QUICK HITS swing ad­vice

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

How do the pros start the down­swing? Ac­cord­ing to Chuck Cook, coach to sev­eral top PGA Tour pro­fes­sion­als, “vir­tu­ally all of them start the down­swing from the ground up. They shift their weight into their front foot, fol­lowed by move­ment to­wards the tar­get from the knees, hips, shoul­ders, arms and, fi­nally, the club.” This se­quence is the op­ti­mum way to gen­er­ate great club­head speed. “It cre­ates a whip-like ac­tion through im­pact,” Cook says. ▶ I wish my course al­lowed . . .

▶ Un­tucked shirts. ▶ Mu­sic over loud­speak­ers on the range.

▶ Faster golfers to pay less.

▶ Free throws.

▶ Hats in­doors. ▶ Be­ing in golf­shape means . . . ▶ You can pick your ball out of the cup. ▶ Mak­ing it to the first tee af­ter zero sleep. ▶ Sur­viv­ing a bud­dies trip. ▶ Car­ry­ing your bag with­out break­ing into a sweat. ▶ Not be­ing sore af­ter 36. ▶ Play­ing 10 rounds in Ire­land in a week.

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