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I need to fully understand the workhorse and generate more speed. Can you go through this step by step? I’m a little slow!

January 31, 2018

Bobby’s Answer

Thanks for the question, Bob.

While it is not one of the 5 dynamics of impact, the workhorse is certainly important in a golf swing.

Another term for “pivot”, the workhorse is the delivery system of Club head Lag (Dynamic #4) into the ball. The key is that it starts from the ground-up, and it gets activated at the top of your back swing.

“If the power that you lag into impact is your precious cargo, the pivot is the transportation vehicle that carries the goods through the impact zone.”-Bobby Clampett, The Impact Zone.

Next, the first move in your downswing is a slight push downward, which moves your hips laterally and then rotationally through the ball. This is where dynamic impact happens, and it’s all guided by the workhorse.

Most people try to slow down and control the moment of impact. However, the opposite needs to happen. Watch today’s video to see what I mean.


  1. Your explanation of the five swing dynamics are pretty clear. Executing them properly is our challenge. As with most amateur golfers, I have a difficult time hitting down on the ball. Can you recommend a drill that would help us with this swing problem?

  2. Question for Bobby, I’ll be practicing on matts indoors for the next month preparing for the season. Are there drills to work on impact to make sure I’m bottoming in front of ball off matts?

  3. Great explanation of the workhorse. I know that the first movement on the downswing is a lateral hip movement followed by the rotational movement of the hips hips turning toward the target. This short video tip helps understand how to achieve that initial movement in the downswing.
    Thanks for all of your help, especially this tip !

  4. Always thought if you used a mid handicap golfer to show rather what we do wrong that you simply showing what is correct it would be easier to follow

  5. Thanks, Bobby. This was one of your best “corner” explanations. To me, the pivot and how the “horse works” is one of the more mysterious aspects of the impact zone. Thanks for helping de-mystify. Great question from Bob-Thanks to you too.

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