(golf club swinging) – Hi, Adam Bazalgette here, founder of Scratch Golf Academy. Today’s subject, a pretty good one, how to stop rushing your downswing. (upbeat music) So how to stop rushing your downswing. I’m gonna give you three categories here, that I think really
hurt people in that area and give you some drills and some ideas that’ll help you master it a little bit. If you like this video, please subscribe to the YouTube channel,’s my home website. Okay, our first key to not rushing the transition, rushing your downswing is actually to make a good backswing. And the thing’s we touch on, are storing energy in your pivot, and not only doing that, but synchronizing it
with where the club is. Let’s have a look at a
great player in action. So there’s Francesco Molinari, recent Major Championship
winner from last year. And just watch here, watch
first of all the nice pivot, and how there’s movement in his body all the way to the end of the backswing. And then notice how the
arrival of his hands at the top exactly coincides with the completion of the pivot. That’s what you’re looking for. By the way, if you want solid strike, I’ve got a whole free course on that down in the description box, just help yourself down there. Okay, when the pivot is sound, in other words, when there’s balance when the pivot continues to move well to the top of the backswing, and of course when it synchronizes with where the golf club is, you’re mind is at rest, so to speak. It’s not having to subconsciously solve all sorts of problems tends to calm it down a little bit. So, it’s a fairly deep subject, but let me give you one
little thought here. Get your good golf posture, do it in front of a mirror initially. I like this thought, instead
of turning of so much, get your arms at your side,
like so, and just pivot so that you feel like you’re on the angle that relates to your spine angle, and practice that pivot. Do it so you feel a nice depth to your right side going back, but that you still feel in balance. We don’t wanna get in our heels, certainly not to the toes, til you feel like you’re in balance. Then, grab the golf club, get a sense of where you
wanna get to at the top, and just make some swings
to where you can feel the same thing and just feel like hey, the arms and club arrive
right when I finish that. Hang out with it a little bit, you’d be surprised how quickly you can get a good feel for this. Okay, next barrier to
good rhythm coming down. Maybe the most common one, and that is, we’ve talked about how to store energy in the backswing a little bit. You should continue to
store it as you start down. Most people, that fateful
instinct to try to hit and hit hard takes over. Let’s look at a great player momentarily, so I can give you a couple clues. Then we’ll come out and see
what we can do about it. Okay, Tiger Woods here. Now just watch the stretch
in his upper body here, and then notice as he starts down, watch how that increases. His hips go, look at the
stretch across his golf shirt, what Jim McLean calls the X-Factor, that’s a great example of it. The other thing you’d notice as well, if you look at the golf
club that’s roughly over his head cover in the back swing, it’s a lot closer to him in the downswing. And if you’re storing power,
not getting rid of it, starting down, it will
really help your rhythm. All right, here’s a couple of drills that will really help you. Number one, we talked about that X-Factor, the way the body moves. Get your bag next to you, get your hands on top of
your driver head cover there, and just practice that sense of separating your lower body from your upper. I can feel that stretch there, very natural in athletics, if I was to skip a rock
or something like that, that’s a great way to work on it. Let me move that to the side. And then of course the second one, and that is the ability to let
the club load a little bit. And what I mean by that, grab the club, try this at home, at the bottom of the handle, you’re gonna grip it with
just the fingers for a second in that trail arm, make a little swing, and as you feel a little
bit of that hip motion, that club is predisposed
to continue to load. The weight of it still going back. With this grip, I can’t thrust it down. Feel that a little bit. Then just grab a club, this is an 8 iron, super soft wrists, super soft pace. Take it back, just a
little bump of the hips, let that wrist slow it up a little bit. The battle, I’m telling
you, is in the mind. You know, people just, the
thing happens so quickly, they don’t know what happened coming down. The instinct to hit it so strong there. You’ve gotta practice it on a small scale, then notice if that’s what
you’re doing when you hit. So, I’m gonna get a certain
sort of feeling here. Extra soft, extra flowing there like that. Then I’d ratchet it up, make a full swing. See how similar it feels. Get your mind off outcome for a sec, relax, compare notes, go
back to the little ones. Couple of these on the driver, and just work it in there. There’s no packed formula that’ll give it to you in 20 seconds. But you hang out with these drills, start to notice where that hits instinct is coming from, if you have it, you’ll be able to dissolve it and get it out of there soon enough. Okay, let’s say you
worked on those first two but you still find you know what, I have a hard time with my rhythm and staying in a nice flow as I start down. You’ll probably have some agitators in your golf swing. You have to work to
get those out of there. It’s a fairly lengthy subject. But let’s touch on a few things. Believe me, your
subconscious mind is doing almost everything during
that two seconds or so it takes to swing. You feel like you’re controlling it with your conscious
mind, very little of it. So the more difficulties and obstacles you present your
subconscious, the less likely you are to have fluidity and nice rhythm. Couple of things that would come to mind. Balance issues. Balance overrides almost anything. I tell you, you could be walking along talking to someone, you start to slip, your mind will go right to that. So subconsciously, if your body senses we’re getting out of balance,
it’s gonna try to fight and rush to put you in balance. So pay attention to that. Not just with the body, either. Balance of the golf club. If that club gets out of position, behind you and starts to move around, again, subconscious is
trying to correct for that. It makes it very, very difficult. One final one, that I do
find agitates people a lot. If they get a poor grip, and
they get the club face open, you’ll know you’re in this category if you hit a lot of
glancing hit and slices, anytime that face is open and the ball’s tending to take off there, it incites a bit of a
reaction to shut the face down and try to get it square. So if you’re a slicer, that is gonna be a real agitator as well. Go back to working on the club face and those things, then you can come back and improve your balance and improve that rhythm as you start down. So how to stop rushing your downswing, I hope that helps you. Work on these things a little bit. I don’t even have it
down pat all the time. I’m still at times catching myself rushing a little bit. So, put these drills
into practice regularly. If you like this video, please subscribe to the YouTube channel,
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  1. Learning how to let the club 'hang back' in my downswing is one of the main things that I've finally learned to revolutionize my game. It's just a hard thing for people to feel. I'm teaching my dad right now and he has none of this at the current moment. I'm going to get him to do that little in the fingers 8 iron drill you suggested to get him to better feel that clubhead lag, magical move that is so elusive for so many people. Thank you Mr Bazzelget(probably spelled that all wrong) for all your great tips.

