Mr. Burke on Controlling the Swing With Body Rotation

File Oct 09, 8 53 13 AM.pngOne of Jackie Burke Jr's favorite saying is "you feel great shots with your hands... you don't produce them with your hands."  That is, when you flush a tee shot down the fairway, while the prefect content is felt through your only link to the club- the hands- that perfect content was not produced by the manipulation of your hands.

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Today in Secret Instruction, Jackie Burke explains the importance of letting power and clubhead speed accumulate via the rotation of the body, pivot, and passiveness of the hands.  He explains the "motor" of a consistent golf swing, and how you might be focusing on the wrong things when it comes to controlling the golf club.

Find out more in the video below:

He points out several keys about the hands' role in the golf swing:

  • The hands should not be jerked away during the backswing, as the rotation of the body should govern the movement of the club during the backswing
  • Power is slow, and should be accumulated over the course of the backswing, not all at once through forced manipulation of the hands.
  • Don't overburden yourself with hitting certain "checkpoints" in the swing with the hands or club.  Mr. Burke simply thought about pointing the club at the target at the back of the swing, and letting the rotation of his body take the club where it needs to go.

An easy way to accomplish this is by focusing on grip pressure in the early parts of the swing.  While constant grip pressure cannot be maintained over the course of the swing as the clubhead speeds up and the pressure in the grip will increase accordingly, focusing on softening your grip pressure during the backswing will result in a more balanced takeaway that allows your body to  do the majority of the work.

Just remember- in the golf swing, power is accumulated, not forced.

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