This month's tip comes from Cinco Ranch Golf Academy Director of Instruction
Pam Dixon, PGA
KEYS FOR A GOOD POSITION AT THE TOP OF YOUR BACKSWING
The backswing is a swing sequence that takes place immediately after the takeaway and will bring your club up until it reaches the top of the swing.
A great backswing achieves two aims:
1. Positions the golf club in a good position to hit the ball straight.
2. Stores energy and creates distance away from the golf ball to generate club head speed into impact.
Keep in mind that a good backswing is dependent on a solid stance and grip. Poor set-up positions lead to poor swing motions. Good positioning of the golf club at the top of the backswing dictates the return of the club to a good impact position.
The golf backswing plane affects your swing path through impact
It is vitally important to your golf swing that all your body parts work together toward your goal: your target.
Your backswing should begin with all pieces moving in concert. Your hands, arms and shoulders should form a triangle, and as that triangle begins to rotate away from the ball, your hips and legs and feet should move together, making a single, powerful engine ready to launch the ball toward your target. Keeping your lead arm extended on the backswing provides a wide arc and allows your lead shoulder to rotate under your chin. If possible, try to stay grounded with both feet to ensure better stability as you rotate back. Good extension and rotation help to keep the club on the proper plane/path.
The common element among good players is that their left shoulder (right for left-handers) reaches and virtually touches their chin at the top of their swings. This is a great position and virtually guarantees your swing is completely loaded before transitioning to the downswing.
We will discuss the transition and downswing next month….
See you on the course!
Pam Dixon, PGA
Director of Instruction
The Golf Academy at Cinco Ranch
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