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
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.
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.
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.