Golf Downswing (Transition)

How to Bring the Club Down on the Right Path
Proper Golf Swing – Part 4

Golf DownswingSo far in this series we’ve covered a good takeaway, continued into a good halfway back position and completed the backswing into a good top position

Next in the golf swing sequence is the transition – the point at which you begin the downswing.

The transition is one of the most important parts of the swing and an area that I see a lot of amateur golfers struggle with. If you start your downswing incorrectly, you’ll lose a lot of power and find it very difficult to control the direction of your shots – at least with any real consistency.

In the video below and the drills associated with it (which you’ll find beneath the video), I outline how you can create an efficient, repeatable transition in your golf swing:

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Golf Swing Transition Video Summary


  • Bump your hips forward slightly to start your downswingTo initiate the downswing, start by shifting your hips to the left, in a small lateral slide or ‘bump’.

  • Pull your right elbow down during the downswing from the top of the golf swingSimultaneously draw your right elbow downwards and slightly backwards, towards your right hip pocket.

  • Push on your right toes and lift your right heel during the downswingThis will also allow your weight to start moving forwards towards your left foot – encourage this to happen quickly by driving the weight off your right foot.

  • Hands lead the club toward impact during the downswingAs your hips now start to turn, your body uncoils and your chest should turn past the golf ball pulling your hands forwards. Feel as though your hands are leading the club into impact.

Golf Practice Drills for the Downswing

To further help you get a feel for a good transition, I’ve filmed a couple of useful drills you might want to try:

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