Hey everyone Danny Maude here thanks for
joining us I’m just come off a lesson with Tony who got himself into a
fantastic backswing position but from there spoilt it and stopped himself
consistently hitting great strikes and created a number of power leaks going
down into the impact area now the reason being is from the top of his backswing
he wasn’t creating a platform for power now whether you’re a senior golfer or a
junior golfer everybody has the ability and should have this natural ability to
create a platform for power can you imagine for instance when you throw a
ball or toss a ball with your left hand playing golf or right handed and you’re
tossing a ball you have a platform to throw from when it’s this way or this
way you’re always creating that platform to throw from in this week’s training
I’m gonna share with you exactly what we did now when I start the lesson with Tony
I didn’t get it right actually I tried a couple of exercises they didn’t
work until I gave him the platform for power exercise and then it completely
transformed it that’s what I’m going to share with you in this week’s training
before I do that if you’re new to Channel and this is one of your first
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so platform for power why is it important I won’t have already given you
a brief introduction basically what was happening was when Tony was playing and
he was he got himself into a great back swing position here but then what
happened as soon as he started the downswing his way moved into the toes of
his foot and suddenly that initial movement means now at that stage he has
no platform to hit from so what he has to rely on is good hand-eye coordination
which he did have by the way so he could hit some pretty good shots sometimes but
wasn’t getting the consistency now you might not get your weight moving to the toes as you start the
backswing but you might be one of the one of the guys who kind of floats back
here a little bit so suddenly imagine this we want to kind of create this
platform but instead what happens we move over here now again the
weights in the wrong position we don’t really have a platform and therefore we
having to kind of almost self correct manipulate it use hand and eye
coordination which she’s never consistent long term so the platform for
power what is it supposed to feel like what’s happening right now here’s a key
let me start by showing where Tony was and where you should be before we even
work on this exercise Tony was in a great position at the top of the
backswing he got into the top of the backswing here his weight was in his
trail foot my foot is my right foot his traill foot here into the heel of
that foot at the top of the back turning his weight was also then in the front
part of the left foot so what we had was a diagonal force like this running from
the toe to the heel that’s he’s now stood up if you yeah we actually pause
this for a second if you want to try this go and try this right now just get
a sense swing to the top and ask yourself it’s your weight in your heel
if you’re right and the front part of your left if it isn’t and or isn’t it
kind of feels a bit weird go and have a look at this video first I released it
last week it will really really help do that first once you’ve done that come
back and then watch this one but if you’re one of those people who’ve got it
you’re in the heel of the right foot here you’ve got the weight on the front
part of your left now you’re ready now from this position all we want to do is
get the sensation that that pressure increases downwards before we then
follow through now watch this from this angle if for those of you who come over
the top and maybe slice the ball a little bit here this is a brilliant
brilliant exercise in a great field because there’s one thing understanding
Tony understood and maybe you do you maybe understand what you need to do but
transferring that to feeling can be a bit strange can it and also a bit tricky
so I’m going to give you a little exercise in a second but for now just
trying to show you what happens we swing to the top the weights in the heel of
the right the front part the left and watch this if we push or feel an
increasing downforce the heel and the front there we get the
club now much more here those people who slice generally get very quickly their
weight moving straightaway onto the front part of their foot that gets them
over the top and cutting across so just this one feeling of maybe pushing into
the heel of your right foot will make a massive difference for those of you who
slice now just for a second wanted to pause for a moment to increase the feel
of this now I know you’re probably watching this at home right now so why
don’t we do go and grab yourself a couple of pairs of socks I’ve seen this
exercise done with a tennis ball sliced in half but you probably already have
that in your house so grab a couple of heads of socks and what I want you to do
please put one pair under the front part of your lead foot your left foot your
right hand ups and the other pair undo the heel of your right foot now what
this will do is it will give you that lovely sensation of ah that’s my front
part and that’s my back pad now what you do make the swing and feel it now you’ve
got that sensation that you’re pushing into the sock of the right and the sock
on the left now from here get that sensation again of increasing that
pressure on both parts now what you’ll do with this is it will really enhance
that and that’s the main thing if you can experience what I’m talking about
it’s just words I mean you’ve got like less than half a second to hit a ball
from here to here you can’t think of this thing you have to develop develop a
feel for this so get yourself set push into the heel and the front part of that
foot get that sensation now with Tony clearly he couldn’t kind of do a normal
swing backwards and forwards and think about all that stuff it’s way too
complicated and you’d be the same so what you do is you can took a ball down
sometimes peg it up to make it a little bit easy I’ll pick this up just to kind
of make it a bit easier I’m also just using a time but I’m gonna show you with
driver in a second too so make it nice and easy
get yourself set put the sock on to the the lead foot sock under the trail foot
here so now you can see that what you do just swing back here and make sure you
can feel both of those feelings there now it is this get that sense actually
pushing into the heel of the right and the front of the left it’s like a spring
