Hybrid Golf Lessons For Your Backswing
Welcome to the Full Swing Hybrid Golf Lessons. This is Golf Lesson #4: Set Swing Lesson. This lesson is designed to help you make a good move through the ball. This lesson is a continuation of the Set Swing Backswing Lesson, as it takes you from that position and gets you through impact and to the Set Swing Follow Through.
This is a great way to develop your swing. Practicing this lesson will help develop your rhythm and timing so that it will be easier to hit solid shots. You will be amazed at how far you can hit the ball once you get the positioning and timing.
Turning your chest properly will effectively shorten your swing but make it more powerful. The tour pros talk about a big chest/shoulder turn and a short arm swing. This is how they create such controlled power. You don't need a long swing to hit it far...you need an effective swing.
Hybrid Golf Lessons Step #1 : Address
- Please see the Full Swing Setup Lesson for Hybrids for more details on a solid address position.
- It is very important that you have a good setup position. You could learn this lesson perfectly, but if your setup is out of position then you won't be able to take advantage of the great swing you have developed.
Hybrid Golf Lessons Step #2 : Club Parallel
- Please see the Club Parallel Backswing Lesson for more complete details on how to swing back to this position.
- Turn your shoulders and chest to maintain your triangle.
- Your club should be parallel to the ground in line with your toes.
- There should be very little change in your weight distribution.
Hybrid Golf Lessons Step #3 : Set Swing Backswing
- Please see the Set Swing Backswing Lesson for more details.
- Much like in Step Two...please do not move forward with this lesson until you feel comfortable with this backswing position.
- Your left arm should be parallel to the ground.
- Your shoulders and chest should be fully turned away from your target.
- Your weight should be centered over your golf ball.
Hybrid Golf Lessons Step #4 : The Downswing
- Your initial move back to your golf ball should be as simple as throwing a ball. Please see Throwing the Ball Lesson for more details.
- The first thing that should happen is that you should shift a little more weight onto your left foot. The Backswing starts from your shoulders and works it's way down to the ground...your Downswing will start from the ground and work it's way up.
- The best way to feel this is to have the sensation of pressing your left foot into the ground. If you were throwing a ball you would be lifting that foot, stepping forward and planting on the ground to have more power. The golf swing is the same...we just don't move the foot. You can think of popping bubble underneath your left foot. Just a little extra pressure on your left foot will get the job done.
- After pressing your foot into the ground, it is just a matter of unwinding your hips and chest. Make sure you do this all at the same time. You don't want your hips to move without your chest, or either to move without your arms and club.
- Remember how the Set Swing was also called the 'L' swing. To create power you want to maintain that 'L' until just before impact. You can see how your 'L' is still intact as you are making your move to the ball. This can only happen if you use your body to make your swing. If you try to swing the club by moving your hands alone...you will automatically lose your 'L' and your power.
Hybrid Golf Lessons Step #5 : A Different View
- To keep your club on plane (meaning on line to your ball) you must keep your right elbow close to your body. Much like if you were to skip a stone across the water. As you step into the throw your right elbow tucks in against your side. This is big part of your downswing because it will help maintain your 'L' for power, and keep your club on line for accuracy. If you start your downswing with your arms and hands then your elbow will drift away from your side and you will hit weaker shots that will fade...slice.
- My hands are in front of my chest and the shaft of the club is pointing at the ball.
Hybrid Golf Lessons Step #6 : Impact
- Impact is the split second during your golf swing in which the club makes contact with the ball. All the movement your body does during your backswing and downswing, are simply trying to setup for a good impact position. If you can deliver your club onto the back of your ball properly...you are going to hit great shots.
- There is a big difference between good contact and proper contact. Good contact will get you around the golf course...proper contact will help you shoot your dream scores. Let's try and work on making proper contact.
- To make proper contact you will want to make sure that the back of your left hand is flat and facing your target. This is critical for making proper contact. It is the only way for your club to hit your ball at the proper angle so that you can use the natural loft of your club. A common fault is having the the left wrist break towards the target. This increases the loft of your club and makes you hit the ball higher and shorter than it should. A great drill is to put a ruler on the back of your left wrist and make parallel to parallel swings. The ruler will help keep your wrist in place.
- After pressing your left foot into the ground on your downswing your weight should naturally move onto your left foot. This is because at impact your right knee should be flexing and moving towards your ball. This will make your right foot roll onto it's instep. These two things will help drive your weight forward and through your shot.
Hybrid Golf Lessons Step #7 : A Different View Of Impact
This picture is taken from the target side. The key thing to note looking at the impact position from this angle is how open your hips will be to your target. Notice how your hips will almost be facing your target already, even though you are only just at impact. This position helps generate a lot of power as well as proper contact.
Hybrid Golf Lessons Step #8 : Parallel Follow Through
- This position should virtually mirror your backswing.
- Your club should be parallel to the ground with the toe of your club pointing up to the sky.
- This time your right wrist should be flat, as if you were shaking hands with someone. If your hand is in the position to receive a 'low five' from someone then you are out of position, and you will have unnaturally increased the loft of your club.
- Almost all your weight should be on your left foot. So much so that you should feel the pressure of your weight on the target side edges of your left shoe.
Hybrid Golf Lessons Step #9 : Set Swing Finish
- This should be almost a mirror of your backswing. This time your right arm should be straight and parallel to the ground, while your left arm folds and stays close to your body.
- Almost all your weight should be on your left foot and you should be rolling up onto the toes of your right foot.
- Since your hips are turning through your shot, your left leg will naturally pull away from your target line and will be almost straight. This is a good thing because it is creating room for your club to swing though your ball. You may have also heard that it is good to 'hit against a firm left side'. Well the straightening of your left leg will help create that firm side which does lead to more power.
- The most over used statement in golf is 'Keep your head down'. I have never said that in a lesson. Yes...you do need to keep your eye on your ball. However, keeping your head down can restrict movement of your follow through. If your head and neck muscles are relaxed then they should rotate naturally with your body. This will give you a much more free flowing motion.
Hybrid Golf Lessons Step #10 : A Final Check
- Make sure that your hips and chest keep rotating through your swing. If they stop turning you will lose a lot a power and consistency. If you have turned them properly then your belt buckle (or zipper if you are not wearing a belt) will almost be facing your target.
- You can see in this picture how your left leg straightens and pulls back while your right knee flexes and moves toward where you ball was. This is simply opposite of your backswing move. Once again...a mirror image.
- The most important part of the follow through is maintaining your spine angle. This is the angle between your hips and back. It should remain the same as it was at address. If you keep the same angle then you are much more likely to hit solid shots. If that angle changes, especially getting more vertical (commentators often call it coming out of your shot) you will end up hitting a lot of weak shots to the right.
- If you go back to the Throwing the Ball Lesson you will notice that I was throwing the ball underneath a club held about belt high. This was to help get the feeling of staying down through my swing so I could maintain my spine angle. Keep this image in mind and it will help you make solid contact.
Thank you for taking the Set Swing Lesson in the Hybrid Golf Lessons Series. This is a great way to practice not only the positions of your swing but your rhythm as well. Making solid contact using a half swing is not easy, but helps teach you to turn everything at the same time to make great consistent contact.
Please practice this stage of the swing until you can hit many solid shots in a row. There is not point moving onto the Full Backswing Lesson for the Hybrid until you are comfortable with this lesson.
Good luck with your practicing and playing. May your 'Play Your Golf Dreams' sooner with the help of free-golf-lessons.com.
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