The Golf Factory Chapter One
Homer Kelley's "The Golfing Machine"

Rhythm

Chapter # One - Rhythm

It has been determined that during the golf swing, THREE THINGS MUST HAPPEN to insure a consistently repetitive swing, a swing, capable of producing desirable and dependable results.

The FIRST thing is a STATIONARY HEAD. The head must stay still. It cannot move backwards or forwards in its relationship with the ball. It cannot move away from or towards the target. It cannot move up or down in its relationship with the ground. Any movement of the head away from or towards the target during the back swing must be corrected by precisely the same opposite movement during the forward swing. Any movement of the head away from or towards the ball during the back swing must be corrected by precisely the same opposite movement during the forward swing. Any movement of the head away from or towards the ground during the back swing must be corrected by precisely the same opposite movement during the forward swing. Any movement of the head requires a correction that is precise in timing and in movement. Any variation in the timing or movement corrections will result in imprecise impact and varying ball flights.

The SECOND thing that must happen in a consistently repetitive swing, one that will produce desirable, dependable results is RHYTHM. Rhythm is, anytime that the left hip is moving away from or towards the target:
Rhythm of the golf swing

  1. The hands are at their low point moving horizontally with the ground.
  2. The left wrist and the clubhead will move around the left hip at the same revolutions per minute, the same rpms created by the left hip rotation.

While the left hip is moving, the butt of the grip will always point at the same point on the left hip. The faster the hip turns, the faster the left wrist and clubhead must move. The slower the left hip moves, the slower the left wrist and clubhead must move.

If the left hip is ahead of the left wrist and the clubhead at impact, the clubface will be open.
The ball will miss the target to the right.

If the left wrist is ahead of the left hip and the clubhead at impact, the clubface will be open.
The ball will miss the target to the right.

If the clubhead is ahead of the left wrist and the left hip at impact, the clubface will be closed.
The ball will miss the target to the left.

The THIRD thing that must happen in a consistently repetitive swing, one that will produce desirable results is BALANCE.

The golfer must be in good balance to maintain a stationary head and allow the proper movement of the hips away from the target during the back swing and toward the target during the forward swing. If balance is not maintained the head will be moving and the body will not transfer the weight from the right side to the left side properly. Balance starts with the FEET. They are the foundation. The heels of the feet must be the width of the hips. THE HEELS OF THE FEET MUST BE PARALLEL TO THE TARGET LINE. DO NOT BE CONCERNED WITH THE TOE LINE. IT CAN BE MISLEADING.

If the heels are too close together they may not be able to support the upper body movement. Excessive upper body movement will cause the head to move, breaking rule number 1, THE STATIONARY HEAD. With the heels positioned under the hips, they form a straight line, the feet, the knees and the hips. This straight-line relationship will allow the right leg to support the back swing motion. The left leg will be able to support the forward swing motion. The head will remain still.

IF THE FEET ARE TOO WIDE THEY WILL CAUSE ONE OF TWO ERRORS:

1) The weight will start too much toward the center of the stance. As the backswing progresses, the weight will try to get over the right foot. If the head moves during this motion,rule number 1, THE STATIONARY HEAD will have been broken.

2) The weight will start too much toward the center of the stance. As the backswing progresses, the weight will try to get over the right foot. If the head does not move with the attempted weight transfer, it will force the weight toward the left foot causing a reverse weight shift.

The weight can be distributed evenly over the left and right foot, when they are positioned under the hips. This will allow the weight to move over the right foot during the backswing (The left foot could be raised completely off the ground and not effect balance) and over the left foot during the forward swing (The right foot could be raised completely off the ground and not effect balance). This position of the feet will allow the correct weight transfer and body rotation without causing any head movement.

The Golfing Machine
Howard McMeekin, PGA Life Member, author of the Golf Factory

The Golf Factory explains rhythm, the left hip, left wrist and the clubhead moves together.