How To Start Your Downswing For Explosive Power


Have you ever wondered how to start your downswing? Well, this video’s for you. I’m Matt Walter, PGA Teaching Professional
here at Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tennessee. I’m going to show you how to start your downswing
so that you can effectively put the most amount of effort into your golf ball. So, let’s get right into it and not waste
any more time. One of the biggest things I see a lot of people
do when it comes to creating a good delivery from the top of their backswing is that we
don’t utilize all the forces that we can to hit a golf shot. So, there’s three main forces that we can
use off the ground: a lateral force, which is a push from side to side; a rotational
force, which, as everybody knows, which is your turning; and a little bit of a vertical
force, where you feel like you’re jumping up off the turf. So, we have to be able to use all three, and
when we do this, we can use this to create the most effective power in our golf shot. So, I have a drill. It’s called the ‘bump, tuck, and turn’. So, what we’re trying to do is, we’ll pretend
there’s an imaginary wall, and that’s all for our left hip. We’ll put an alignment stick down just outside
of our shoe, and this is for our hip to kind of crash into as we start our downswing. And so, while we do this, we want to make
sure that when we do our downswing, we’re bumping into that wall as we get to our finish. Now, let’s walk through this drill slowly. So, we get set up, and we take it to the top. The first move in the downswing, you’ll feel
yourself bump, and while you bump, I want you to tuck your arms down into your ribcage. So, your left arm brings your club down. You can feel like you’re pulling with your
left, or you’re pulling with your right, and the hands should get down to your right thigh
by the time your hips get to the pink stick. You then turn, and if you feel like you’ve
got to go up a little bit to get a little more turn, we feel like we go up. So, it goes, bump, tuck, turn, and then from
there, we can use a little bit of vertical off our toes or our feet, or the ball of our
left foot, to kind of get up a little bit. So, in essence, we go up to the top, we bump
and tuck. From here, we can hit a shot, through to our
finish. So, in order to make this look like a full
swing, the same principles must apply. We have to start with a little push forward
to our target, tuck our arms in at the same time, turn to the finish. And you’ll feel yourself extend to your target
more as you get to the finish line. If you are coming up short of the stick, you
are lacking a lateral force, so you’re not using all the potential power inside your
body to hit a great golf shot. So, we’ve really got to feel like, from the
top, we’re bumping into it, and this pulling with our arms, applying that downward force
with our arms, lets us lock in our body, getting that connection again to our body from our
arms, which is a huge component of getting some power, and distance, and accuracy. So, we bump and tuck, and we turn to the finish,
and we have this nice extension of our hips to our target as we stand up, (there’s our
vertical), as we stand up to our finish and hit a nice, crisp iron shot. So, we want to make sure we’re getting a good
bump. A great drill at home is, you can pretend
the alignment stick’s a wall, and what you can do is, you can put a club across your
shoulders, turn to the top, and just feel how far your hips have to bump forward to
create a good press into the golf ball, the change from your right foot to your left foot. You can then marry that up to another drill,
where you get your hands down to the end of the grip, swing to the top, (carefully because
you’ve got drywall behind you, you don’t need a new hole in your wall), then you bump, and
try and push the butt of the club into the wall, the butt of the club, and have the shaft
hit the wall where it’s parallel to the ground and parallel to where your target would be,
which is your toe line, hopefully. So, you get in there, and we have ourselves
some good pull. So, that’s the tuck. So, you go up, bump your hip, tuck your arms,
and now you’re starting to get some good delivery impact locations in your downswing. So, bump, tuck, and turn. The turn’s just the last part, where your
body, about once you get to here, we start to deliver with a little bit of a finish with
our torso and get that ball flying at our target, nice, long, and straight. And that is how you start your downswing.


16 Responses

  1. Jose Moreno

    September 26, 2017 9:18 pm

    Thanks for the tip, should the right foot create the bump, or can you recommend what feeling you get when starting the swing?

  2. Buddy Holly

    October 3, 2017 2:17 pm

    Laddie Thank You For The Best Demo Ever .Even I can understand what you are saying .Keep up the good work .Bruce

  3. Mav Phiri

    October 4, 2017 1:15 am

    Excellent video by the way. I was doing this already thinking I was doing it wrong but still stuck to it because my shots were always solid.

  4. Daniel Shields

    November 15, 2017 3:43 am

    Thanks, Matt. Great Videos. I notice that you have a method that you use every time you grip the club. I struggle with confidence and consistency in my grip. Your method looks like it would help. Would you make a grip video?

  5. Die Hard Raider Fan

    July 17, 2018 3:24 pm

    I used this drill for a while and now I have a sway in my golf swing, how do I stop the swaying?

  6. txjeepguy34

    September 27, 2018 7:00 am

    I have watched about a million "how to" golf videos that for some reason never translate to my actual golf game. This is one that paid dividends almost immediately. Finally, you helped me find the missing piece to my game. I was shocked to see the ball go straight and further with less effort than I was using before. Thank you for this video!!!!!!!!

  7. daniel cary

    April 14, 2019 4:02 pm

    Bump is very misleading, especially to beginners, can cause a sway. Is should more feel like a crunch.


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