Mastering a consistent golf swing sequence is something that every amateur and pro should learn. In reality, it takes years to practice a good golf swing technique even though it looks like some people are natural at it. Nowadays I make use of my Garmin Approach S20 Golf Watch to track all metrics of my golf swing, it is important to go back to basics and to fully refute the way of a correct golf swing sequence. There are a lot of factors to consider and we will try to highlight some of the tips and tricks to make sure that your golf swing will be improved and your shots will be more consistent and accurate. In general, there are six sections in a golf swing sequence: the correct stance, backswing, transition, halfway down, impact and last but not least the follow-through.
First, it might be good to remember that there is no such thing as a perfect swing sequence. When you closely analyze the swing sequence of some of the best player’s, you will find that there are quite a lot of small, but important differences. However, generally speaking, a proper golf swing has to make sure that the ball follows the right path and a good way to do that is to start off the right track.
1) The correct stance
in order to provide maximum power and balance to your golf swing it is important that your body can move as freely as possible. For this to happen your body has to be balanced it is important that your weight is placed squarely in the middles of your feet. This means, that you are not standing on your toes or your heels or favoring either the left or the right foods. In order to get into the right balance position there is a small three step routine you can try: push your hips a little bit back, gently angle your spine towards the ball and make sure that your knees are slightly flexed. While staying in balanced you should try to make sure that your right side is slightly lower than your left side of your body. When you are looking down at the ball make sure that it is in the right place by having it on the left side of your face (that is, if you are using a middle iron). Your clubface should be facing your target.
2) The backswing
There are various parts of the swing and they should start moving in the following order: clubhead, hands, arms, shoulders, hips. The backswing is usually the slowest part of the entire golf swing sequence. Making sure that your body is well aligned is vital to ensure the ball goes in the right direction. All body parts need to work in unison, with your hands, arms and shoulders forming a triangle and SU rotate away from the ball your legs and feet will move slightly to better, to get her forming a powerful engine that will launch the ball towards its target. Firstly, it is important to keep your left arm straight. The reason for this is to ensure that your forward arm can anchor your arc so you have a consistent length throughout your swing. You want to make sure that when the club is parallel to the ground on the back swing, the club shaft is down your target line with your clubface square to your spine. Once you reach the top of your backswing, you need to make sure your shoulder has turned correctly and your back is facing towards your target. This should only happen for a second SU will transition into your downswing immediately.
3) The transition
The transition occurs when you go from your backswing towards your downswing. This is an important part of the golf swing sequence as you want to make sure that you have fully finished your backswing before you start your downswing. One thing that can happen if you rush from the top of the swing is that your body opens up too early which leads to the club getting stuck behind your body on the way down. Try to feel the club swing down with your arms, this will help you in achieving a proper swing plane and for more consistent and balanced shots. Try not to dip or lunge as you transition from your backswing through your downswing.
4) Halfway down
The halfway down checkpoint is important to make sure that your club is on plane. This moment is only less of a second before impact but is vital to ensure that your shot is a hit and not a miss. It is important to stay target focused and that your body is correctly unwinded.
This is the moment we have been preparing for. Your shoulders should be square to the target line and the club shaft and hand slightly in front of the ball. Your hands should be moving passively.
To make sure that the sequence is fully finished it is important to continue turning to the left after you hit the ball. It is a fairly common mistake for amateur golfers to stop rotating at impacts and to continue swinging the club. Having your body continue to rotate and service a good follow-through.
If you consistently work on the six sections of the golf swing sequence and try to practice every day you will make sure to hit each and every shot with confidence and consistency.
Golf Swing sequence drills
There are a couple of sequence drills you can do and to improve your overall technique.
1) The load step drill
You start to your swing with your feet together, having your club a few inches behind the ball. Next you make 3/4 backswing and as you reached the top you will move your left leg towards the targets and plant it firmly. This, allows you to hit a powerful loaded shot and allows you to practice for both power and consistency. You can find a video of this drill below:
2) Using a heavier club.
Using a heavier club is a great warm up technique as when you add weight to the club you are forced to activate all your muscles. Your body will respond exactly to what you are doing and you will feel powerful resistance between the upper and lower part of your body.
3) Faster swing speed.
In this drill, you turn your golf club upside down so you can train for a faster swing speed. Grab your drive for up by the hats and holds the shaft horizontally in front of you. This position allows you to do a baseball style swing and will make it much easier to create and experience speed. Next up, you find your speed limit. The goal is to simply try to create the loudest swish you can achieve. Doing this movement will show you that the harder you want the shaft to swing the more your body wants to engage and to contribute with the motion. After this it is time to flip your club the right way around again. Do not perform the basic golf swing sequence yet but instead do a similar base ball style hit and try to find the highest speeds you can manage. After you have that feeling of speed in your body perform a basic golf swing sequence and try to find a similar swish sound again. You should be much more aware of how your body generates the force required to hit at speeds and because of your muscle memory and the feeling of speed fresh in your body hit the ball as normal. Repeat this exercise a few times and in time you will create more and more speed with every swing.
4) Golf swing analyzers.
When practicing and optimizing our golf swing sequence, I have had great help from various electronic apps such as the Zepp Golf 2 3D Swing Analyzer. These type of analysis devices allow you to measure all the important aspects of your swing. You can break your swing down into statistical values and work on one aspect at a time. In our experience, there is no substitute for practice and having numerical data allows you to train more efficiently. Recently, I purchased a Garmin Approach S20 Golf Watch which does not only look stylish but also records all the most important aspects of your golf game. In particular, for your golf swing sequence, the Garmin TruSwing sensor provides all the metrics you need to improve your golf swing consistency. I have used several golf swing analyzers but nowadays I just use my watch to track all the important data.