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The Transition

The Magic Move that makes it all Happen

A good transition from backswing to downswing is a trait common in all good players swing. The proper movement is dynamic and crucial to good ball striking.

For a split second you will be moving in two directions at once. The lower body (Hips and Knees) will be moving towards the target, while the upper body (Chest and shoulders) arms and club will be still going back. This change of direction is an extremely powerful move and greatly increases the torque on the body.

At the top of your backswing you will feel coiled and wound with pressure in your right heel. Start the movement with the lower body by letting your left hip slide laterally forward and to the right of the target. Feel your back faces the target with your hips and shoulders pointing to the right.

The Magic Move by Norman Von Nida

Quote “To start the downstroke slide your left knee and left hip laterally towards the target and this will drop the right shoulder, arms, hands and club down onto the correct swing path”. Unquote

Most over the top slicers turn, instead of shifting laterally, then turning. When they turn, their right arm and shoulder throw over the top of the plane.

Here is a checklist for you to develop the correct hip movement:

1. From the top, feel that you “bump” your hips laterally and slightly out to the right (out to right field). This will drop your arms into the inside slot, from where you can attack the ball.

2. Once you achieve that nice inside position, you are home free! It’s now just a matter of turning your hips and firing through the ball aggressively.

Keep in mind not to shift your upper body along with your hips. It’s simply a lower body shift.

John Furze (PGA, GSED)


The other little bit of magic – practice. If you want to improve your golf – you need to practice. I look forward to seeing you on the range or out on the course soon. As always, your Pro Shop team are here to help you improve your golf, because improving golf is enjoyable golf!!