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HOW TO INITIATE THE DOWNSWING

The downswing is so confusing for so many people. how do we initiate the downswing? Which body parts, which muscles initiate the downswing? So many amateur golfers get up there and then initiate with the arms. They think about pulling the club down or casting the club down is the thought process. It’s so wrong because you cannot generate or transfer the power that you generated in the core and glutes into the club head when you initiate with the arms. So when we go to the top of the backswing, the first thing that moves is going to be my lower body. So I’m going to shift left as I’m turning. So it’s a shift and turn simultaneously. So I’m shifting and turning. So this belt loop is coming backwards.
It’s pulling around just like that. Okay. At the same time, this left knee is straightening. Okay, so all that’s happening at once. I’m just trying to explain it and i’ll show you how it looks. The reason why this is important is because nothing moves from my arms until i get to right there. Look at how low the club has gotten and i have not moved my arms at all. They’re in the same exact position relative to my chest as they were at the top of the backswing. And then from there, they release down and come through. So this is how you initiate the downswing with your lower body. Address position, top of the backswing, and think about initiating with that lower half and then get all the way there.
Now I’m posted up on my left side. This is your practice. Practice getting into this position. Be able to get here. So what it looks like from the side view is practice getting here. So I’m really posted up here. So many older amateur golfers have a really hard time doing this and they do this, which makes you flip at it. You can’t finish the swing if you’re stuck here. So get here and just practice that position. Once you feel good about getting here, then the next thing you do is bring the club head down. This is how you practice lag. Now my hands are way ahead of the club head. This is how you practice lagging the club. That’s how you initiate the downswing.
No Yankee or pulley or cats or any of that. Pretend like you don’t even have arms. Pretend like you don’t even have hands. Forget about them. the club path will do what it’s supposed to do if you initiate from down here. When you initiate from down here, the club path has to come inside out. It’s really hard to go over the top when you initiate from the lower half. It’s super easy to go over the top when you initiate with the upper half. So this is initiating with the upper half. This is initiating with the lower half. Okay. Again, initiating with the upper half. Super easy to go over the top. Initiate with the lower half. It’s much harder to go over the top and it’s much easier to do the inside out swing path.
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Dr. Jake Berman

Dr. Jake Berman

After graduating from the University of Florida, Dr. Jake Berman, PT, DPT sought out mentorship first from Bob Seton in Destin, FL and then from Aaron Robles in Jacksonville, FL. Both of these mentors have 20+ years of experience helping people keep active and mobile so they can enjoy high quality active lifestyles. What Jake found was that back pain was by far the most debilitating pain and the highest factor leading to decreased physical activity later in life. These experiences are what inspired Jake to specialize in helping people aged 50+ keep active, mobile and pain free despite the aging process. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to alleviate somebody’s back pain so that they can get back to living their best life- especially in Naples! Over the years of helping 100’s of people aged 65-75 become stronger and pain free, one thing for sure has become apparent: “he who rests rots”. Jake is a firm believer that we become stiff then old, not old then stiff. Seriously, think about it...
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