right now all you can do that you feel up Marcia and then from there steal it
and away we go now you might be asking what do you do
once you’ve done that which you’ve got the sensation of squeezing it all that
happens now I’ve actually got my left foot up in the air heel up in the air to
make it easier all I do now is is push my weight straight back into my here
once I’ve got into that push it straight back into the heel that creates the AK
to help me then come through the shot now if you’re a senior golfer you might
be going I can’t do up and down my legs don’t have the flexibility I can’t
rotate and all those things that’s fine the key is is you can create the
platform and maybe you don’t have the flexibility to to go as low as some of
the the younger guys and maybe you don’t have the ability to open up like some of
the younger guys that’s fine do the very best you can it will really really help
you consistency and your power so let’s have another look at that in action so
we’re getting ourselves set we’re gonna push now into the front part the front
left foot heel of the right get that Center from now you must stop at this
position you need to give yourself time for the brain to engage and experience
this motion so I’m feeling it here I’m pushing it to the heel right now I’ve
got that sensation all I’m gonna do now is move that move myself back into the
heel on my left that finishes the AK off and away we go so one pushing down and
away we go this is so so important it will give you an incredible feel and
later I’m like I just nicked my daughter’s mini skateboard if you’re not
stable you don’t form this platform I want to imagine this could I play golf
from this position unstable dishes I can’t do that it’s not going to be
opossum I didn’t try to play golf from here it’s gonna be very difficult
so create the stability first and then off you go now let’s move it out to the
ground now I’m going to move those away those socks away and when the stats are
kind of build this up again so we get ourselves set we’re gonna feel that Miss
position there we’re going to pause feel it in the heel and we’re gonna start
slow now as you get more comfortable this all I want you to do now is build
that the speed and the explosion there’s a
recent stat thing ‘dom be done by my TPI check them out got some incredible stuff
in there where they said look the most powerful people have a the greatest
verticals jump so they were able to jump higher so that ability there shows you
the power of using the ground correctly so I have a look at this what I want to
do now is this it’ll be linked to your agent flexibility but get yourself set
push into the front part as you leave foot keep that heel down push down and
then gradually from here just move that left heel back
I know away we go look at how I got ball turf strike that
it’s also a natural by part of this but build it up slowly developer a feel for
this so look at it from this angle when you’re here look at this motion I’m into
the heel there I’m on the front pad now watch this as I push into that heel down
was like a spring compressing here look how naturally such a different move to
somebody who in a sense becomes here becomes unstable
you’ve got no platform also that’s where you’re going to get the arrow top if you
slice this is what you might do you might push this way and get the hook but
you’re going to get that pushing down into the heel and the front part of that
lead foot from there all you’re going to do is move the heel I’ve got more
details of this again I put it up in this top right hand corner which goes
into this simple Martian but for now this is the Power Move this is the
platform for power again don’t be in a hurry pick a few balls up to start with
make life easier all you’re trying to do is develop a feel for us you can do this
indoors as well just to generate the Martian but we definitely must get
yourself set up here pause feel that pressure in and then
just simply once you feel it there one I feel that Marcia and then I’m going to
move the heel back down and hey presto that is that okay
let’s have a look once with the driver all I’m going to do here again I’m not
going to do any real big shots here actually I don’t really want to kill
anybody over there on the fast life at the driving range but nothing changes
what’s happening here is simply this we’re moving into the heel here we’re
pushing down and as we then from this positioning you get a sensation all
you’re gonna do is move that heel back into here and then that natural Martian
here you can create you then create the jump as well nice and slowly feel it in
the heel and the toe then I’m going to do here feel that Marsh in there and
then just away we go now clearly start slowly on this but eventually just like
now all this come might sound sometimes it will kind of think about us no you
can’t it is a feeling but watch this if I’m throwing a ball okay right handed
this is the situation I don’t have and have already my weight on the front part
my lighter and the heat the weight in the heel
that’s my platform to launch from so you can already do this if you play golf
right handy but our left-handed you do the same if you’re throwing a frisbee
you still here that’s what you do you’d also get the jump and the rotation more
naturally so you’ve already got this inside of you I’m just trying to I
suppose inclusively bring it out and help you learn that feeling so in
summary what we’ve got to do what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to build that
platform for power what is it it’s a diagonal platform it is from here when
you’re up to the top of the backswing the weight is in the heel and the weight
is in the front part that foots a diagonal platform it’s not here then all
you’re doing is simply lowering that platform here the lowering is important
that’s the pressure you’d like you would do if you were throwing and then
obviously you then finish the arc off by lowering your lid heel and firing
through all natural but you’ve got to develop feel cut a tennis ball in half
use some socks whatever it takes to enhance the feel under those feet and
you’ll get some real benefit with this look do you got any questions on the
matter look leave them in the comments box below I’m more than happily answer
them a lot if you feel that somebody out there could benefit from a few extra
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75 thoughts on “HOW TO START THE GOLF DOWNSWING CORRECTLY – Create The Power Platform”

