Lesson – ‘The Downswing’ as per Rory McIlroy
Todays session with Kevin was the best so far and we managed to get very close to the completed swing necessary for the single figure challenge. The backswing was starting to look more natural so I decided to push on to the technicalities of the downswing.
The downswing is a very complex series of movements that take place in a very short period of time. Luckily for Kevin almost all of these movements are involuntary and need no conscious thought process to initiate them.
However this isn’t as easy as it sounds and is one of the most problematic aspects of the golf swing for the club golfer. When people first start to play the game of golf they are very much reliant on hand eye coordination and understandably so. However for the golfers swing mechanics to improve they must not allow this hand eye coordination to influence the sequence of movements in the downswing. Golf is not a reaction sport as the object being struck is stationary so there should be no reliance on hand eye coordination.
Kevin’s main problem in the downswing is that his hands initiate the sequence of movements leading up to the interaction between the golf club and the golf ball. This stems from his hand eye coordination which helped him when he first started. Here is the current sequence of Kevin’s movements in his downswing:
This delivers the club to the ball before Kevin has had time to fully rotate his body. This rotation allows the club to be travelling in the desired direction at impact and exit post impact in the correct way.
Below is a great example of how the Kevin’s hips and shoulders should be in relation to the target at impact.
As we can see from this image of Rory McIlroy his hips and shoulders have rotated sufficiently in the downswing and are both pointing some amount left of his intended target. His sequence of movements in the downswing are as follows:
This has allowed Rory to open his body prior to impact allowing for the correct swing path and club exit. Currently Kevin’s body isn’t open enough at impact leading to a club which is moving too far to the right.
Once the correct sequence of movements is in place Kevin will be able to deliver the club to the ball with the correct path and he will have a ball flight which will be under greater control with fewer balls flying straight to the right and less hooks left.