how to get pure contact pause at the top

Unless you have exceptional hand-eye coordination and arm strength, it’s extremely difficult to strike the ball solidly without involving your lower body.

A downswing controlled by the shoulders, arms and hands typically causes an over-the-top or outside-to-inside motion, generating slices, pulls, hooks and poor contact.

By leading the downswing with the lower body, you utilize the strength in your hips while pulling the upper body – and the club – naturally into the proper positions. You’ll not only cure that over-the-top move, you’ll develop the coveted inside-out swing path – key to hitting draws and maximizing power.

Of course, it takes work to ingrain a lower-body-first downswing. The best practice method is the classic “pause-at-the-top” drill demonstrated in this video.