  1. Is it normal that my game has declined significantly since my coaches have changed my swing?

    I'm crap, but had a "wrap around the body" (low left arm (right hander)) swing that was doing OK getting me under 100. But then changed to high, or much more aesthetic left arm. Scores dropped, bedded it in and they came back a bit….

    New lessons have got my moving my hip in the backswing as they were static. Obviously right…. But changing sequencing has again made me worse.

    Is the advice just to stick with it and bed it in? I guess long term it'll get better… Or hope!

    Cheers Mr Maude.

  2. Nice one Danny, absolutely right how difficult it is to convert knowing or thought into feeling but absolutely the key to improving. You have s great way of explaining how to do this. Thanks again.

  3. Great teaching as always….many thanks Danny.
    I suffer from not 'getting through' the ball and usually end up hitting off the back foot. Looking forward to putting your teaching into practice. Please keep up the great work, certainly strikes a chord with me. 👍

  4. Great content Danny. Definitely bringing this into my range sessions and will practice around the house. Can you do something similar for pitching?

  5. Another brilliant video Danny – one question though, when you apply the downward pressure into heel and toe at the top of the backswing to generate the power, don’t you risk changing the height of the club head and making it more difficult to getting back to the impact point ?

  6. Hey Danny great video. You sure that was your daughter's skateboard and not your grandads ha ha or was that another video. Keep them coming

  7. Another really good drill. It looks like by doing this drill the right side fully and naturally gets through the shot. There is a lot of power there. I'm going to work on this one. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your knowledge of the swing Danny.

  8. Thanks Danny. I think this may help my tendency to fall onto my back foot causing fat and thin shots. I imagine I'll get a few strange looks on the range standing on my socks, but what the hell i it works.

  9. This is so great, Danny! 🙏 Also the previous video!
    Helped me a lot with my tendency of hitting the ball from the heel!
    Such a unique view on weightsift no one has ever done before!

  10. Hey Danny. Another great vid! I’m just curious, what increases in club head speed have you experienced with your customers succeeding with these drills? I’m 6’3 tall, quite strong and athletic, but I’m stuck at clubhead speed for 7-iron at around 80mph. I usually hit a low draw. Hcp 17. I «feel» like 90+ mph should be possible based on other golfers physics. Have you sees such increases before?

  11. This motion works pretty well. It finally gives me an idea of what to feel "using the ground up" which I have been hearing for quite some years now. Good job Danny. Great going 👍

  12. Perfectly timed instruction. My coach helped me develop a good swing path using the frisbee drill. My problem is that half the time my body stops me from following through, keeps the weight on my back foot and resulting in a pull hook. It’s horrible! But I seem to have a mental block that causes this too often. I just stop halfway through the swing!
    Any tips for overcoming this and encouraging my body weight shift and full body turn? It still feels unnatural.

  13. Hi Danny. Another great video. I look forward to watching them every Saturday. Do you have any opinions on the training aids that help to keep your elbows from widening during the swing? I saw an ad for the LC-1 compression trainer, which seems to be available only in the USA at the moment, but there is another, more affordable one, called the Longridge Power Band. I think I sometimes get the dreaded chicken wings and wondered if I should ask Santa to leave one of these under the tree.

