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Downswing - The Power Move.

Downswing – The Power Move.

Downswing – The Power Move.

Hi, I’m Mel Sole, Director of Instruction at the Mel Sole Golf School, headquartered at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.  We conduct 1, 2 and 3-day golf schools, hourly golf lessons, and senior golf schools—any golf instruction program your heart desires. Give us a call at 800-624-4653 or 843-237-4993.  We will be happy to book a commuter school or a package that contains accommodations, golf, and golf school.

Monthly Golf Tip by Mel Sole.

In last month’s article, I talked about getting to the top of the backswing. This month that all-important move – the Downswing 

At the Top.

As you can see from #1, I am at the top of the backswing.

Downswing - The Power Move

Picture #1

First Move.

Half-way Down

Picture #2

#2 shows the first move of the downswing.  Starting with the lead side and not with the arms is common among high and medium handicap golfers.

You will note the weight has started to shift across to the front side, and the angle created by the shaft and my left arm has not changed. This indicates the downswing has not been started with the hands.

Any attempt to start the downswing with the hands and arms will immediately cause two things to happen. First, you will “come over the top,” and you will instantly lose that all-important shaft angle. This means instant power loss, and as you will see in my next article – direction loss.

Holding the Angle.

Picture #3

Half Way Down.

In #3, my hands have already passed the hip level, and the angle is still the same as it was at the top of the backswing. However, the weight is now approximately 60% across onto the front side.


Picture #4


In #4, I am in the all-important “impact” position. In comparing #3 with #4, you can see that my hands have moved approximately 12 inches; simultaneously, my club head has moved 5 feet.  Obviously creating tremendous clubhead speed. At impact, my weight is approximately 70% over to the front side.  The arm and shaft are in a straight line. All the power that has been stored up during the downswing is being released right at the impact point, where you want it!

Look at these areas, and you can see where the power is being lost.  This is for any golfer wanting to improve his or her distance. A lesson using a video camera will quickly illustrate this once you understand the principles involved.  Creating “the power move’ will help you see your drives increase and your total strokes come down. 

Source: Mel Sole Golf School.

Thanks for reading – Downswing – The Power Move.

Related Posts.

How to start the backswing and downswing.

The Backswing – Technical Thursday #2.

How to Start the Downswing.

Keep the golf club on plane on the downswing – Technical Thursday #84.

Downswing Key – The Rear Forearm.



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