How to Sequence Golf Downswing


Hi. I’m Chuck Quinton, founder of Rotary Swing Golf. If you looked at the previous three videos in this series, I’ve talked a lot about the physics of the golf swing and how they help you understand how to properly swing a club and look like a tour player at impact instead of the typical amateur, scooping and flipping.

One of the critical concepts that we haven’t discussed yet is the sequencing of the golf swing. Apart from the physics of the golf swing, the sequencing is critical for the physics to work. When we talk about creating lag … and we understand the importance of lag now if you’ve watched these videos, and releasing the lag if you watched the last bonus video … what we have to do is sequence the golf swing correctly in order for us to have, to create, and to maintain lag and release it at the proper time. The simple way to do that is … I call it the ‘dump truck and the drag racer.’ It may sound a little strange, but it’s going to make sense in a second.

When you go to the top of your swing, what most amateurs want to do … Again, we’ve talked about pushing from the right side and casting the club and all the detrimental things that the right side causes from the top of the swing. What we actually want to do is use our lower body first — our big muscles, and our hips, our glutes, our core — to sequence the golf swing first as we start down. We don’t want to throw from the top with our arms. We want to use our weight shift in our lower body to help bring our arms down into impact.

Let me show you just a quick sequence. If I just use my lower body, shifting my weight and turning my hips, look how far my hands have been brought down. I didn’t try to do anything with my hands. I have this nice lag angle now that I just need to release, and that’s the drag racer. The hands can move really quick. The wrists can move really quick; the arms can move really quick. The lower body stuff is the dump truck. It has a lot of torque. It can move a lot of weight. It just can’t do it very fast.

What typically happens in most amateur swings is they want to build speed really quickly and they throw the club from the top. As they do that, they lose all their speed. They fire the drag racer too soon. By the time he gets down here, he’s out of fuel, and he doesn’t have anything left to hit with. The dump truck, on the other hand, can move all of this mass back to the left and pull the arms down into impact so that then the drag racer can fire at the last second and get all the extra speed.

To understand how to sequence the swing correctly, I’ve got some great drills that are going to help you work on this and help you understand how the lower body works and give you a drill called the Stride and Stomp Drill that’s going to teach you how to sequence these things from step one to step three, going through transferring your weight, and turning your hips, and getting them to a proper impact position. Click the link for How the Lower Body Works and take a look at this video.

Chuck Quinton
is the founder of the RotarySwing Tour online golf instruction learning system. He played golf professionally for 5 years and has been teaching golf since 1995 and has worked with more than 300 playing professionals who have played on the PGA, Web.com and other major tours around the world.
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Chuck Quinton

Chuck Quinton

is the founder of the RotarySwing Tour online golf instruction learning system. He played golf professionally for 5 years and has been teaching golf since 1995 and has worked with more than 300 playing professionals who have played on the PGA, Web.com and other major tours around the world.

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