  2. Completing the backswing is another way. Many never get to the top of backswing, or finish, and begin downswing too soon. Timing issue. I implement a tiny pause or "rest" at the top and then the pushing the ground with my feet/hands "dropping in" motion. Sitting down on the shot. The delay at the top of the backswing allows the proper initiation of the next critical move; the down (and in) swing. Try to hit it hard, though, is 90% of the reason for a hurried, over the top, downswing.

  3. Nice Adam, Love the Bag Drill followed by the 2 finger grip on the shaft. When you did the 2 finger grip the Shaft aligned more with your Right Forearm. Love that. The club then sets and Lags from the top. (No Bounce out) Core Sent Rhythm & Balance is key for me! Good Stuff my friend…

  4. I discovered the sensation of pivoting your body with my swing quite by accident during a practice session recently and noticed the improvement immediately on the course. Being a new golfer I wasn't sure what I was doing was right, because well, I have tried a lot of weird things along the way so far. Thank you for this clear explanation of a concept I hope to work on as I practice.

    Also, I love Molinari as an example! Of all the guys on tour, it seems as if his swing is "intentional and designed to hit the ball consistently as much as possible". I would also use Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott as examples of this.

  5. Great vid, again! I would say the majority of mid-high handicappers would benefit from slowing down the swing. When I get it right and get the swing into the 'slot' the rest of the swing seems effortless, smooth and much better club head speed! If only I could get it consistently and not fall back into trying to smash the ball, I'd be in single figures! ??

  6. Thanks for the drill Adam. I read in Hogan’s book that he used to make practice swings without his right thumb and index finger on the club to feel the release of the club head. This has helped me out a lot.

  7. Good stuff, let the club head energy build…then sweep it through, once you learn to trust it…your game will improve.

  8. I think the loading tip is great for improving lag. Add this drill with an impact bag for forward shaft and you’re on your way.

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  10. Appreciated the talk of the mind having majority control. Subconscious specifically. It’s very true I believe. Keep up the good work

  11. What is your thought Adam on lifting the left heel a little on the backswing to trigger hips first in downswing by stamping the heel down?

  12. Hi – my coach has recently noticed that I am over rotating my hips in the backswing and I simply cannot clear my hips in time with the rest of my swing – leaving me flipping and blocking. I notice that Mols right knee stays flexed during the backswing – do you have any guidance to share?

  13. Allowing the conscious mind to control the swing is a mistake. The subconscious knows what to do to hit the ball. When you involve the conscious mind all it does is cloud the mind with thoughts that you don’t need, how are feet, where are my shoulders, are the arms in the correct position. The only thought you need is to relax and swing the club.

  14. Just started following you very interesting could you lead me to the video or do one again where you load the club or the club head on the backswing

  15. Thank you for the video, however you did not mention a potential lobotomy to keep me from trying to murder that little ball.

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  17. Good tips. I’m working on starting my downswing with lower body before reaching the top with my hands. I’m sure this messes with timing. Should I slow down some on the course, or just forget about the change when playing ?

  18. Excellent video! Tons of great information. I hope people take what you said seriously. Its difficult for most of us guys to relax and turn down our testosterone. But when I do, the ball goes further and straighter every time.
    I would like to request your take on the mental aspect of the game. I have read some sports psychology books and I have averaged 5 strokes better, sometimes 10 strokes better. No more 1st tee jitters and when I cant warm up I actually start better than ever before.

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