One of the key elements of the Peak Performance Golf Swing is how we finish the swing. After swinging up to a solid T-finish position, the next step in the swing is to recoil and relax. This enables you to maintain balance and always finish with your body pointed at the target.
Fred, a Surgite from Pennsylvania, wondered why a lot of tour professionals hold their finish position and whether or not recoiling and relaxing was essential to making a good swing.
Surge, I know you advocate swinging up the tree to the finish, recoil and relax. I notice that many of the younger touring pros – Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Rickie Fowler and others hold their finish. What enables them to hold their finish rather than recoil and does this matter?
Fred, Lancaster, PA
The reason they hold their finish is simple. It's because they want to or because that's what they've been taught. But, DJ and I believe in recoiling and relaxing. In order to hold your finish, you've got to use your muscles to stay posed at the top, which can cause you to lose your balance. This can eventually lead to hitting big pulls since you're leaning in that direction to hold your finish.
The reason I recoil is because it helps keep me in perfect dynamic balance. It also pulls me back to face the target, which is a good way of always knowing where it is. It also takes the pressure off of your back, which is important for any players who struggle with back pain when they play golf.
The best way to stay focused and on target is to swing up, recoil and relax, and the club should be pointing right at your target. You'll see better results and get much better feedback as to where you're aimed if you utilize these methods.
Keep it vertical!
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