Chris Stroud - Transition

Chris Stroud discusses the importance of having a good transition in the swing. He focuses on keeping his head level in the backswing and downswing until impact.


I think everyone, when they're warming up every day to play golf, when they're about to go play golf or just practicing-- I think if everybody would just spend a few minutes, three, four, five minutes, on just working on their transition, I think they'll hit it great. I'll show you what I mean. So I'll hit one. And I'll show you what I do on my transition work.

So the transition is probably the trickiest part of the golf swing, because you're going from moving one direction-- the club's moving one direction, and all of a sudden now you've got to get ready for impact. Well, so many things can go wrong, and a lot of things do go wrong for all of us.

Yeah, you're wound, and now you've got to negotiate the drop. Do I drop? Do I--

You know, as a young kid playing all sports, I was very lucky to have some pretty good hand-eye coordination. So no matter how bad I brought it back, I was able to get the club on the ball. Some people don't have that, or maybe they have a bad hip or something and they've got to work around it. For me, the key is trying to figure out-- how do you feel this up here, turn into the ball, and get that club square at impact to hit a solid shot?

A lot of people are handsy and all that. But transition-- I do a lot of this. You'll see me. Like I said earlier, I'll do a lot of this, a lot of just moving back and forth. And while I'm doing that, I'm trying to keep my head very level to the ground. I used to go really far down and then really back up. No good.

So keeping my head level. I can do that in the gym. I do these things called skiers in the gym. And I'm going like this. And I'm just constantly trying to keep my head level while I'm looking myself in the mirror, watching this. So it's the same move.

So in transition, I go to the top. Now I've had enough years where I've been laid off. I very rarely get across the line. I've been too far. And the more I work out, the shorter my backswing, the better I hit it. So transition--

You've tried them all.

I've tried them all. You can ask any question you want. But going back, set up here. Good stable base. Go back to the top, trying to stay in my nice spinal--

We're not straightening or anything. We're just--

I'm not straightening this. I'm not bending too much anymore. All I did was this right here. I turn my knees, my hips. I'm sitting in my right hip right now, deep. I'm not up on my toes. I'm not falling back on my heel. I'm right in the middle of my right foot. I can do a one-hit, one-legged standing squat, or standing lunge I guess, like that. That's where I feel like I'm at. So on the top of my swing, I feel like I can do that almost at any time.

So I come back to that. Now I'm back here. That's why I think that move, that practice right there is really good.

You're sort of rehearsing perfect, perfect, perfect--


--in-motion kind of thing.

Perfect, perfect. And again, I'm trying to maintain that angle as I turn.

Angle meaning, of course-- which should be this angle of the spine, right?

Spine angle and adjust. Yeah.

So go ahead and do that drill again. Yeah. There's just not much can go wrong there, when you're looking at it. I mean, it's pretty clear to everyone that's watching this video that it's very stable. There's not a lot of--

And that's really what we're all trying to do. I think we're all trying to find a way--


--to be as consistent and straight on the days you don't have it, and the contact may not be that great. Maybe you're turning a little fast or a little slow. If you can keep those basic things-- your spine angle and your setup and your transition-- nice and smooth, you're not going to hit that far offline.