  14. This footwork gives me the balance to let me feel the arc i have to swing in. Another piece of my puzzle 🧩. Thank you Danny!

  15. Timely! I am working on clearing my hips better using the "step into it" drill. This seems to be another approach to the whole process of shifting and rotating with more power on the thru swing. Thanks Danny!

  16. Awesome advice as always bro!

    I dont think I ever got round to thanking you Danny, the last piece of advice you gave me finally helped me to fix my 'Dipping hooking drive'.

    You said "try to cut it" and wow that was the answer, It really was!! You should see my power fade now bro! xD

    I had a few months off due to a back injury but finally went out again on the local 9 last week.

    Something I noticed: After a break I had moved away from the constant obsession with improvement (in my mind), I'd stopped thinking about all the drilled swing mechanics and had returned to just having a bit of fun and trying to hit the ball.

    Really enjoyed the game and didn't really ever think too hard or take too long pondering each shot.

    We took literally 3 clubs – SW, 7 & putter, and this resulted in lots of fun with little frustration.

    As amateurs we can get upset because its just so damn hard! But its amazing how much one cares not about all the fine details if you dont obsess about them, remember to just try and have fun! 🙂

    Unless your training to be a pro then its just gonna be hard work for ever sorry!!! xD

  17. Danny I've been a subscriber for a long time now and I've watched your channel grow. CONGRATULATIONS on over 200,000 subscribers, quality = quantity . Well done.

  18. Thanks for the incredible ideas, methods. Your communication is great. I’m now 71 and have just finally and really lost my distance. It happened suddenly as I’m about 30 yards shorter off the tee than 2 years ago. Trying hard to use the Catapult to increase speed as well as now going to use the sock drill. My handicap is 5 and we play around 6,000 yards. My biggest weakness is early release although I know I have very good lag and hinge. I am a picker and could play in the Queen’s backyard with a wedge and have no divots. Drill for making divots? Please

  19. Brilliant video Danny, as always. I am struggling with a push cut with everything starting slightly right of target and then moving further right. As you say, this will help the slicers, will this move help the push cutters as well?

  20. I found the left toe and right heel pressure on the backswing easy enough to do, but couldn’t get the squat part worked out yet on the downswing. However I found swinging from the top with my weight still on my right heel/foot (10:20) before transferring to my left foot/heel gave me a fantastic strike.

  21. Hello Danny, thank you for this follow up video. After watching your previous one, I went on the course and attempted the weight to trail heal but at top of my swing I immediately started to transfer weight back to my trail toe way too quick on some shots causing over the top and pulled to the left. Now I know to slow down and add continued pressure to trail heal (squat down then spring up).
    You rock Sir!!!

  22. Product idea. Someone design a strap on cushy thingy for your left toe and right heel. Durable. I'll take 5% of proceeds. Cheers.

  23. This did so much I almost don't know where to start: Showed me there is almost a "wait" before moving weight to left heel, got my torso down without feeling manipulated, shallowed the club without thinking about it, got rid of the thin shots and brought controlled speed and compression to my shots where I didn't feel the need to use my arms. Thanks for this. Great stuff.

  24. Danny, a bit more of mainstream golf misinformation you have exposed. I have been under the assumption you should load your weight into the right instep foot while transferring into the backswing. You are fastly becoming my golf guru! Dave

  25. Hey Danny. Love your enthusiasm. One problem I always have is getting enough momentum in the clubhead to carry it all the way to the top of the follow through and further behind my neck. Mike Malaska has videos on this where he maintains that those first few feet in the downswing will be enough to carry it all the way if you push the handle correctly. Mine won't. It will stop before the top of the follow through. I try to keep a lighter grip. Still seems like I have to power it up there with the larger muscles or hands. Any advice for this? Bruce (Canada)

  26. I know I’m not biased because I don’t know you but when it comes to explaining golf related tips you excel. Is your wife a scratch golfer yet😃?

  27. Just another great lesson! Such an important part of the golf motion. I've got to find two pairs of old socks and get to the range! Thanks again!

  28. Oh Mr Maude! You make look so easy!, I struck the ball quite well at my beginners lesson this morning but not consistently so I will give this a try! Many thanks from South Africa 🇿🇦

  29. Those times I’ve been able to hit those incredibly memorable shots on the golf course all involved the feeling of downward momentum at the start of the downswing followed by a balanced right to left weight shift and shoulder turn resulting from the forces of the club head travelling toward and through the ball

  30. This is the best explanation of the proper foot action, weight shift and transition I’ve ever seen.
    Can’t wait to practice it. Brilliantly done!

