Golf Transition Move for Timing
In this article, we are going to show you how you can achieve an effective transition move from the top of your backswing without having to have the golf flexibility of Rickie Fowler.
If you are not familiar with the transition move, it is the first move that you make from the top of the backswing. This is arguably, the most important move in your golf swing because it sets in motion your swing flow back to hitting the golf ball.
Most golfers get it wrong and the stiffer your body is, the greater your risk of getting it wrong. In fact, if you have a lot of stiffness, you will need to be very deliberate and intentional with your transition move.
The Correct Golf Transition Move
Before I give you the alternate transition move, or “lazy guys method,” we should cover the best way to make the transition move. If you are under 70 years old, you have a great chance of achieving this correctly with a couple of simple, daily stretches.
The correct transition move occurs when your lower body (hips) begin to turn towards the target BEFORE your upper body begins to turn. Elite and flexible golfers are able to begin turning their hips before the upper body has finished the backswing!
This creates a fantastic amount of torque and swing speed.
Consequences of a Poor Golf Transition Move
The consequences are severe! A poorly executed transition move sets the your swing flow on an unalterable course. Here is a brief list of what occurs if your upper body turns towards the target BEFORE the lower body:
- Slice the golf ball
- Pull the golf ball
- Fat golf shots digging heavy divots
- Loss of 20% of your driver distance
Golfers over 50 and senior golfers are much more likely to have these issues if they lack the torso flexibility needed to separate the lower body turn from the upper body turn.
The best way to correct the problem is to improve your golf flexibility first. After that, you need to improve your timing. If you want to improve your golf flexibility, we can email you several effective stretches to do that, just enter your email below.
After you improve your flexibility, or if you just need to work on your timing, you can review this article: A Great Transition Move with Keegan Bradly.
If not, read on……
The Alternate Golf Transition Move
Like I mentioned earlier, if you are too stiff to have a good transitional move, you need to be deliberate and intentional about an alternate method.
There are actually 2 alternatives.
Alternate Golf Transition Move #1
The lead knee slide. To perform the alternate move you will want to practice in slow motion first. When you reach the top of your backswing, the very first move should be a sideways slide of your lead knee toward the target.
The difficulty part, is that you need to really hold back your upper torso and shoulders from moving. Moving the lead knee (left knee in right handers), will allow your swing to get on plane.
Practice this before you take it to the range:
Alternate Golf Transition Move #2
The second alternate transition move is a specific move for those golfers that lift their lead heel during the backswing.
If you raise your left heel in your backswing like Jack did, your transition move is to simply put your heel back down. Again, the crucial aspect of this move is that you restrict your upper body from rotating towards the target until AFTER you put your heel back down.
Above all else, you must perform the golf transition move correctly to play golf well. If you are struggling with lost power, slicing or pulling the golf ball, take a second look at your transition move. Have someone video tape your swing and slow it down around the top of the backswing to see whether your lower body or upper body rotates towards the target first.
If you are under 70 years old, I recommend you download our free exercises to make sure your body has the flexibility to make a great transition move. If not, work on the alternate moves and figure out which one works best for you.
The transition move may be the one thing holding you back from great ball striking!
Thanks for reading!
Dr. Ryan York, DPT CGS
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Golf Performance Specialist