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9 Responses to Pro Tip of the Week: Athletic Sequencing in the Golf Swing

  1. Jim August 5, 2014 at 6:45 pm #


    The upper right part of the back/right shoulder is rotating back towards the target at the top of the backswing and in any swing with a lot of coil this forces the hips back towards the target before the backswing finishes. Look at Hogan!

    The hips APPEAR to lead the downswing and they do move immediately from the top, BUT ONLY AS PRESSURE IN THE COIL IS RELEASED BY REVERSING THE DIRECTION OF THE ARMS.

    In any good golf swing the body is REACTIVE to the arm/hand action. The body acts to support the arms and stay balanced [ the instinct to self protect ]

    If you continue to parrot this old fallacy, you are ensuring another generation of golfers will be out of the shot/ be late to the ball/ have over the top actions with continual issues pulling/slicing and shanking.

    Have a look at Manuel De la Torre , a top Hall of fame teacher and THINK about what you are teaching a bit more carefully!

  2. justin baker August 5, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

    lol you tell him jim

  3. Mark Osborn August 6, 2014 at 6:33 am #

    I’m speechless, Jim. I’ll take a pound of whatever this guy’s banging.

  4. Jon Hoecker August 7, 2014 at 1:50 am #


    Gave your thought a try. Seems almost unathletic to not start the downswing from the ground up. But everyone is entitlied to their own opinion.

  5. Mike August 7, 2014 at 5:40 am #

    Wow Jim.

    Hogan actually wrote that in the first part of his downswing, his hands got a “free ride”. He aslo used the image of the dog (hips, then shoulders) wagging the tail(arms). There are videos on youtube where he demonstrates how the backswing starts with the knees and hips.

    Have a look at Hogan’s books , a top Hall of fame player and THINK about what you are writing a bit more carefully!

  6. John Neeson August 7, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

    This is actually an interesting discussion. Which is the cart and and which is the horse? Does the lower body arrange itself to place the hands in a desired path or position or do intentional moves of the legs, hips, etc have to be done to get the hands in the right place?

    I certainly know one thing – when I strike a tennis forehand shot, I am mainly conscious of (a) the angle of the racquet, controlled by the grip and hand and (b) the path and speed of the arm. I am not even aware of placing my legs, hips or derrière in any particular position.

    Perhaps we could start by having Jim ask a few of the Tour players he coaches.

  7. john t August 9, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    reply to jim aug 5 [nonsense] JIM———just look at mr hogans opinion on what leads the downswing !!!!!!! WAYNE D is correct !!

  8. ernie August 11, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    “The instinct to self protect”?… ” swing with alot of coil… (forces the hips back to the target)”?… that sounds alot like brandel chamblee jibberish!

  9. kevin August 12, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    There’s a lot of ways to skin a cat, but some are better than others.
    If you start the downswing from the top down you will LOSE a significant amount
    of rotational speed in the swing. By consciously initiating the downswing with the legs and hips you will INCREASE coil (i.e. potential rotational energy).
    Watch how Rory fires his hips….. that is clearly NOT the hips “reacting to change in arm direction.”
    If you want to hit your drives straight and 210 yards do what Jim says……

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