Creating a connected golf swing is vital for any senior golfer who is looking to maximize their power, accuracy and consistency when they play.
A connected golf swing has every single independent part of the swing moving together and in unison during the movement of swinging the golf club. A connected golf swing sees all of your larger muscles such as your torso, back and chest, working together with the smaller muscles such as the legs, arms and hands, to swing the golf club away from the ball to the top of the backswing, back down to impact and then through into a well balanced finish position. Each part of the body moves in unison with no parts of the body moving faster and racing ahead, or conversely moving slower and lagging behind other parts.
To keep all of the parts of your body connected throughout your golf swing, you begin your swing from a balanced address position. Have your feet shoulder width apart, keep your back straight and tilt your spine forward from your hips until your hands hang directly under your shoulders. Just relax your knees a little to take the pressure from your hamstrings. From this position, work on maintaining your spine angle as your rotate your upper body to the right (for right handed golfers). As you move the club away from the ball with this upper body movement, your arms will move to the right with your body and you need to hinge your wrist to move the club head at the correct angle around your body. Using your wrist correctly, set the club head on the correct swing plane and as you continue to rotate your left arm, you will reach the top of the backswing across the top of your shoulder plane, showing that you have synchronized your body and arm movement, rather than lifting your arms up and disconnecting your arms from your body’s movement.
As you swing back down towards the ball, to achieve a connected downswing, move from the ground upwards. Begin your downswing by turning your knees and then hips towards the target, followed by your torso and arms.
A great drill to help you create a connected movement between your body and arms during your golf swing is 'The Baseball' drill. Stand upright and hold the golf club out in front of you parallel to the floor. Imagine you have a ball out in front of you where your club head is. Swing the club around you horizontally, by turning your upper body to the right and then hinging your wrists to allow the club to move around the back of you. Now swing back and hit the imaginary ball.
This is a great drill to help synchronize all of the parts of your golf swing and get them moving in unison, the only difference is that during your golf swing you tilt forward with your spine, rather than stand upright.
Using this drill, you will get the feel of how to connect your body and arm movement and create a much more connected golf swing.