By Don Parsons, PGA
Sequencing is a crucial part of developing consistent ball striking. Proper sequencing eliminates a lot of common swing flaws by getting the body and club moving in the right order. With the body and club moving in an efficient order compensations, often seen as swing flaws, are eliminated because they are not needed to hit the ball well. Swing sequencing is measured during the takeaway, transition, and peak speeds of the body segments and club.
Back Swing Sequencing
The order of the back swing sequence should be club, arms, upper body and lower body. This makes logical sense since the club and arms have to travel the longest distance we want them moving first so they don’t have to speed up wildly to finish the backswings before the hips. When the body moves in the correct sequence, a player will properly load each segment for the movement towards the ball.
The order of the transition sequence should be reverse order of the takeaway sequence: lower body, upper body, arms and club. By creating this transition sequence a player can generate power from the ground up.
Peak Speed Sequencing
The order of the peak speed sequence is the same as the transition sequence: lower body, upper body, arms and club. Between transition and impact we want each body to accelerate in order, then to pass that energy on to the next segment. The speed developed by the lower body will be transmitted to the upper body through the core. The pelvis will reach its peak speed before decelerating and passing that energy to the upper body. The upper body will use that energy reach its peak speed and decelerate passing its energy to the arms, which will reach their peak speed and decelerate passing their energy to the club through the release.
The process of developing the proper sequence in the swing develops efficiency because the wave of energy developed by each part of the body won’t be disrupted as it heads towards the ball. Proper sequencing eliminates over the top and early release because they are not compensations needed to hit the ball solidly.