Impact Golf Swing: Arm drop of power! Week#8

http://www.simpleswingthoughts.com Hey everyone in this video Terry is going to explain the impact golf swing position.

At the top of the backswing in golf you want to drop your arms straight down, keeping your head behind the ball, to start the downswing. This does a few things, it keeps your weight on your trail side as your club comes into impact. This is very important in the impact golf swing. The right elbow will come down and seal to our right side.

As the arms are dropping the right side begins to speed up during the arm drop picking up club head speed and power. As your arms drop and come into impact the trail shoulder stays underneath the lead elbow until impact. This promotes an inside approach swing path to the golf ball.

When we approach the mid way point on the downswing, called the slot position, the hip begin to clear to make room for the golf club. This natural clearing only happens if your head position stays behind the ball.

When the club shaft is parallel to the ground and approaching impact golf swing position the trail forearm will deliver the power blow through the golf ball if you set your grip the the bowed leverage position at set up. When we get into this position the trail side shuts down so the energy can pass to the lead side. If the trail side kept going then there would be no energy transfer for power. This is why there is no energy in casting because all the energy has been absorbed when the wrist break. Very important concept in the impact golf swing position.

At impact everything flattens out, the wrists flatten, the arms straighten out etc…this is where the energy transfer takes place from tail side to lead side. This is the only place in the golf swing where your arms are totally straight. There is absolutely no flipping here at the ball, as the club rotates through the club squares for a split second then it rotates through to the lead side on the swing plane.

During the slot position in the impact golf swing, you want the club shaft vertical with the shaft in the middle of your bicep. This position promotes the club getting out in front of you and not getting stuck.

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12 Comments

  1. Terry I enjoyed video and can't wait to work on this drill in 2015. I was looking at another video (youtube Bradley Hughes Golf- Sergio Garcia's Magic Swing)  a rear view it shows Garcia's club almost in line with his right forearm coming down vs between top of shoulder and elbow as you indicated which is better, I've heard this before, does it matter?

  2. Great video! I incorporated your swing thoughts and it absolutely improved the amount of time my club is on the ball. I'm a 4 handicap and this is going to take my game to the next level.

  3. Interesting take and I agree with all of it except the description of the arm drop is very misleading. A lot of teachers explain it as a "drop". You really can't drop your arms because they are connected to your shoulders! I like to think of it as simply unfolding/uncurling the right arm as you make the turn. It's a motion so it won't look like it might feel as long as you keep swinging through the ball. So try that if you are having trouble with the concept. I'm no instructor but I've been playing frequently for over 20 years and would never want anyone to endure struggles like some of the ones I've had over the years trying to interpret some of these explanations that are out there.

  4. Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't one of your vids say that to have forward lean on the clubshaft one actually moves or "bumps" the hips to the left instead of simply moving the hands forward? Very confusing. I've attempted to practice some of your techniques as they seem very sound however I found myself topping 90% of the balls I hit. Don't know if it's because I'm attempting to maintain the forward leading clubshaft or what but I had a lot of difficulty. I would appreciate any input – I think having a sound understanding of key components to a golf swing could definitely lead to more consistency however I'm obviously doing something incorrect with your techniques…

  5. Your grip and posture info has helped me enormously and I'm hitting the ball best ive ever done.
    I did try this ' arm drop' move but it made me steep and i had issues which have been mentioned here. Instead of dropping the arms i now lead with the right elbow as explained by monte scheinblum (search monte scheinblum right elbow).
    This helps shallow the club and squares it for impact, sound advise.
    Hope you don't mind me mentioning this, keep up the good work.

  6. So you are saying the swing starts with a drop of the hands, but I've learned that the down swing starts from the ground up. I do not do much with my legs, but I bump my hip to the left, which then starts to pull the arms down.. and I am then turning my hips to the left, which is causing more club speed and is bringing my head down with it.

    oh, and what is the point of using a super flexible shaft? Just to make it look like you are generating a ton of power by dropping your hands? Why be deceiving?

  7. Actually, he's slightly wrong about the rotation of the wrists. From a "cocked"position in which the club is horizontal to the shaft being in line with the shoulder and ball, the forearms have to rotate (right pronation and left supination). This squares the clubface at impact and the straight line release is a little bit of an illusion in that it is a continuation of the pronation/supination of the forearms and seems after impact purely because the swing arc / angular momentum carries the club face/shaft through the impact zone. From a perspective of how the ball is best hit, IMO he is ABSOLUTELY ON POINT. After studying well over a 100 hours of videos and reading, it was the realization that a simple vertical dropping of the club / hands (as he ascribes) is the exact way to initiate the downswing as that motion automatically engages the hips to "bump" left at the same time. For some, thinking about bumping the hips helps but I found that it often led to me swinging too often from the top or spinning out. The "drop" is what puts the handle of the club into the proper position to follow the swing path that leads to a solid strike. Some might be able to drop the club more actively to increase the speed but the greater risk in that is there is a tendency to pull your R should down and slightly initiate rotation of your L shoulder coming off plane and leading to swinging over the top. The over the top tendency has always been my worst tendency, even when playing at a moderately high level when younger. These swing revelations have only occurred in the past week and I've only had time to work on it one session but it felt right (in positioning) almost immediately. I used to play as well as a 5-6 handicap but never felt I was as consistent or understood the physics of the swing as I do now. In the athleticism of youth, I could usually compensate but with age comes so much less margin for error!! I always liked swinging aggressively, like my idol Arnold Palmer, so I always thought it best to go at the ball hard almost immediately. Unfortunately, the might work great occasionally but it often led to over-the-top tendencies under pressure or in high winds. A smooth simple drop of the arms didn't feel aggressive enough but no coach ever told me that it set up the club position to allow going at it very very aggressively on plane. The greatest example I can think of that does this is Fred Couples and he generates huge power and it appears without effort. I'd be interested in comments pro or con.

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