By: Erik Horve, PGA Director of Instruction at Tustin Ranch Golf Club
TPI CGFI 2, 2011 SCPGA “Teacher of the Year”, Golf Channel SwingFix Instructor
I can’t tell you how many times that I have had a student ask me: “Why do my friends who are much smaller than me hit the ball so much further?”
If you have students that have ever uttered these same words, the chances are that their swing is out of sequence. What does this mean?
The golf swing is an athletic motion that requires a winding and unwinding of the body along with the swinging of the golf club in a circular motion. If you can get the body and club to work in the proper sequence you will find that you can produce a powerful golf swing that generates more speed at impact. According to the dictionary the definition of sequence is:
“A particular order in which related events, movements, or things follow each other.”
In order to create a powerful and consistent golf swing you need to get everything moving in the correct order. If you get the sequence correct during the back swing chances are you will produce the proper sequence in the forward swing. The proper back swing sequence is:
1. Club Head
The club head has the furthest distance to travel from the ground up to the top of the golf swing therefore it must move first. The arms will follow in the sequence than the torso and lastly the hips. If you are successful in creating this sequence the forward swing should take care of itself and unwind in the opposite sequence (hips, torso, arms, and club).
Get your student’s “Sequence’ correct and they will be on their way to hitting longer and straighter golf shots.