This is the second post on the role of the arms in golf. In this post I will talk about the arms in the golf transition. Last time I showed you what the arms should be doing in the back swing and how incredibly simple it was. If you missed that please go to The Role of the arms in the Golf Swing first unless you are specifically interested in the down swing only.
In this post I will show you the role of the arms in the golf transition to the down swing. If anything this is even simpler than the back swing. I really want to show and demonstrate to you how simple this game can be when the fundamentals are correct. I also want to show you how simple the fundamentals are.and how quickly you can mould a correct and effective swing. Once you have achieved this you can stand over a ball without the fear and anxiety and start to enjoy your golf. It will not take long to achieve this and it will be worth the effort.
At the end of the last post I left you at the top of the swing. You have swung the club back and up on plane and you are coiled, poised and ready to swing down and through the ball.
The first move does not involve your arms although they will move. If you look at the illustration below you will see the angle marked with two lines which are formed between the club line and the torso. For a brief moment you need to retain this angle and then shift your hips very slightly to the left whilst pivoting around a point at the base of your neck which remains static. Because you are rotating around the swing centre and retaining the angle mentioned above your arms will shift to the right and drop slightly. The illustrations below show this clearly. Do not rotate the shoulders during this move.
As you can see in the second illustration above, the slight shift of the hips towards the target without allowing the head to move towards the target has dropped the arms and club automatically and without any conscious movement of the arms by the player. This is how you will start your down swing. At the end of this little rocking move simply carry on down and through with the full swing. I will discuss this in the next post in this series.
Practise this move and see just how simple it is. Its a simple rocking motion without change in the arms/head/torso geometry. Feel it as a rocking motion and mentally use it as a trigger for the down swing.
It should also feel as though your lower body has commenced the down swing move and left the arms behind, which is exactly what we should be doing.
As an exercise, take the club to the top and practise this rocking motion back and forward several times. You can rock back and forward several times and then transition to the full down swing after performing your practise rocks. Remember to watch your reflection to see what you are doing
Remember also that your upper left arm must remain hard up against your left pectoral muscle throughout this move. It is that tight contact which will guide and control the the arms throughout the early part of your down swing.
More on that in the next post.