What is the “bump”
It is the 3D motion of hip rotation & tilt at the start of the downswing
How does the Swing Governor teach the bump
Using the Swing Governor, you can experience the feeling of the “bump” by moving from “address” to “Impact” position – a position we call “Impact-Feel”
The actual motion from Address to Impact-Feel is the “bump”
At the Impact-Feel position, the Swing Governor will be on the verge of slipping out, notifying you are in the correct position. Remember this position as we will be recalling this position & feel on the downswing
So at the start of the downswing, your priority is to get the lower body & hips back to the Impact-Feel position – this is the “bump”
When your lower body is in the Impact-Feel position, the Swing Governor will slide out & the club shaft should be parallel with the ground. This position is the Release point so the upper body, arms & clubs are ready to be released into the back of the ball.
If you don't start down correctly, you will be forced to make last ditch changes as you approach the ball, throwing the swing into disarray
Why Is the “bump” so critical
When thrusting a heavy object towards a target, the Universal Laws of Force & Motion state that you should move the object towards the target from the onset. As opposed to starting the heavy object aimed away from the target, and after it has gained momentum, trying to change its direction towards the target. The "bump" gets the bulky lower body moving in the right direction ie into Impact-Feel
Why use the Swing Governor
When you get to the Top, the position of your lower body is diagonally opposite to where it was at Impact (tilt & rotation) So the Hips have got a lot of work to do to get back to the Impact -Feel position
Top : Hip -30 & 10 tilt ( degrees)
Impact : Hip 30 & -10 Tilt ( degrees)
The Swing Governor guides you through the correct downswing sequence, and provides the mechanics for you. From the correct mechanics you can quickly learn the right feel. The sequence & timing from the Top is:
1. Initiate the bump
2. The club shaft should then be parallel with the ground ( Up until this point, all other aspects of the swing should be quiet & passive)
3. The Swing Governor slips out
4. You are now ready to release the shoulders, arms and club into impact ( Due to the Centrifugal Force that has built up, this is all you can do, "release "
Without the Swing Governor - many golfers experience the downswing blackout – they don't know what to do.
The Swing Governor being between the legs keeps the lower body stable,
so you can move the lower body back into Impact-Feel without swaying and sliding
After 32 swings with the Swing Governor you will definitely “feel” what should be happening.
However this retention is not like riding a bike, where once you have got it you have it for life.
Unfortunately, this “bump” needs to be practised regularly once you have mastered the correct feel.
The Swing Governor also assists with the Kinetic Chain Sequence
As you can see from the graphs below the Swing Governor is used to obtain the correct Kinetic Chain Sequence