Improving Your Golf Downswing
Hey everybody Danny Maude here, thanks for joining us, did you know that your golf downswing just takes about half a second to complete what’s? Half a second that’s, half a second! That’s! Not enough time! Is it to start to make loads of changes in the downswing to hit good golf shots, which places a major emphasis on your backswing? You need to make sure that when you move that golf club away in the backswing, it is in a great slot so that your golf downswing can basically free flow right.
The problem is, if you get out of position early or get out of position, your golf backswing. You have’ T got a lot of time to make that up and when you try. This is when you get into problems it’s.
When you get into the poor ball, striking poor direction, loss of distance – you name it so in this week’s training I’m, going to share with you one of the major thoughts one of the biggest thoughts. I see that ruins so many golf swings and it starts actually in your golf swing.
The takeaway we’re, going to fix that problem in the golf takeaway. You get the takeaway right then, what we’re going to show you is exactly what you do from the take away moving into the backswing, because if you can nail this position here, you don’t have to make too many Compensations in the downswing, you improve your overall consistency in the golf swing before i get into the video look.
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So by the end of this video, i want to get you into a position, your backswing here that is going to allow you to become much more consistent in your approach to the boss. You just generally hit much much more consistent shots.
So, in order to do that, we’re, going to do three things. We’re, going to, first of all, show you exactly how the golf club works up and down consistently and how you can do that. How you can feel that how the body complements that stay tuned as well for number three, which is basically how you can really feel and enhance the feel of this all right.
So, first things first in the golf takeaway. What i want you to be able to do here, is you see with any top golfer? They have a wonderful coordinated move away from where the body and the arms are all beautifully working away together here.
What they’re, not doing is they’re, not independently working. Well, look at this. My hands here work independently of my body. My arms are working independently, my body that’s, not what we want. We want a coordinated motion away.
All right that coordinate edge motion continues. All the way to the top of the swing question is: how can you go about starting that? Well, the first thing i want to do is this: take set up to the ball just for a second like this right, split your hands and then literally, do this put them up like this.
Okay, the trailing arm is pointing directly towards you. Now, take your lead hand off the golf club. Now all I’m going to do now. Is this. I want you now to start to make a move into your backswing, where you’re, going to imagine that you’re, going to put your thumb in your ear.
Okay or the golf club down the target line and look the butt end right down towards your target. It’s. All you’re gonna do simply this now, as you’re. Doing this you might say, depending on your flexibility you might start to feel some kind of aches and pains and whatever you go to your flexible limit.
But what i’m doing here is: I’m, simply training the way the club moves now. What you can also do here – and I’m gonna give a bit of a shout out to my friends, andy and pierce at me, and my golf here and there their great video with alder is, as you’re doing.
This motion, as you move back, i want you to imagine the butt end here, pointing in between your target line and your foot line somewhere in between most golfers. The biggest mistake they’re making is this: they work around too much their shoulder works around their hands work around their arms workaround they don’t work up, and i want you to feel what this golf club is doing here.
As it’s, naturally working up to the top, so it’s a point that’s, your checkpoint butts pointing in between foot and ball and then simply point club towards target simple. As that just develops that simple sensation.
It is not this by the way which one of my students did recently. You can see a difference pulling the club back here where’s, the book, pointing down there, pointing towards the camera or away from your club down the target line right now that’s, the easy bit.
The tricky bit is when, if you look at this lead side, this is the biggest killer. What stops happening is when you put your left hand on your lead hand on here. Is this: when i do this, most people can’t reach.
So what they block this lead site, just doesn’t, really move, and the problem now is this: if i put my left hand on now, okay and i don’t move this left side, i can’t. I can get to maybe that ball position, but i can’t get any further, so that’s.
When i start to make compensations that’s when i might just lift my arms up, i might roll my wrists around, but i start to become uncoordinated simply because this lead side becomes blocked so step. Two now is to show you how you can actually unblock this lead side, so you can start to create a much more coordinated motion so step.
