If you've ever thought about skipping your backswing and just starting your swing from the top, you're not alone. Steve Ruis sent in an interesting question about the possibility of cutting out the backswing all together. He equated the idea to how a baseball player starts a swing with the bat at the top.
However, there's one big difference that enables batters to do this, and it isn't the size of the ball. Any ideas?
This may be the oddest question yet submitted: why bother with the backswing (upswing)? Has anyone ever experimented with skipping the backswing and starting at the top? The backswing doesn't seem to be needed for tempo (slow backswings are often coupled with fast downswings) and also seems to be a source of error by getting people out of position at the top. Could not we, like baseball players, start the the top, take a slight hitch, make the Bump, and swing away? Of course one would have to learn/find the correct starting position, but we have to learn all kinds of things to effect.
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You need to hit the ball with the club accelerating at impact. The transition from the backswing to forward upswing provides you with even more acceleration, so it's a big part of building power. If I were to just start at the top of where my backswing would be and swing, I've got no where near as much power. I don't even think there's any way that I could generate the same speed I had with my transition on a full swing.
There's a few things you have to remember when making a comparison with baseball. In golf, the ball is stationary. In baseball, the ball is being pitched to you at high speeds, so it's already creating acceleration before you swing. You're also swinging on a horizontal plane, not a vertical one.
Overall, I think it'll work, but you're going to lose a lot of distance and it's just not very practical when it comes to golf. The fluidity of motion in the transition with the bump helps increase speed, so you shouldn't cut it out of the swing. It might be a good way to practice your positions, but I wouldn't incorporate it into your game.
Keep it vertical!
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