Jeff: Hi, this is Jeff Mitchell with The Golf Standard.
Today we're talking about transition in the golf swing and transition is that period of time between the backswing and the downswing.
I was very fortunate when I played on the PGA tour to have played a lot of golf with Tom Watson.
One day I just happened to ask him, "Tom, what is the most important part of the swing?" His answer was, "Well, that's easy, it's about transition." Being able to make a good, smooth transition from backswing to downswing really enables you to keep the timing, the rhythm, the balance of the golf swing.
Today we're going to work on a couple of things that hopefully are going to help you with your transition.
For you to make a real change in your transition, you're going to have to over-exaggerate it.
In a lot of ways it's like trying to bend steel.
This shaft obviously is very straight right now, but if I wanted to bend this three degrees, I'd probably have to bend it ten or twelve so that when it comes back I can get that three degree bend.
All that means is that if you've comfortable doing these drills, then you're probably not making a very big difference in what you're doing.
The second is you have to understand that the golf swing is a swing, not a hit.
That's probably where a lot of problems come in in transition.
As you set up and as you get ready to swing, when you take the club back, for us to truly get a good transition it comes down to grip pressure.
If you're in a situation where you can keep that grip pressure basically the same throughout the entire golf swing, you're well on your way to helping your transition.
To help you in really making a difference in your transition and being able to really monitor and maintain that grip pressure during the swing I've got three drills that you can try.
They're called pause, lift, and step.
The first one is pause.
This may be the hardest one but it also might be the best one.
That's where as you set up to the golf ball, take the club to the top of the swing, you want to pause at the top and then hit the golf ball.
In doing that you're trying to see if you can create a real rhythm from the top of the swing.
As I said, that one's really tough.
You really have to fight off that instinct to grab that club, but what it's going to do over a period of time is it's going to force you to create a lot more rhythm in the swing, on the down swing.
The second one is lift.
What I'm talking about there is that as you set up, what we want to do is as we take the club back up to the top, we want to lift the left foot and we want to feel like we finish that backswing before we plant that foot back down.
It would look something like this.
Again it's really going to force you to create some real timing in the swing and it's going to make you finish your backswing before you start your downswing.
Then the third one is what I call step.
I would set up normally like this, and then bring the left foot to the right.
Take the club to the top and then step, and then hit the shot.
It's kind of four-step process.
You set up, you step, you take it to the top, you step, and then you hit the ball.
Again, that's going to force you to do these things kind of one piece at a time, hopefully it's going to help you really work on grip pressure, on taking a backswing, finishing that backswing, and then getting a good, solid swing through.
Have a little fun working on your transition.