We all know that a golf swing needs to be relaxed and fluid so why would there ever be a pause at the top of the golf swing? Find out the benefits with this golf tip.
The golf swing travels in two directions: one direction where the golfer swings the golf club back away from the golf ball - the backswing, and one direction where the golfer swings the golf club forwards through the golf ball - the through swing, downswing or forward swing. In between the two movements backwards and forwards there will already be a slight pause. Here the club reaches the extent of it's upward motion and has to physically stop to change direction and then come down again. This lasts for only a millisecond or two and can prove to be a positive period in the golf swing as it gives the golfer a fraction of a second to adjust and set the club ready to come down in the correct fashion to the golf ball.
One of the common problems that can cause poor shots in golf is that most golfers accelerate hard from the end of the backswing to attack the golf ball as quickly as possible. This action lessens the amount of time spent in this pause period and produces a 'snatch' down to the ball often pulling the golf club out of position for the downswing motion. A definitive pause in between movements allows the golfer time to re-adjust the position of the club if needs be and then to slowly accelerate down towards the ball smoothly to attain peak speed at impact. An action such as this is very smooth and provides huge amounts of speed to be delivered to the golf ball in a consistent fashion.
Consider these benefits of a definite pause in between the movements of the backswing and downswing and how they could help improve a golf swing:
Time - A pause at the end of backswing point alleviates any ‘hitting’ action from the very start of the downswing and provides time to set or reset the golf club correctly, ready to attack the golf ball. It also allows time for the body weight to move into the front foot so that the golf club can drive correctly downwards into the golf ball and produce a good ball strike.
Rhythm - A pause encourages good rhythm. Rather than snatching or lurching at the ball from the end of the backswing the golfer can use this time as a transition period and can position the body as a whole to bring the club down to the ball effectively each time a swing is made.
Compact - A pause gives the golfer a sense of where the golf club is at the end of the backswing. With this awareness the golfer can keep the club under control and keep the swing short and compact for more consistency.
To practice pausing correctly at the end of the backswing, count out the swing when hitting a golf ball. A simple count such as "one and two" in a suitable rhythm is perfect during the swing. "One" should be counted at the start of the swing, "and" is the pause itself at the end of the backswing, and "two" is the strike of the golf ball. This rhythm represents perfect timing for a golf swing and where most golfers experience just a "one, two" movement, make sure to introduce the "and" which represents the pause.
Use this understanding of great rhythm in the golf swing and hit better, more consistent shots.