Body Drive

Quick methods to add serious power to your tee shots

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In the golf swing, there's a moment where you should squat, as well. Tiger is a master at leveraging the ground and squatting as he begins his downswing and holds it almost to the very moment of impact where he "snaps" his left leg straight. Try this in your golf swing and see if it adds more distance to your drives. Squat, then snap!


The backswing and the forwardswing are two separate axes. The backswing is a more lateral rotation, where the shoulders and your core turn away from the golf target, both on relatively the same spine angle you had at address. Your downswing, however, is where things get tricky. Your impact position is nothing like your setup position. In fact, it's not even close! At impact, your body is turned open and you actually make contact more on the side of the ball, instead of the ball in front of you at address. This impact position reflects a downswing that's more inclined than you are at any point during the backswing. You can see what I mean in the photos above. I have to drop my right shoulder and hold my spine angle as I lean to my right side.

This is critical. The added incline of my shoulders is what helps me swing the club more from an inside-out path, which is desirable for straighter, more consistent drives.

Let's look at what happens if I make a downswing on roughly the same axis that my backswing is on. As you can see (above), I'm likely to come into the ball too flat and from outside in, causing a whole slew of ugly tee shots.

Instead, the correct downswing axis is steeper and more vertical. In the above pic, notice how the club is coming into the ball on a steeper path. This is necessary since I'm hitting the ball from my left side and not face on as I was at address.

The trick is to let the right shoulder drop and point the butt of the grip at the ball. This will help steepen your downswing and prevent you from swinging over the top and from outside to inside the target line—which, may I remind you, almost always results in a slice or smothered hook.

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