Two is this: if you can stop the video get yourself set and what I’m going to do. Is this put your arms by your side, we’re, going to feel exactly how the body works in the backswing, so there is a natural extension of the trailside and inflection of the lead side.
Simply this just feels backward and forwards. Okay, this is your backswing. Flexion here extension here most problems occur because what you’re doing is this: you are moving your body around and around.
There is no flexion or extension. It’s just doing this, and this causes all of this – the roundness, okay, and then, when this works around. You might then try to put the club in position, but you’re now, artificially doing it, we don’t want that.
We want it to be a coordinated motion, awareness to support this. What i want you to do is get yourself set. Now we’re, going to now get the flexion here and extension, but now workaround. So we’re going to put the arm towards here.
Now we’ve got the extension and a bit of rotation all in one. This now looks. Can you see how now look this lead? The shoulder is unblocked and it’s starting to work around. I can now reach quite a long way towards you now.
Why? Because I’m under now notice. This i haven’t reached over to it there. This would be staying level. I’ve reached under. Why? Because this is inflection, this extension there now you’ve got that sensation.
I’d, spend some time with that as well, by the way, just feeling how this body works back and through now you’ve got the motion. Look at this now, what we’re going to do. We’re, going to do the exercise again put that into position here.
Put that into position here, but now watch i’m going to extend and flex now it’s a lot easier for me to get around. Look there we go makes sense now what we do go to split hand again for a second now what we’re going to do.
Are we move to this ball here? I want you to imagine how you’re, going to simply extend as this butt points here. Extend that motion one. Now we’re joining those two things together, extend and as we keep going up up up up, we keep extending now it’s, pointing towards you.
Now we’re talking now we’re starting now. We can join the hands together with the same principle. We’re, going to point the butt to here, but as we do this, we’re, going to extend that body as the club look works upwards.
Look how natural this also keeps you very steady. The body is rotating yes, but it’s, not rotating! Look! If i rotate here and stay level, i work off the ball now. Look I’m, pointing the butt towards there.
I’m, really working it up from here. All we’re going to do. The downswing is reverse that process. Where ultimately, here look, the trailside will start to flex. The lead side will start to naturally extend and that’s, how we then release the ball staying nice and level here we’re, not turning through staying level here.
This is what i see with a lot of people who slice if your slices is really normal fire it through I’ve got some detailed videos on the downswing sequence. Up in this top, right-hand corner so goes and check that out after this video now we want to hit some balls first before we move on to step three, we want to start hitting a few shots.
So what I’m going to do now is just start to add some flow to this. So we’ll, make some swings and see if you start forward. First, just get some momentum, and then what we’re going to do is we’re going to go into this point in the butt at that middle ball here, whilst we flow into extension and notice, i’m, not Trying to complete my swing at this stage, I’m, trying to feel this takeaway motion backward and forwards.
Look how coordinated that is without the extension and my arms now are starting to take over with the extension here. I help to coordinate the body and the arms beautifully with the club. Let’s, hit a few shots.
Just doing that, so point it and away. We go nice strike. Okay, so once you’ve done that, then what we want to do is start to simply extend it from here to make a fuller swing. Now fuller swing have a look at this.
The butt is pointing towards you and the club is pointing towards the target. This is where you know everything is wound up coordinated in a very powerful, consistent position, but this is where you may go wrong.
This bit is lovely. It’s fairly easy to get to once you get the habit here is where it requires a bit more stretch. There’s, going to be limit to maybe your flexibility, so we ‘ Ve got to figure out where that is but notice this when people get to here, then what they do is they start to cheat? This starts to stop.
This then stops the arms start to take over. They start to spread like this move around. Where’s, the butt pointing it’s, not pointing towards you anymore? Is it? Where’s, the club, pointing over there somewhere yeah? It starts to move all around because suddenly the arms start to get very disconnected.
Why? Because this is locked somewhere so exercise here once you’re here, just pull on the shaft a little bit here, pull it towards the target, so you can feel it! You can see this that is pulling me around it’s.
