The Sequence

What to look for when you analyze your own swing

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When your downswing is halfway between the top of the backswing and impact, it's important to make sure that your club is on plane. Although it takes less than a second to reach impact, let's freeze the camera, so to speak, and take a look at this important position. For one thing, I've attained it only by correctly unwinding my body, and I've reached this point because I've concentrated on my target. Being target-focused has helped me to unwind at a rapid pace. There are no thoughts in my head at this moment other than hitting my target.






Impact is the moment of truth in every golf swing. I want everything in my swing to return to my address position, except my hips, which have cleared. My shoulders are square to the target line, my left side has cleared, and the shaft and hands are slightly in front of the ball, creating a slightly descending blow with irons and fairway woods and a slightly ascending blow with my driver (at right). At this point, it's important to be aware of your hands. They should be moving passively, i.e., not "flicking" or "opening."

At this moment, all I'm thinking about is my target. That helps get me over to my left side.

About 80% of my weight has shifted to my left side. Notice how my right heel is off the ground.

The moment of truth. Just after impact, my hips have cleared, my shoulders are square, my hands are passive.


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