The best players in the world and throughout the history of the game had several things in common. What I have noticed during my 15 years teaching this game to players of all levels is this. Between 8 and 4 o’clock in the swing all of the best players had their body and arms moving through this impact area together. Their arms and core worked as a unit and help keep their swing in sync. If we look at just a few of the photos we can see that the hands are in line with the center of the players body. Zach Johnson, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods to name a few.
They are not way behind trying to get the club to come from the inside or way ahead making the arms more active then the torso. This is due to the fact that these players began the downswing and delivered the club into the impact area ” 8 ‘O’clock to 4 ‘O’clock via the torso or core. When the core is the main driver of the downswing and through impact the arms work in unison with the torso. This not only help the club stay more on plane but also allows the player to create more natural lag and power into impact. I have used a drill that you can find below that help my players feel the core working more than the arms. I have them use this drill as a warm up on the range to get the feeling of the core delivering the club into impact. They begin with small shots then work their way up to full swings. I know that you will find this drill helpful along with helping you keep the ball online. Always remember that the best in the history of the game kept their arms and torso in sync. Try this drill and you will begin to feel what being in sync is all about.
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