Key Stage Three Of The Golf Swing

by Steve | Last Updated: 15 April 2021

Down Swing Transition, slotting the club into place

With a great backswing position you can slot into the down swing with ease. 

If you have retained good ground force in Key Stage 2 you can change direction from back swing to down swing knowing your body weight will be ready to transfer into the front foot in a split second.

This provides a firm and planted left side to hit against and a natural energy transfer giving more power.

Be warned the downswing and impact happens so fast it would be detrimental to try and control it too much.

PGA Pro Richard Lawless teaching key stage 3 of the golf swing

The body weight settles into the leading foot as the transition into the downswing takes place

The back foot initially stays planted then starts to roll inwards so the instep stays touching the ground and the outstep lifts up causing the cleats on that side to be off the ground. 

Only after this initial foot movement has occurred the whole foot can continue turning up and around onto its toe.

PGA Pro Richard Lawless teaching key stage 3 of the golf swing

Working on correct foot movement helps to transfer weight correctly and helps keep the right side of the body momentarily held back and provides space for your arms to swing down towards the ground, for an inside approach on the ball. 

There are 3 sub key elements that you can adopt to promote a correct inside attack on the ball (law 1)

  • Sub key 1 Right shoulder back/right hip back
  • Sub key 2 Visualise inside approach of club head
  • Sub key 3 Ice cream cone
PGA Pro Richard Lawless teaching key stage 3 of the golf swing

A large percentage of golfers who don’t hit straight often allow the right shoulder to come forward too soon (over the top) causing the arms to travel down to the ball on a different path (law 1) and the angle off attack (law 2).

PGA Pro Richard Lawless teaching key stage 3 of the golf swing

Key Stage 3 From The Front View

Some Common Errors in Key Stage 3

Steve King, the founder of Fore King Golf, started playing golf at the tender age of 29, after years spent playing many other sports and getting dodgy knees. Although late to the game, Steve soon fell in love with the sport and found himself, like many others, addicted to the pursuit of improvement and playing better. He is currently a member of The Kendleshire Golf Club & Hercules Golf Society, as well as running several competitions for Fore King Golf