Full Swing - From the Top
'From the top' refers to the point in
the golf swing where the back swing ends and the down
swing begins. The club and hands are at 'the top' and
as such we analyze the different stages of the swing
In our analysis 'from the top' we refer
to the 'first move' is to the initial forward movement
from the top of the swing. It is of utmost importance
that the club and hands begin forward movement along
the correct plane.
A high majority of the amateur golfers
swing the club along an 'outside - in' path through
the impact zone. The main cause of this is an incorrect
initial movement or 'first move' from the top of the
swing. The incorrect movement occurs when a golfer begins
the 'first move' by turning the shoulders first or too
soon, along a horizontal plane. This will automatically
send the hands out and away from the body causing the
club path to be 'outside-in'.
The proper 'first move' results when the
the knees are the first body part to move toward the
target. When this occurs there will be an automatic
drop of the hands down toward the side of the body.
It is this drop which brings the hands close to the
golfers side and allows for the proper 'inside - out'
swing-path to occur. If the hands drop toward the side
and the front shoulder moves upward rather than across
the body the club head has a much better chance to get
along the proper path.
Because the knees actually begin moving
toward the target as the hands are finishing their ascent
to the top of the swing what appears to be a slight
pause or delay results. This is pause or delay at the
top of the swing is often noticeable when watching many
good golfers swing.