Bradley Hughes - Getting To The Left Side (Part 1)

Bradley Hughes explains the importance of understanding that getting to the left side in the downswing is a result of correct downswing movements, not a goal one should have in the swing (Part 1).

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All right. So we've done all the backswing stuff. There are a lot of options. Great players have had a lot of different back swings even though we want a nice-looking one.

It is a fundamental.

Yeah. We want one that you can reproduce.


And it's not that hard to do.

No, it's not, because there's no momentum. There's no instinct to go back at the ball. Yeah, we can get somewhere. Even if you have trouble and you get really fast, nothing wrong with having little poles up there and feeling where that club is, like you said.


So we want to get into the downswing now. And I explained how I use width, low, you did shoulder turn, we did all those different thoughts. I talked about right hip where we can get in a nice backswing position. Now I think the downswing in transition is probably the hardest part of the golf swing for a lot of people.

Just this part, right here, just to get--

As you start to get down.

It's the first bit. Once you get going.

Then you can't do much else.

You can't. You're going to do what you do.

So we should categorize that. I think transition becomes downswing, but the transition is the part we need to really focus on.


Downswing just happens once you've started coming down.


So transition is from, and it can, as you know, almost start to happen even before you finish the backswing in a lot of instances.

We always see on TV when like in baseball we'll see the pitcher's already going the other way, and this arm hasn't even gone all the way back yet.


And that creates that whiplash.

The whipping action. Yeah.


So you know, I've done a lot of thought into this based on my golf swing growing up and how I teach people. And I always thought-- and we would get right back to the feel versus real thing-- we always feel that we start to go to the left. And that makes sense, because like I said, I'm facing that why. My target's that way. I'm going to start heading that way intellectually, visually, whatever, because that's where I know my target is. But what we don't want to do is we don't want to get over there. We really want to explain in this segment how to do that. How to get to the left without actually trying to get to the left.

Because we all know that we have to send out the messages to the body parts. And a lot of this is what you're getting ready to tell me, I know, is once you sort of learn the sequence and where these things fit, you'll be able to send these messages out. And you will indeed do it.

100%. The more you do it, the more-- you know, if something doesn't feel right straight away, it probably means it is right, because a lot of people don't do it correctly. So you've got to really bite the bullet and be determined to not let what happens for a number of shots with the ball affect what you're trying to do. Like you said, there's a sequence that you have to learn. And just because it's not working at the moment there, it could be some other aspect that's holding it back, but it'll get there.