Like to experience more of those “effortless” golf shots? Here’s the tip you’ve been waiting for: the most effortless, “efficient” swings are repeatable if you swing forward in sequence. Instead of swinging down with arms only, use the bigger muscles of the lower body to initiate the forward swing and let the shoulders and arms catch up after a smooth transition.

Try this body motion drill:

  1. With a glove in your left pocket, stand to face a mirror in golf posture.
  2. Move into your backswing position, take a deep breath and relax.
  3. Watching your lower body, create movement to the target side, let shoulders and arms follow.

Repeat until you see the glove move first and feel the upper body follow in order. This forward sequence allows you to easily accelerate shoulders, arms and club head through the bottom of the arc, not from the top of the backswing. Practice this body motion drill first, and then take it outside to the practice range. Good shots are worth waiting for at the top.