Swing Fault & Correction from Andrew Black, PGA First Assistant Golf Professional and TPI Certified Golf Instructor:
Do you feel like you’re making a good turn behind the golf ball in your backswing, but yet you feel like your swing is not very powerful in the downswing? One very likely reason is due to the lack of lower body rotation in your downswing. The correct downswing sequencing is pelvis, torso, arms, and then the golf club. If your pelvis does not rotate properly in the downswing and in the right sequence, then you are going to have a very hard time to get the club on the correct plane and path coming down to the golf ball with minimal manipulation. The most common flaw for this lack of mobility is a golf swing that is what is known as “over the top.” Due to the lack of rotation you will not have the swing width required to be able to allow the club to travel to the golf ball on an inside path. This will also create a flying right elbow in the downswing. A very helpful drill to work on this flaw is to take a club and put it across your shoulders in front of your chest with your arms crossed holding the golf club. In your golf posture, swing back as you normally would and stop. Now, try to activate your glutes and abs to get your pelvis to move first initiating the downswing. It is important to keep the club shaft in place and not to move until after your pelvis is engaged to correctly do this drill. You will also notice that this drill keeps your right elbow connected to your right side to prevent the flying right elbow.