Body Drive

Quick methods to add serious power to your tee shots

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Notice anything unusual about my shoulders? Yep, my right shoulder naturally rests a little below my left! Call it the product of 25 years of competitive golf. I've actually developed some shoulder tilt that helps me hit longer tee shots.

What does that mean? Simple. Long hitters know that the secret to power is to hit high up on the golf ball with added loft and reduced spin. Now, you may not have the kind of shoulders I do (I have a chiropractor appointment this afternoon), but at the very least, you can stretch and loosen your abductors to make it easer to have some spine tilt in your swing. The stretch is simple. Hold the club above and away from you, and tilt to your right side. Do this as far as you can, and hold, release and repeat.


At address, you can see that I have some of my "natural shoulder tilt," as I like to call it. This not only adds width to my swing, but it makes it a lot easier to start the backswing with the club moving inside the target line.

At impact, notice how my shoulder actually increased even more. This is a good thing, folks, and with practice, you'll see what I mean. The added loft at impact and a wide swing arc will put a high-flying, low-spinning command on the golf ball.

THE POWER SQUAT


If you really want to nuke the ball, consider what it means to squat before you hit. But before you do that, I want you to think of rebounding a basketball. You probably know that to rebound the ball with a big jump, you have to squat down before you leap up. Why? Because it helps you better leverage your body against the ground. The more force you apply down, the higher you'll jump. To see what I mean, try leaping off the ground without squatting. It's impossible, right? Now, squat and feel your legs pressing against the ground.


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