Continuing to pull me around and upwards keep the extension going up. Then you can find wherever your flexible limit is going to be right. Once you’ve done that then hit a few shots, but just stay tuned, because if you’re still struggling, there may be one other thing, and i’m going to give you the h drill, just to kind of Unlock something else, but from here i would again same again just find the rhythm into your backswing find that motion.
As far as you can and then away, we go okay, simple as that now the second phase. So if you are still struggling to really get this complete if you’re really struggling to get around one, it’s, going to be flexibility, but this is probably the final piece of the jigsaw if this is working great.
But this isn’t. It’s, usually because your feet here are very planted. They’re, not really allowing to move, and what i mean by that is this with all freedom of motion. When you make a backswing, the pressure goes to the front part of your lead foot, the heel of your um trail foot.
Here this is: what’s, going to help you to get around right a nap too often, I’m. Seeing these feet almost staying quite even here, and they’re, almost rigid staying fixed that locks, your knees, lock your legs and it’s impossible to move.
So one thing you can do is a simple exercise to start off with this. Take an alignment stick or a golf club, doesn’t, really matter, put it on the ground. Okay simply put your feet, so your toes front part foots at one end your heels at the other end, and all you’re going to do from here is do the exercise now and what you’re going to do is.
Is that simple? Stick just simply is going to give you some awareness as to where your weight is relative to the front and back part of both feet. You should be at the top here. You should find that your weight is in the inside of your heel and the front part of your lead foot here.
That means you’re, unlocking the lower body, if you find that actually, it’s still fairly, even across both feet, you know that it’s, locked it’s, just a simple feedback station great exercise, and You can certainly hit shots like that.
My recent student paul – i got him to kind of he didn’t. He couldn’t feel it. He was almost when he got to the top of his swing. His heel was actually off the ground that really restricted his motion.
He wasn’t aware of it. We put this in place. He got some level of feedback, he asked again. Ah, there we go and that then unlocked this section and now allowed him to again make a much more coordinated, backswing and therefore more consistent shocks to really enhance it.
You move to make it an uh, the h exercise or the h drill simply put. Two alignment sticks again: golf clubs will be absolutely fine, and all this does here is really enhanced. Your feel even more. If you imagine your foot here, all we ‘
Ve done is divided it across, so you can feel front and back and now we’ve divided down the middle, so you can even feel the quadrants again. Why is this important? Because the foot doesn’t just move front and back there’s, also a spiral here so from here.
Look I’m. Simply now. I can feel the weight going to the inside of my lead foot and the inside here of my trail foot. This is just again just a simple feedback station backward and forwards really sensing that motion that’s.
All it’s about i’ve mentioned the twisting of the discs in many of my videos where i talk about turning the discs here that simple feedback station just gives you the feel. Are you actually doing it a lot of people when they’re trying here they’re? Turning like this, they’re, not turning like this okay, and this all gives you that’s great feedback.
So let’s summarize. If you need to get, are you you’re, struggling with consistency most of the time, because the downswing just takes half a second? It’s, usually because you’re in the wrong place at the top of the backswing to get into the right place.
Take your trail arm here. Just practice sticking the club towards the target backward and forwards butt towards camera here backward and forwards, nothing more complicated than that. Then all we’re going to do.
Is this peeler? We’re, going to put a ball in line in between the foot line. Point it at that line. Here then complement it with the body. If you’re going, if you’re struggling with this, it’s, because often this leads side is blocked.
Complement it with the body unlock the body here, wow extension and flexion. That’s all it is. This, then allows the body to complement. This motion helps this lead arm, get around here backward and forwards.
Now the body can work with this trailing arm, as opposed to looking, can’t work. If you don’t move it now with extension flexion you can and it’s as simple as that start small, gradually build it up, and then use it.
Maybe the h drill again for extra feedback. If you’re really sometimes struggling to feel what’s going on at the ground, so super simple to find some rhythm hit a few shots. If you enjoy the video, give it a little thumbs up and, of course, look if you’re new to the channel press that subscribes button and the bell, but remember there’s, a free, download or practice plan in the description box below so you never have to remember a thing until next week have a great golfing week.