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The Downswing - The Power Move

The Downswing – The Power Move

This is the March 1998 Monthly Golf Tip The Downswing – The Power Move.  Presented by Mel Sole, Director of Instruction at the Mel Sole Golf School headquartered at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.

The Downswing – The Power Move.

In my February 98 article I talked about getting to the top of the backswing. Now I’ll discuss that all important move – The Downswing – The Power Move.

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

Picture #1

Picture #2

#2 shows the first move of the downswing.  Starting with the left side (for right-handed golfers) and not with the arms as is so 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. 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 as well.

Picture #3

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

Picture #4


As you can see 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.  In the same time my clubhead 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, just where you want it!

To see where the power is being lost any golfer wanting to improve his or her distance has only to look to these areas. A lesson with the use of a video camera will quickly illustrate this. Once you understand the principals involved.  Creating “the power move’ will help you to see your drives increase and your total stokes come down. 

Source: Mel Sole Golf School.



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