our club head changes direction from an upward movement to a downward movement. In terms of efficient creation and use of energy this doesn’t happen all at the same time.

Below are a couple of drills that should if done properly help you with a good segmental sequence of:-

1.Hips or lower segment – 2. Upper torso – 3. Arms – 4. Club

Towel Flick

Take a club cleaning towel and hold it with your lead hand, I find if I put my other hand on my belt buckle it helps me be aware of my hip movement. Swing the towel back and try and use a good swing sequence to swing the towel through. You will only be using a small swing here.

tiro 1  tiro 3  tiro 3  tiro 4


Swing, Step, Hit drill

The key to this drill is to follow and co-ordinate the correct sequence. Place your feet about 6 inches apart and put the ball position forward and in front of your lead foot. Swing the club about half or tree quarter way back, step to the left and this should then initiate the good sequence to impact and through.

This is a great drill to give a real feel when hitting the ball.

tiro 5 tiro 6  tiro 7  tiro 8



Resistance or Thera band drill

If you have access to a stretchy resistance band secure one end to something, or if you use a gym you can also do this with a fixed pulley machine. Do the drill slowly going through each of the four phases of the sequence smoothly. Hold onto the band with your left hand and hold your wrist with your right hand.

tiro 9  tiro 10  tiro 11  tiro 12

Paul Thompson has been the Fellow PGA Professional at Powerscourt Golf Club in Wicklow since 1995. In addition to providing coaching on-site he also is a coach with The Golfing Union of Ireland. Appointments with Paul can be booked via Powerscourt Golf Club Reception: Tel (01) 204 6033 or the Golf Shop Tel (01) 204 6031. Read more about lessons from Paul Thompson by visiting the Powerscourt Golf Club Website.

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