To Start the Downswing…

…or in transition if you prefer…which I do…

Femur down, humerus forward.

Hint-This is not vague or cryptic. Watch a slo-mo of any swing you find awesome before you pass judgement.




  1. chris

    im assuming you mean both on the right side

  2. paulk

    Monte if you combine your zipper away with the femur down then it seems to me that you end up with a squat, less chance of a sway and loads of space to swing into.
    Have seen this mentioned a bit lately in different guises but it seems a little mentioned fact of the swing which most of us high handicappers are unaware of.
    There may still be plenty that can go wrong but at least you give yourself a fighting chance if you aren’t getting in your own way.

  3. Lawrence

    I take it your talking about the left femur and humerus

    • paulk

      Could be both humerii (?) – lead with the right elbow, left arm beginning to move off the chest – perhaps

  4. Geoff Dickson

    Having received this advice from Monte two weeks ago in a face to face lesson, I am certain he is talking about the right femur and the right humerus.

  5. Geoff Dickson

    This is how it plays out for me….

    Femur down ensures the right hip is lower than left…the right knee is lower than the left…which allows for some right side bend.

    Humerus forward was another way of leading with the right elbow…which enabled me to get the a lot less steep on the downswing

  6. Mike

    thanks Geoff that helps me make sense of Monte’s wisdom which comes hard earn and requires me to do some work in understanding and experiencing it for myself.

  7. Will

    “Femur down, humerus forward.”

    By femur down, does that mean sit into your right heel or put more pressure into your right heel to start the downswing?

    Humerus forward I understand, lead or start with the right elbow.

    • Geoff Dickson

      No. It just means you feel like you stick your trail knee into the ground on the downswing.

  8. Lawrence

    Just another feel/intent to add to the zipper, right shoulder out, lead with right elbow? I would love for these “feels” to be categorized!

  9. Chris

    The thing that confused me about this post is which direction is down and forward? I am guessing that down is really more of the hip which works toward the ground to make sure you are behind the ball. But is forward down the target line or perpendicular to the target line?

  10. Calvin

    Dang, Monte. Played nine with a Sunday bag and 5 clubs with that swing thought; best score in months and I hadn’t played in six weeks due to back trouble. What it did for me was consistent striking and direction control. No effect on distance.

    The Sunday bag and 5 clubs took a load off me too.

  11. Eric

    As a skier, “femur down” sounds like a great way to explain to someone how it feels to properly drive down and into the outside/downhill leg to initiate and hold a turn. Ground forces!

  12. Matthew

    this just read weird to me but did a little google work and holy shit balls thanks monte

    • Nick

      What did you google, Matthew?

  13. Jack M

    I have followed Monte with interest. He is the thinking man’s pro, explaining WHY particular movements are made and why feels can deceive. On this, where does the “release” – right hand, right index finger, come into it. When I use these swing cues it FEELS like I am not releasing the club as “much” as when I use the right index finger from the top. Isn’t it true that the “right upper arm” lead inhibits the release?

  14. Parmark

    Wow. Sometimes the simpler the better.
    We sure try to make this harder than it needs to be. Thanks for such a simple but effective move.

  15. Luke

    I’m still confused by which femur is “down” for a right-handed player.
    It’s a great tip, but I can see it both ways. Left femur to get your bump forward or “squash the tomato.” Right femur to slow the hips a fraction to allow the right elbow to reconnect to the right hip. Thanks in advance.


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