Know Your Numbers: Transition Angle

As our Interpreting ClubHub Swing Parameters Guide states, transition refers to the angle of the club shaft relative to horizontal at the moment backswing ends and the downswing begins. If the head of the club is above the handle, the angle is expressed as “above” and has a + sign. If the handle of the club is above the club head, the angle is expressed as “below” and has a – sign.

For full swings, this angle tells the player whether they stopped their backswing short of parallel (above) or went past parallel (below). For example, if a player stops 10 degrees short of parallel, ClubHub will display “+10.0 above.”

For finesse shots, e.g. a short pitch, the angle tells the player whether they lifted the head above parallel or stopped short of parallel.

Getting to Parallel?

If not, that’s ok. The key to a tour-player-perfect transition angle isn’t about getting to parallel. It’s about not rushing your backswing and starting the transition with your body. Before your backswing ends, your hips should start the first movement of the downswing by shifting slightly to the left for right-handed golfers and slightly to the right for left-handed golfers. This movement will start the propulsion of your downswing.

How ClubHub Can Help

Track your transition angle with ClubHub while at the range by favoriting your best shots—when you make solid contact and hit accurately toward your target. Note your transition angle number for those shots and reference that number when you are on the course. This analysis will allow you to see how much your course play is affected by the mental game. It will also give you a reference to help you get that same relaxed swing from range to rounds.

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