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Push Away & Pull Down

Updated: Nov 6, 2020

So much golf instruction can be complicated. Players tend to worry too much about certain positions during the swing. Sometimes it’s good to clear the clutter and think of the swing in broader terms.

Today we are discussing the overall motion of a good swing, you push the club back, and you pull it through.


· The motion you want to start the backswing is a pushing back movement by the left hand and arm (pic. 1).

· This creates a basically straight start to the swing and wide extension. It also gets the left shoulder and upper body turning back, coiling against a stable lower body.

· To practice this move, it’s a good idea to make small back swings with just your left arm. (pic. 2)

Common Faults

· A common fault is pulling the club back with the right hand.

· This causes the club moves quickly to the inside. (pic. 3)

· From there, you have to lift it to get to the top which reduces body rotation and saps a lot of energy out of the swing.


Another benefit of the push-back is the wide takeaway that it creates. A wide takeaway helps shift your weight to your right side. With the weight back and your upper body fully coiled, you're ready to reverse those actions and start the downswing.

· The first move down should be from the ground up.

· From the top, the left knee shifts toward the target and starts pulling the rest of the lower body into its forward rotation.(pic.4)

· If the lower body leads the downswing, the club is more likely to fall on the correct plane.

However, the downswing is not only a pulling action, because you also need to remember to swing the club. Otherwise you would more than likely have an open clubface at impact and you'd hit everything way right. So after the initial pull, focus on the logo on your glove facing the target at impact.

I hope this article helped.

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