PushGolf for PGA Instruction
So where do the primary push actions occur in what we might describe as the PushGolf Swing? The Hands are the Source of Motion.
and Pressure Point #1
Push Golf starts with a forward press to kick start the swing. The forward press is also a miniature impact position that displays the body, arms, hands and club head position at impact. For the right handed golfer to start the forward press, a pressure point in the heal pad of the flat right hand/wrist at address is “pushed” or “pressed” against the bent left hand/wrist so the left hand wrist moves toward flat and the right hand/wrist becomes bent. In this miniature impact position the hands are forward of the club head and the club-shaft has a forward lean with the handle ahead of the club head.
The backswing takeaway is then initiated when the left hand/wrist heal pad and second knuckle joint of the left thumb (pressure point #1) are “pushed” against the heal pad/upper lifeline area of the bent right hand/wrist. This will cause the left hand/wrist to become bent as the right hand/wrist moves towards flat. While the right hand moves towards flat is still resists the pressure of the left hand somewhat with its own pressure.
Low Loading – At the end of the Takeaway, the momentum of the swinging club, assisted by pressure of the right heel pad against the left thumb, and pressure of the left hand heel pad and against the grip of the club, will put the club in such a position that it is parallel to the ground and target line with the end of the grip pointing towards the target.
Backswing to the Top – When the Takeaway and Low Loading are done correctly, the club head will ‘sling back’ to an ideal back swing position.
Top of Backswing
The downswing also starts with a pushing action. The thumbs push down and out towards the ball. This uncocking action (thumbs down) locks the hands, arms and body into a solid impact condition as you arrive at the bottom of the swing. This thumbs down action produces a solid compression on the ball as the hands lead the club head through the impact zone. When done correctly this uncocking action of the hands sets the club on the correct in to out path with the handle leading the club head.
To understand how the thumbs down action works view the video below. When you try it for yourself you will feel how the hands are locked in to a solid impact position. Notice too how the club shaft is set on the correct angle for an inside out swing.
The hit or impact itself is a push down and through the ball action where the ball is compressed against the ground by the club head due to the forward leaning of the club shaft.
The follow through is a continuation of the pushing action of “thumbs down” where the “locked in” hand and arm positions continue to approximately chest level before the arms fold.
The Finish – Here the momentum of the released club head along with a continued positive “pushing action” from the hands has the club, hands, and arms fire up and over the left shoulder to a complete and balanced finish position.
PushGolf for PGA Instruction
There are as many golf swings as there are golfers, and a mighty number of them successful at a hitting a ball squarely, solidly in the right direction, with adequate power. Our swings are as unique to us as our thumbprint.
We swing according to our stature, with a speed our muscles and sinews allow, and generally speaking we are stuck with that. Yet we can improve our striking technique, improve results, and get better scores with sensible guidance such as that provided by Peter Croker.
5 Times Winner of British Open
President of the Australian PGA for 32 years
Peter Croker interviews Declan McCollam from Troon Golf at the magificant Paradise Palms Golf Course Cairns, Australia.
Click to Listen about Troon Golf and Paradise Palms