One of the ways I have been able to improve my golf swing is by improving the transition and down swing. Now the word down swing can be a little confusing. When I work with my teacher Scott he has always said to me “Don’t swing down. Swing forward.” In the early stages I struggled to grasp this because I had in my head that the hands had to come from shoulder height at the top of the back swing and then come ‘down’ to below my waist at impact. This meant I was pulling down with my hands and is something I still struggle with from time to time.

Scott would tell me to ‘swing forward’ every golf lesson I had. What he was trying to get me to do was actually try and get the hands through the ball and outside your lead leg rather than pulling down towards the ball. What this does is enable you to get your momentum through the ball. It also gets your hands to be slightly passive at the beginning of the transition which allows your lower body to initiate the down swing. The hands obviously have to come down anyway so you don’t have to focus on that. Simply focus on swinging them forward. This will help to get your swing on plane and you will hit more consistent shots.

This is a really simple concept that you can practice with or without a golf ball. It may take a little time to get used to but with a little practice you will find yourself hitting better shots more consistently.

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