Without any doubt the downswing is the most important part of the golf swing.
Golf articles about Golf tips for beginners, takeaway, stance, follow-through and backswing are in abundance, but it might not be easier to locate an article, such as this one, which is specifically focused on downswing tips.
I have put together some golf downswing tips that can help the golf novice, but they are also effective for any golfer, no matter what their experience level may be.
One of the most important aspects about hitting a golf ball a long distance begins when you start coming back from the very top of your backswing. This is when your body will generate the power that is needed to build up the speed in your club head, and the necessary strength that will be needed to hit the ball with some authority.
But it is very important that you create a smooth transition from the top of your backswing to when you start your downswing. There are many players that have a herky-jerky motion when the club is at the top of their backswing, or even worse they let their hands begin the downswing, which will lead your body to being out of sync with the club head. Of course, this will result in one out of two of the most dreaded shots in the game of golf, which seem to always happen to me: a dreaded slice or a nasty hook. But you can easily fix this, if you jerk your club at the top of your backswing or you lead with your hands. First of all, when you reach the top of your backswing, just stop for what seems to be a microsecond before you start your downswing. Let your hips begin the downswing motion and your body, hands, arms and shoulders will soon follow. This will create the smooth transition that you have been looking for and the additional yardage, which will be produced in a much more controlled fashion.
But if you are looking for one of the best downswing tips that I have ever heard then be sure to keep your hands ahead of the club head as it hits the ball. What this does is transfer all of that pent-up energy into hitting the ball. Because if you have a tendency to allow your hands to lag behind the club head, as you hit the ball, you will lose all of that pent-up energy. This is one of the main reasons that you should never allow your hands to start the downswing process!
Another important tip, and one of the key ways to make the most out of the leverage and the power you have built up with your backswing, is to make sure that you keep your head behind the ball. If you do not do this, and your head drifts ahead of the ball, most of the time you will end up pulling your club head away from the swing that you intended, and of course you will wind with up a shot that you totally didn’t intend to make. What kind of shot? Well, you’ll probably end up shanking the ball.
And lastly, we need to focus on the acceleration of your swing. As you begin your downswing, your club head will hopefully pick up speed, but it will need to continue at this speed as it travels through the strike zone of the ball. Your follow-through must be smooth and complete, and you cannot and should not hold back or slow down your swing once your club makes contact with the ball.
And even though this is one of the most important aspects of your overall swing, you probably won’t see many golf downswing tips about it, as you search on the web. But let’s face it, until you can master a smooth and comfortable downswing, you will not be able to attain the full drive distance that you are capable of. But with practice, and of course a bit of patience, you should have no problem mastering the proper mechanics that you are capable of, and your extended drive distance will be the proof in the pudding.