Peter Knight: Sequencing of the swing

THERE are a lot of moving parts in the golf swing but the order they are moved in is crucial to hitting the ball well.

THERE'S a lot of moving parts in a golf swing and it can be hard sometimes to figure out which parts of the body are supposed to be moving and when.

I'm going to explain what the sequence of the swing should be and give you some drills to help you learn how that sequencing feels.

From the top of the swing the order of movement is going to work from the lower body, up through the body then down through the hands and arms to the club.

Now, all of that movement is overlapped so I'm going to break it down into separate movements for you to focus on so you can get a sense of how things should feel in the swing.

The first move we need to get the feel of is of the club trailing the arms in the downswing. To do that we take a club and just swing back and through, concentrating on feeling the clubhead trailing behind.

Next we want to move up to the shoulders and even though the rest of the body is also moving we are going to focus our attention on turning the shoulders and feeling how they move the arms which, of course, still have the club trailing behind.

Lastly, I want to get familiar with the feel of my hips moving first in the swing and you will immediately feel how that drives the movement of the shoulders and hands and arms.

The other thing you'll notice is that all this concurrent movement can only happen, with the feelings we're looking for, if the wrists are kept nice and soft.

My grip on the club is solid so I don't lose control of it but the feeling in my wrists is one of softness.

If you practise these movements as I've laid them out, starting with small swings first then building up the speed and range of movement, you'll begin to get a sense of what the correct sequencing of the swing feels like.

And here's the amazing part: once you get the sequencing correct, you will feel like you are making a lot less effort with your swing but you will produce a lot more power.

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Peter Knight

As one of only four Master Professional Coaches with the PGA of Australia, Peter Knight has a long track record of helping players whatever their age or ability level.

Peter applies the same care in coaching you as he does international teams and professionals.

All he asks is that you are prepared to put in a little practice to reap the rewards you want from your game.

 You can book lessons with Peter at Yarra Bend Golf Course either on the website www.yarrabendgolf.com or by calling (03) 9481 3729.

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