If you are one of the c.80% of golfers who seldom hit a drive more than 200 yards, lack power in your iron shots and generally fail to hit as far as your golf pals, then this article is definitely for you.
There are lots of theories regarding golf, the power drive in particular, and a powerful golf swing, you can find them all over the internet, in books, dvd's, from your local pro, even your buddies will have a few of their own. The one common theme that I agree with though, is don't try and murder the ball, it just doesn't work that way. The harder you try and hit the ball, the less control you have of your swing and balance and the ball will most likely just have a wild slice! Sometimes it might just all fit together right and you'll hit a beauty, but very rarely.
Well, not that long ago, I was in the same lack of power in my shots, I'd taken instruction, read everything I could find on the subject, practiced at the range and nothing worked. I've lost count of the times I've changed my swing, clubs, stance, grip, you name it, I've changed it. I know I'm telling you nothing new, you've most likely been through the same, but I found a method that works, at least it did for me, and I thought you would like to know what it is.
One of the things I noticed was that no matter what I changed (except for the clubs) within a few weeks my swing invariably returned back to my old one. As none of the changes worked anyway, it did not matter too much, but it led me to believe that maybe my "natural" swing was not the problem. So I started to think of ways that could increase power without having to change my swing at all. It wasn't until I was trying to teach my young nephew to flip a coin, that it dawned on me.
The more tension you let build up in your thumb before releasing it to flip the coin, the faster your thumb releases and the further the coin flies in the air. Here's the scary bit, I thought, "How could I apply that to the golf swing?"
There is just one thing gives you straight shots. The straight shot is produced by the club face being square at impact.
There is just one thing gives you distance. The distance is produced by the speed of the club head.
That's it, in a nutshell, easy... isn't it?
Well, putting it into practice may not be quite so easy.
Taking a short back swing will help to keep the club head square, the longer the back swing, the more room for error.
The problem now, is getting speed into a short back swing!
It's not that easy to hit a good shot at first, using the following method, but with a bit of practice this really does work, it goes something like this.
Take your normal stance, no club or ball just yet, take your normal back swing but don't go much further than waist height, your left arm should be roughly parallel with the ground, and stop. Get someone to support your hands to stop them coming down and allow you to build up tension in them by gradually pulling down against the upward force of your friends hand, then get them to suddenly take their hand away. I'll bet your forward swing has never been as fast.
Now try it with a club (minus the friend, don't want any accidents). This time, take the same backswing, stopping at the same height, then let your right hand stop your left from dropping, just for a second, until you've got a small amount of tension built up, then, suddenly, stop holding back your left hand.
It's as simple as that, make your back swing as short as it needs to be to hit a good shot, then, once you get the feel for it you can start increasing your back swing a bit at a time. Don't rush it, a short back swing can still deliver a lot of club head speed which is where the power comes from.
I hope I've managed to explain this well enough. The timing might be a bit strange at first, but try it at the range,. It took me a while to get the ball to fly straight and I had to use a slightly open stance, you also might try strengthening your grip (ie, at address the back of your right hand faces more towards the ground than normal), apart from that it has worked well for me, and you can control how far the shot will go (particularly with the irons) by varying the amount of tension you allow to build up before releasing. Remember, the back swing can be as slow and controlled as you like, in fact a hurried back swing can spoil the shot.
I'm not going to make wild claims about how far I can hit the ball now, that just doesn't mean anything to you, anyone can make claims, I've seen plenty of them, and anyway, it's how far you will be able to hit the ball that matters, and I'm not going to make any claims there either, except to say that I'm sure you will hit further than you do at present.
You will find excellent information on curing your slice here, It is also a more orthodox method.
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