Golf Swing – Timing

Golf Swing – Timing

What is the importance of timing in your golf swing?

An ideal golf swing starts with a backswing. The backswing varies from person to person based on preference, differences in swing instruction, and club choice. However, the timing of the downswing should follow in the same universal order between all golfers. 

Today, we will address the timing of the downswing used with most irons, fairway clubs, and drivers. The same sequential order that should occur during every downswing is initiated with a rotation of the hips followed by the rotation of the chest and shoulders. The leading arm (gloved hand) then swings through followed lastly by the club head.

The movement generated from the hips is transferred up the kinematic chain to the wrists which ultimately determines clubhead speed. Any deficits throughout the kinematic chain could impact distance and ball striking consistency.

A comparison of the golf swing and the importance of timing in the kinematic chain can be better visualized during a Frisbee throw for maximum distance. Someone who wants to throw a Frisbee as far as possible wouldn’t use the wrist or shoulders in isolation. Rather, the thrower would rotate the trunk, open up the shoulders, extend the elbow and wrist, and release the Frisbee in perfect succession for maximum distance.

This is why the strongest golfer is not necessarily the one who drives the ball the furthest. Good technique and timing are crucial for less effortful swings and more consistent ball strikes. Tune into to our next few episodes to learn about some drills and exercises to improve timing during your golf swing!

Guest Engineer: Steven Ditgen, SPT, GFS

Featured Image By: Golf Digest

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