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The third key element that we often see the tour players doing better and more consistently than the club and the amateur golfer is the golf swing or particularly the downswing being led by the lower body and the leg action. Most of the best players in the world are going to turn to the top nicely with a big upper body rotation, getting all the way around to the top. But then the legs, we’re going to start the downswing particularly the belt buckle, turning around towards target, letting the left leg come back and straighten up, right heel lifting off the floor. Then we've got impact and extension and follow through. Under the huge amount of power created by these world’s best players but most of that power is created from the ground upwards, the ground force reactions pushing with the legs to turn the hips down to impact and then follow through. We often see the mistakes that club golfers make are going to be problems from the top of their downswing in towards the ball where the lower body is inactive and the upper body just simply does too much work.

It’s a classic case of the strong right-handed guy trying to hit it with his rear hand, his right hand. So from an address position swinging to the top and chopping from here, throwing the upper body and not using the lower body until after the event and then the follow through happens. And that's a classic case where the upper body does too much work. The lower body does too little work. And again that's a fairly common trait that we’d see with the average club player is too much upper body, not enough lower body. If you feel that’s a fault and you've seen the world's best players have this lower body shift spend a little bit of time maybe with a video camera from the front on or even a mirror from the front on.

And one of the simplest tips I can give you is that from the top of the swing here, I'd like you to feel your belt buckle turn to target. So from the top belt buckle rotates to target, down into impact, and then extending through. And if the belt buckle turning to target is not the trigger feel downswing, then consider that it should be, spend some time working on engaging the lower body. And I think that's a really good tip that you can learn from what the tour players do consistently, you can bring it into your game.