Key Stage Four Of The Golf Swing

The Magic Power Move, Just After Impact

It is important with the driver to keep the acceleration or head speed (law 5) increasing as it travels through impact. 

Once the ball is struck the swing isn’t over. 

Although the impact position is something you don’t really want to control. 

You can work the position just after impact.

This magic move involves getting the toe end of the driver face looking up to the sky quite soon after impact.

The leading edge toed open slightly clockwise from the vertical and picture that portion of the clubhead touching the underside of an imaginary table.

The club shaft again along the line of your toes and parallel to the ground but not touching the table.

The wrist motion will have a limited amount of rotation with the left wrist staying quite flat through impact. 

This flat wrist will engage a bigger shoulder turn on the through swing. The right shoulder will now travel through impact fairly low down under the chin.

Looking down the line in this position you can also still see the butt of the club, back on the line of the toes like a mirror image to the take back Key Stage 1.

PGA Pro Richard Lawless teaching key stage 4 of the golf swing

If the forearms are allowed to rotate over each other through impact it can lead to very erratic shots as it’s difficult to repeat a square clubface on impact. 

You can again use a mirror and try to also see some air through the arms at the completion of this stage as you view it from face on. 

PGA Pro Richard Lawless teaching key stage 4 of the golf swing

Notice how my left leg also straightened up or reduced in its amount of flex from impact to the end of Key Stage 4. 

Helping to stabilise and give more of a solid left side to swing through against, acting as an anchor.  

Players who suffer with lots of ankle roll, where the weight falls onto the outside of their leading foot, could benefit from working on this.

PGA Pro Richard Lawless teaching key stage 4 of the golf swing
PGA Pro Richard Lawless teaching key stage 4 of the golf swing

At address we talked a lot about correct hip tilt. 

Throughout key stage 4 the neutral hip tilt will be utilised and move into a posterior tilted position where the belt buckle points more up to the horizon. 

This happens due to the lower body rotating open, transferring weight simultaneously onto the left side and the whole right side of the body is free to fire into the ball. 

Watch the worlds top golfers; it’s a common trait they all seem to possess.

PGA Pro Richard Lawless teaching key stage 4 of the golf swing

This key stage 4 will allow you to hit the ball without holding anything back and giving up control of where the ball might go which leads you nicely on to Key Stage 5

The Hip Movement in Key Stage 4

Some Common Errors in Key Stage 4