I teach thousands of golfers annually, and have noticed that a high percentage of them segment their swing as if they were driving a stick shift manual transmission in a car. Some unfortunately forget to use the clutch and slam the gears together grinding them as they proceed through the swing motion. The secret to a smooth and blending together of movements can be compared to a smooth shifting of gears in a cars automatic transmission.
The key ingredients are as follows to install an automatic swing transmission:
! Do not try to force positions of the club head with independent movements of your hands and arms, and shoulders. This will grind your swing gears worse than ever.
! As you prepare to swing at a golf ball, do some practice swings sensing the weight and momentum of the club head swinging and swooshing through the area of impact. This pulling sensation will stop your slamming of gears trying to aim and force the club at the golf ball. The key is to allow the club head to swing through the ball and trust that its momentum will swing automatically into and through it with unforced velocity and precision.
! Once you feel the weight of the club head swinging please notice that the tension in your fingers and hands gripping the club should lighten. If you were a boxer you want to play golf like Muhammad Ali throwing light and quick jabs, not George Foreman.
! The body should blend its rotating movement with the swinging momentum of the club head. This will teach you to allow your shoulders to turn with the swinging club heads momentum and allow them to automatically work in sequence. The placing of a towel under both arms is a drill to make the arms and shoulders work with the club heads swinging motion and also teaches and almost forces your body to pivot or rotate as the towel does not allow your arms to lift.
My golf swing is definitely powered by an automatic swing transmission, and as I set up over the ball I think and image; that my arms are webbed together forming a triangle with my upper triceps secured to my chest. I then feel my feet, legs and knees settling into the ground to secure my power source, the ground. I can then pivot and rotate my shoulders, core and right hip back without sway and my right leg loads energy as my upper body turns and stretches into my legs resistance. My club and arms reactively swing up on the back swing and whip back down and through automatically into and through the ball like a Long Bow shooting an arrow automatically.