First off, let’s define exactly what casting is.
The TPI definition of casting is the pre-mature release of the wrist angles during the downswing and through impact (like the casting of a fishing rod). The angle between the forearm and the club INCREASES.
The angle loss results in a weakened impact position with the lead wrist being cupped at ball strike. The angle loss adds loft to the face of the club and as a result, we see a loss of power and consistency.
I put the words power and consistency in bold for a reason.
The #1 request I get from golfers who are looking for help with their golf game is due to a loss of power. They feel as though they are just not hitting the ball as far as they’d like to.
The #2 request I get from all the golfers who seek my help is to improve consistency.
These go hand in hand, as the best way to increase power is to make better center-face contact.
What Causes Casting?
Well, there can be many. This is why we perform the level 1 screen. The screen tells us what you can and cannot do in relation to what is required and desired of a mechanically correct golf swing.
It could be anything from poor wrist mobility (essential for setting and maintaining wrist angles throughout the swing).
While that’s possible, having performed hundreds of screens on golfers just like you, it’s typically NOT the reason.
As with most upper body swing characteristics, any dysfunction in the lower body can be the root cause. In other words, if the lower body is not initiating the downswing sequence, the upper body will try to compensate to make up for the missing lower body. Lower body dysfunction includes poor hip mobility, identified in:
- Lower Quarter Rotation Test
- Pelvic Rotation Test
The Lower Quarter Test tells us HOW much mobility you have in the lower quarter, most of which should be coming from the hips.
The Pelvic Rotations Test tells us IF you can rotate the pelvis independently of the upper body. This skill is essential in order to initiate the downswing sequence with the lower body.
The Body/Swing Connection for Pelvic Rotation/Lower Quarter Rotation:
These tests directly relate to the Kinematic Sequence. The best golfers in the world initiate the downswing with the lower body. Therefore, it’s critically important to disassociate the lower body from the upper body if you want the lower body to lead.
If you can’t disassociate, you might see the upper body lead the downswing (that could be casting, over-the-top, casting, scooping, or chicken winging).
OK, Now What?
I can tell you with near certainty that you will struggle to pass both of these screens. Assuming you don’t pass, then what?
Well, the first thing I would do with you is work on improving rotation and hip mobility. This involves several steps that include improving tissue quality, tissue length, and mobilizing the hip joint.
These steps will enhance muscle length, decompress your joints, and improve your overall body mechanics.
Groove it-Learn To Disassociate
While the 3 steps listed above will help you feel better and move better if that’s where your strategy ends, they will not likely help you play better. That’s because you need to create a new pattern to replace the old when that was created around your former physical limitations. Once a limitation is improved or removed you still need to learn how to move differently. This is what I call Grooving the pattern. In order to have a proper downswing sequence you need to learn to disassociate your lower body from your upper body. The lower body needs to lead.
This is where drills that your golf pro might know are essential. This is what I call the Groove It stage.
- A great swing drill you can try is the Pelvic Punch drill, which essentially eliminates the upper body being able to initiate the downswing.
- Another great drill you should try is the Step-Change of Direction Drill. This drill teaches you to move your lower body towards the target BEFORE your arms come down toward impact.
Brett’s Bottom Line:
Casting is just one of 12 Swing characteristics that most amateurs would prefer NOT to have! Most of them are directly related to a lack of mobility in the hips, thoracic spine, rib cage, and neck and poor sequencing or poor movement patterns that are built around your existing physical limitations.
If you’d like some help feeling better, moving better, and playing golf better, simply book your free consultation and discover what’s possible.
- Roll it
- Stretch it
- Move it
- Groove it
PLAY GOLF BETTER – Brett The Golf Guy