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An easy gym fix to get your swing back in sync

By Ron Kaspriske Photos by J.D. Cuban
September 16, 2016

Synchronization might be the No. 1 determinant in whether you hit a good golf shot. In terms of timing, most swings go awry in the transition from backswing to downswing. Take a look at Patrick Reed here and watch what his lower body does as his upper body is still completing the backswing.


Did you see it? His hips start to initiate the downswing by moving toward the target. In other words, his upper body is going back while his lower body is going forward. This all happens in a fraction of a second, but it's enough to ensure the movements of body, arms, and club follow in the proper order. This, my friends, is synchronization 101. If any part of this sequence is out of order, you've greatly reduced your chance of hitting a solid and accurate shot.

While this athletic change of direction might seem impossible to duplicate—especially if you've learned to sync your swing in some other way or if you aren't particularly flexible—there are at least two things you can do in the gym to train your body to move the way the pros do. Click on the video below to watch a demonstration of these exercises.