If you have been searching for a solution on how to put more effortless power into your golf game, then I'm gonna show you how the 2015 Humana Challenge Champion Bill Haas powers his golf swing from the ground up. Now let's go ahead and get started.
Okay guys, so I want to spend some time this week talking about downswing sequencing and what it actually means to power the golf swing from the ground up. I know a lot of us have probably heard that expression and if you really kind of grab ahold of the idea of what that means, and hopefully this review will give you a good indication of what it means. It'll certainly help you overcome a lot of those big faults you have in your golf swing.
If you notice that you have a loss of lag or if you have poor balance, if you notice that you come way over the top, if you get a good prioritized list of things that are of what are supposed to fire when in the downward move, it'll be much easier to preserve lag and it'll be much easier to take that stored power up and turn it into speed at impact.
So I think it's best if we look at where we're trying to get to first before I talk about how to get there. And if you look here at his impact position, this is a driver swing. You can see that he's got a nice stacked up left side, got a little bit of secondary access tilt here. So you can see this is a driver swing now so we normally would see a pretty drastic increase in secondary access tilt because a lot of golf pros really try to launch the ball really high in the air that's where we make some driver set up adjustments.
But very good stacked up left side appearance here. Overall a pretty textbook looking impact position. So how do we get to this position, from the top of the golf swing position down? That's our big question today.
So if we go ahead, and I'm gonna load Bill right up to the top of his swing, probably one of the better working transitions I see in modern golf today. I'm gonna ahead and mark the club position, the club head. I'm also gonna mark the outside part of his lead thigh here so you have a good, clear understanding of what's gonna start.
So when golfers load up to this position here, the tendency for amateur golfers is to start to use their shoulders and their arms way too early. Now I like to think of the lower body as the dump truck in our golf swing. It's big, it's powerful but it's really slow. We need the dump truck to kind of pull things and get things moving in the golf swing in order to get things stabilized and make sure that we're gonna be able to utilize all the power.
I think of the arms and the hands as kind of a Ferrari. If you get to the golf swing and you start to use your shoulders and your arms way too early, you're gonna get into a race with those hand and arms and lower body and guess what? Those arms are gonna be really fast and they can actually make your lower body not work at all. It can cause you to hang back, it can cause you to throw the club very early, which in turn, you're gonna lose lag.
So the idea is that we want to keep the Ferraris in the garage for a little bit. We want the dump truck really to kind of start our party out. So how do we do that? So when we get to the top part of our golf swing, what do we need to do to get the lower body really working. You're gonna see a very good sized shift of the hips here. Okay, so you can see a good shift of the weight over to that lead side. So now you can see that his outside part of his thigh has moved a good six, seven, eight inches or so.
And notice how the club has moved virtually the same amount of space. So the hands and the arms and the shoulders didn't do anything at this point. All we did from the top part of the golf swing to start the downward move was shift our weight.
Now what do we do to get things further down into the hitting area? Well the first and foremost thing that we want to look for in order to get that golf swing that's powered from the ground up is we want to stabilize.
So when you get your weight shifted over to that left side, now we need to start to stabilize by pushing that left heel into the ground. Pushing the left heel into the ground is gonna get those glute muscles really contracted and it's also gonna create some resistance from the ground. It's gonna act more like a piston. So you push into the ground like that, it's gonna make the leg work more to a straight position. So that's allowing you go leverage the ground.
So stabilizing, once you shift, then stabilize the left side. It's very, very critical for being able to move power up the kinetic chain. But now to get the hands and the arms and the shoulders down in the hitting area, we need to use the core muscles. Our abs, our obliques. We need to use those to start to unwind the torso and right here we're gonna start to use those to unwind.
We're still not using the hands and the arms as much as you would think at this point. The hands, the arms and the shoulders are not really doing much of anything. All we've done now is we're stabilizing the left side, we're using those big muscles, those oblique muscles. That's allowing us to pull the shoulders and the arms down in the hitting area.
A little bit of gravity is moving down there as well but this is the point in the golf swing where we're really starting to post up. And we're gonna start to stall the body out as much as possible because when you start to stall the body, now the hands and arms can act independently from the body and they can release on through.
So you notice here, I'm gonna go ahead and mark the outside, or mark where the club head is now. I'm also gonna mark the buttons on his shirt, and I'll mark the pocket just for good sake here. All right so you can see now this is where he's gonna start to really release the golf club.
Okay, so things are really starting to release hard. Notice that the buttons on the shirt are not moving at all. And the pocket is not moving at all and see how far this club has traveled from this position. There might be a little movement of the buttons but not a ton. And then right on through the hitting area.
Okay, so you can see that this golf club has traveled a good eight feet. The left hip has not moved and the buttons on his shirt have not moved. So this is a very, very textbook way to stall the body and release the club with max speed down in the hitting area.
Now you'll see the buttons move a little bit more as they move through some more frames here and that's just because the hands and the arms are hanging onto the club and the club's got a lot of momentum. And it's pulling us up into our finished position.
So the idea with a properly sequenced golf swing that can help you overcome a lot of those faults with being over the top, loss of lag, loss of balance, the idea is, is to get things motoring with the dump truck. Get your lower body moving first. Once it's shifted over to your lead side, stabilize it. Make sure that it's gonna be able to handle that load, you want to be able to handle all that momentum as you're releasing the club, so stabilize it by driving the left heel into the ground, and then use those core muscles, those engaged core muscles, those abs, those obliques to start to pull ... all right, you're gonna create some torso rotation which is gonna now pull the shoulders down into the hitting area, which has now got the hands and the arms more out in front of the body to where you can start to release it on through. And you will have way more speed than you ever had.
Alright, so use this sequencing, use the lower body first always in your downward move. That'll help get things really rocking and rolling.
I got a couple of great videos I want you guys to check out. We've got an awesome video coming out later out in the week that Chuck just put together. It's actually kind of coincides with what I talked about today. That's gonna be coming out as a premium video later in the week.
I also have Three Sources To Increase Power. That's gonna be over on the right hand side of the video player. That's a great video transition drill. That's another good video for you guys to understand how the lower body is gonna work. And then the Straight Left Leg At Impact video. That's a video that I did that talked about the proper muscle engagement. It shows you a good way to find how to get some awareness of those glute muscles because you really need the dump truck kind of getting things started before you can turn those Ferraris and let them loose and have a good old time.
Alright, guys so that's how to properly power a golf swing from the ground up. I wish you all the best and let's get out there and play some great golf.
-Dr. Jeffrey Broker, Assoc. Prof. in Biomechanics at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Former Senior Biomechanist for U.S. Olympics Committee
-Hub Orr - Happy PREMIUM MEMBER of RotarySwing.com
-Sam Jarman, PGA Golf Instructor in the UK