Swing Lab: Separation Drill

Golf Monthly Top 25 coach Neil Plimmer explains how to get power and control from your body


Separation drill

Once you reach the top of the backswing, you need to make a transition that will deliver power without losing control. The start of the downswing is triggered by a small movement of the hips towards the target. The upper body then begins it's rotation back towards the target. The separation - as the hips move towards the target - between your full upper turn and your lower body will help you find a blend of power and control. So again, with an alignment stick across your hips, practice this move. Once your shoulders have made a full turn, practice bumping your hips towards the target. You should notice how the movement of your hips sparks the uncoiling of the upper body. As you swing through to the finish your upper and lower body both finish facing the target.

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