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If I said to you, “I am having trouble with my transition.” Or I mentioned that, “I am struggling with my left tilt transition crunch.” Would you know what I am on about? Golf lingo: The lexicon of the links is like many niche fields – a land full of jargon.

Doing the Jackson 5, the Motorcycle, and the Wipe are all biomechanical moves necessary for the elite golfer to complete and hopefully understand.

The intellectual comprehension is not strictly required, as many good golfers can swing the club without knowing exactly what they are doing.

Golfing Jargon & Lingo

The feel golfer who has innately picked up on how to best swing the club is fine until something goes wrong with their swing. If they get an Ian Baker Finch moment, which lasts and gets inside their head, then, they may well be in big trouble. The elite golfer is best served with some practical knowledge of the core concepts driving their golf swing. Whether it be Ben Hogan’s secret elbow move and pronating and supinating wrists or understanding the unhinging and releasing processes. Synchronising the sequence of movements in the golf swing can be a full-time job. The elite golfer remains vigilant in the face of losing his or her tempo when under the pump of competition pressure.

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In The Beginning Was the Word

First fundamental is that the golf swing starts with the lower body. You may swing the club with the arms and big muscles in the torso, but the power and timing comes from down below. The body coils in the back swing with the hips turning and deriving power from the ground up. I know and feel that when I am playing good golf that I am playing out of my feet. The hips turn back to the ball in the downswing, the weight shifts and the upper body and arms follow behind. The lag creates energy coming into the ball. Shallowing the swing into the ball sets the scene for face and path meeting in a magical moment of impact.

Of course, things can go wrong if the timing and sequence of events do not marry up. Anxiety can rudely interject here and cause things to disastrously speed up.

This is what those golf commentators crudely call choking when the pressure of the moment makes a swing falter under the gun. Too much speed early on in the downswing means everything getting out of sequence and face and path do not come together squared up. Resulting in ball veering off in an unforeseen direction and finding trouble in water or deep rough somewhere. The golfer who does not understand her or his swing will struggle to comprehend what exactly went wrong. Thus, a basic familiarity with the biomechanics of the golf swing is a useful source of knowledge to possess. The golf lingo: the lexicon of the links has its remedial and developmental place in the arsenal of every elite golfer.

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