The Role of the Pivot in Your Golf Downswing Transition

File Oct 02, 8 53 51 AM.pngThe transition is one of the most poorly misunderstood movements in the game.  With the current "hot topic" in golf instruction centered around the shallowing of the shaft in transition, or the counterclockwise movement of the shaft in the downswing for a right handed golfer, many golfers have failed to take into account the movements of the body that facilitate this move.

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While golfers spend hours on the range trying to shallow the shaft with the movement of the hands and manipulation of the club, they fail to realize that the legs and torso are the foundation for this shallowing of the club in transition.  

In today's video, Elk and sequence expert Paul Kopp demonstrate how the crucial move to initiate the transition begins not with the motion of the hands, but with the pivot of the lower body, and rotation of the torso.  Find out more in the video below:

As they indicate in the video:

  • Before the downswing even begins, the lead knee (left knee in a right handed golfer) rotates towards the target, so that the knee is just outside the lead hip.  This puts the lead knee in the proper position to stabilize the rotation of the torso.
  • As the lead knee moves into this stabilizing position, it is important to note that the upper body does not slide, instead staying in place and even slightly increasing the amount of tilt away from the target.
  • The torso begins to rotate following the movement of the lead knee.  The hands and arms are completely passive in this motion

A good drill to simulate the proper feeling in this motion is simulating a golf swing without a club next to a bookshelf with a chest-high cabinet.  At the top of the backswing, your hands should be resting on this shelf, and the pivot of your lower body and rotation of the torso begin the golf downswing transition while the hands stay on the shelf.  

This drill properly demonstrates the passive motion of the hands in the transition, and how the pivot and rotation of the body shallow out the shaft without any forced manipulation of the hands.  

Once you have taken the hands out of the transtion and instead rely on the rotation of the big muscles in the lower body and torso, you will be well on your way to powerful, efficient impact without having to rely on timing.

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