Get More Distance
Click here to join now and get full access.
To do the step change of direction, first, grab a golf club and get into a golfing posture. Place both feet together and start with the club pointed at the target. Begin by stepping towards the target as you take a backswing. It is extremely important to sequence this movement correctly, step just after the club starts the takeaway. The backswing and the step should happen together. When you step, make sure that it is just your lowerbody that moves toward the target, and not your entire body. When you finish the step, your lowerbody should be closer to the target than your upper body. The stepping during the backswing will shorten your swing, but it will also give you an exaggerated feeling of the lowerbody initiating the downswing. This is critical for swing plane, creating power, and creating lag. For bonus points, try to feel the downswing in your abs instead of in your back.
Playlists: Pivot Drills, Keys To Transition, Get More Distance
Tags: Transition, Drill, Intermediate
00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:05,000
This drill is called step change of direction and it's a more of a rhythm drill to help
00:00:05,000 --> 00:00:11,000
you feel the timing and kind of the tempo of a swing that creates a lot of power.
00:00:11,000 --> 00:00:17,000
So what we're going to do in this is you're going to swing the club back and as the club
00:00:17,000 --> 00:00:22,000
is swinging back you're going to take a step and initiate with your lower body.
00:00:22,000 --> 00:00:27,000
Now what should happen is you get an exaggerated feeling of the proper stretch of the
00:00:27,000 --> 00:00:29,000
lower body initiating the downswing.
00:00:29,000 --> 00:00:34,000
So I'm going to demonstrate first with the speed ball and then I'll move on to the golf
00:00:34,000 --> 00:00:35,000
00:00:35,000 --> 00:00:39,000
When you're using the golf club keep in mind that with this much lateral movement you're
00:00:39,000 --> 00:00:45,000
probably not going to hit the ball solidly and I recommend that you tee the ball up.
00:00:45,000 --> 00:00:49,000
Both of those, you know just be reasonable with your expectations anytime you're stepping
00:00:49,000 --> 00:00:50,000
into the golf ball.
00:00:50,000 --> 00:00:56,000
So you're going to take your normal setup so that the speed ball or the golf ball is in your
00:00:56,000 --> 00:00:59,000
normal ball position and then you're going to bring your left foot to your right foot
00:00:59,000 --> 00:01:01,000
if you're right hand a golfer.
00:01:01,000 --> 00:01:07,000
From here you're going to swing back and as you start swinging back you're going to step
00:01:07,000 --> 00:01:12,000
your foot back to where it should have been.
00:01:12,000 --> 00:01:16,000
So as the club starts back you're going to step you're going to be shifting your weight
00:01:16,000 --> 00:01:21,000
while those arms are still finishing and because you're doing it through the movement
00:01:21,000 --> 00:01:26,000
during the backswing it's going to shorten your swing just a little bit.
00:01:26,000 --> 00:01:27,000
So it'll look like this.
00:01:27,000 --> 00:01:33,000
You're going to step and I rehearse the step a number of times just to get the feeling
00:01:33,000 --> 00:01:38,000
of stepping without letting my upper body go completely with it.
00:01:38,000 --> 00:01:41,000
That's probably the biggest mistake that I see with this.
00:01:41,000 --> 00:01:46,000
The second biggest would be waiting until I finish the backswing and then stepping as I
00:01:46,000 --> 00:01:48,000
start down with my arms.
00:01:48,000 --> 00:01:52,000
It's exaggerating the feeling so the step should happen way before your arms go down.
00:01:52,000 --> 00:01:57,000
So it's going to go step and then swing through.
00:01:57,000 --> 00:02:05,000
Okay so the step change of direction again with the golf club you're going to want to make
00:02:05,000 --> 00:02:08,000
sure that you tee the ball up.
00:02:08,000 --> 00:02:09,000
You're going to take your normal setup.
00:02:09,000 --> 00:02:12,000
You're going to bring your left foot to your right foot.
00:02:12,000 --> 00:02:19,000
You're going to swing back stepping without stepping.
00:02:19,000 --> 00:02:22,000
It's your camera.
00:02:22,000 --> 00:02:24,000
So you're going to swing back.
00:02:24,000 --> 00:02:27,000
You're going to step without letting your upper body shift.
00:02:27,000 --> 00:02:30,000
I call it stepping without stepping.
00:02:30,000 --> 00:02:34,000
And then feel that exaggerated separation through your core.
00:02:34,000 --> 00:02:35,000
I'll demonstrate one.
00:02:35,000 --> 00:02:53,000
So normal setup, left foot to right foot.
00:02:53,000 --> 00:02:57,000
So that's my version of the step change direction.
00:02:57,000 --> 00:03:01,000
It's a great way to feel the timing of the lower body initiating the downswing.
00:03:01,000 --> 00:03:05,000
After you've done it a half dozen times or so, you're going to take a normal swing.
00:03:05,000 --> 00:03:11,000
And try to feel like as the club swings back you step without actually taking the step.
00:03:11,000 --> 00:03:13,000
So you try to recreate that feeling of the weight shift.
00:03:13,000 --> 00:03:18,000
And that's a great way to feel the leg of the lower body initiating the downswing.