Body Drive

Quick methods to add serious power to your tee shots

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You can't get your body in the right position at impact if you don't have the right body to begin with. Turn the page to learn more.

No matter what new driver, shaft or even golf ball you choose to play, nothing will help you hit the ball farther if you don't have the right set of swing mechanics. In other words, you still have to know how to swing a club faster and with more clubhead speed. Your new gear won't do all the work for you.

Speaking of work, there are a few things you can do to make sure you're capable of making a powerful swing in the first place. I've put together a short list of my favorite exercises and drills to help you develop better swing mechanics, as well as strengthen and add flexibility to your body. After all, you may know the right way to swing a club, but if your body is holding you back, what's the point? Read on, and get ready for more power!

FEEL YOUR LEGS

It's common for long hitters to have powerful legs, and it really helps in the transition from the top of the swing into the downswing. Power hitters know that the key is to shift the weight from the right side to a rock-solid left side.

You can practice strengthening your outer quadriceps using a tension band as I'm doing here. It's simple. Stand on the band and shift your forward leg (your left) toward the target to simulate a weight shift. The tension you feel in your outer quad and gluteus signifies what muscles should be involved in the transition of your golf swing.


Another great drill to strengthen and build better lower-body mechanics is to do the Step Into It Drill. Start by simply making a regular golf stance (I prefer not hitting a ball and just clipping a tee, by the way). Then, from your normal stance, lift your left foot and place it by your right foot. Take the club back to the top of your backswing, then place the left foot back in its original position at the same moment you start your downswing.

Practicing this drill, you'll quickly sense how your weight drives not only toward the target on the downswing, but also down and into the ground. Rehearse this drill a few times, and when you're ready, hit a few balls. I'll bet you immediately feel more power in your golf swing.

What does a "rock-solid left side" mean? It means that, through the downswing, your body weight stays behind the golf ball. Any excessive sliding or swaying from side to side is a big no-no; it not only robs you of power, but it's also hard on your body. Instead, think of your left leg as a concrete post. Once you shift your weight to your left side on the downswing, stay firm and strong on that left side.



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