  31. After watching your video this morning, I went out to try it…oh my buddha, its sounds is so pure and compressed, and the ball flight is high, straight and long. I've been focused so much on the take away, but totally forgot about the weight shifting as your video. Thank you very much for another amazing video as always. I always follow your channel and enjoy every single one of your videos. Thumb up…way way way UP, sire!

  32. I watched this video and did some quick practices an hour before going into a game today. Now normally I'd drill it out for a week before committing anything to a real game, I but just had to try it and happy to report it fixed so much of my inconsistencies during the game. I didn't fall forward or back during a swing even once. Every iron shot was so much stable, I felt in control. All by spreading pressure on left toe and right heel. I had a great game today just from these quick changes. Now to practice this and perfect it, thanks so much Danny! This was a huge confidence boost.

  33. I always wondered how to feel this transition. Kudos to you Danny.. Most coaches can't express this part.. All words.. Which is meaninglessness if we don't know how it feels.. I have been on a hiatus from golf for more than 10 yrs.. Forgot what's it like.. Thanks to u.. My fire is back. Keep up ur good work.

  34. One thing I do to greatly enhance this feel is I throw the club up into my backswing and get it to feel almost weightless and that feeling is what I use to start my body in my downswing as my arms are almost still going back. I'm going to pair that now with the exact feel you're describing here and as you say Danny, "hey, presto",….I know that will work great. Love your videos!

  35. Top of the Morning, Danny…["Ben Hogan Swing, 1953"] by [Fernando Cano] dated [Nov. 28, 2009].
    To the Point: When Ben takes the Club back…he crosses the [Shoulder Blades]…consistent with the [TOA],
    [Triangle of Articulation](Auscultation) presented to you. @1:19 – "1:21".
    To Note: I've never seen a better[ Video of Ben Hogan's Swing]. Great Composition & Arrangement. (Smooth & Easy).
    Great job, my friend.

  36. I really like the info in today's lesson. Very helpful! Do you have any putting lessons? Putting seams to be where the scoring is either made or lost. Thanks again!!

  37. This was fantastic! This tutorial and the previous one really made a huge difference in my downswing and follow through. I now know the feeling with the heel-toe. Your tutorials are the best!

  38. Went to the range today . Brought a can of foot spray . I think I am improving . my shots are no longer going right or left . Also stopped topping the ball . One thing I do when there is that I want to use the far right spot . From this spot I have a Visual reference of an aiming point . I want my shots to head between the 150 and 200 yards flag markers . Very narrow aiming point . Its like a field goal post .

  39. Another great video. Following your series of videos I have now a feeling/knowledge what I have to do. When I get it, I really get it right ! But my failure is getting to the top of the back swing and having too many swingthoughts of what I need to do so that I rush the downswing and loose all tempo and rhytmn. Any tips or future videos to ensure the downswing starts right

  40. My difficulty in rotating to the left is that when I rotate my left hip my upper body rotates too causing me to swing outside in. I had the same difficulty wth the 5 fundamentals of golf book. The drill that gives me the feeling that I think I need is holding my driver strait up with my left hand on top of it then swinging down with my right arm keeping my shoulders closed

  41. Danny i’ve Some issues with my left knee! It collapses when I start my back-swing. Do you have some exercises and I cannot get rid of it. Would be great!

  42. The diagonal power in the back swing and transition from the right heel to the left toe is an effective way to explain how to leverage the round force. One question is how much ground pressure on the left toe vs the right heel when the back swing is complete (pause at the top)?

  43. Every time I watch your videos, I have a moment at some point where I exclaim “THAT is what that is meant to feel like!?!” You truly are a gifted teacher. Your descriptions are well thought out and highly evocative, your drills are incredibly effective, and your ability to address the psychology of the game and human body at the same time makes you truly remarkable. Thank you for all that you share!

  44. Are you saying there ie weight as well in the lead foot when pushing down in the left ft?or do I shift to right after pushing down in the right? I tend to hit a little behind the ball cuz I’m shifting weight I think our of sync you are a great teacher. Thank u

  45. What a great explanation of how to get the club shallowing out. I've heard many times the need to do it, but this is the first
    time I've actually seen footage of how it happens – as a result of correct downswing procedure in using the ground.

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