Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Drive It A Mile
Add distance with long drive secrets, featuring Sean "The Beast" Fister, 5-time winner Jason Zuback and 11 more of the world's longest hitters
Sean “The Beast” Fister
A lot of players get too mechanical with their golf swing and forget what it’s like to feel athletic. My best tips for power revolve around motions that everybody knows—hitting a baseball and skipping a rock across the water. When you do either activity, you naturally keep your head back and let the motion’s rotational force pull your body into a nice balanced finish position.
Steve “The Predator” Monroe
My key for power is maintaining good balance throughout the swing. One of the most common power leaks I see is when players slide around during the swing or fall back or forward after impact. The next time you go to the range, try making some practice swings at less than full speed, while trying to keep both feet firmly connected to the ground. This is the balance I like to feel when I hit balls, and it definitely allows me to make better contact and hit the ball longer. Remember to keep both feet firmly connected to the ground, and you’ll crush it.
I think most golfers don’t create as much clubhead speed and power as they can because they don’t know how to use their lower body in the swing. Instead, most weekend players try to create power almost entirely with upper-body strength, which isn’t an athletic or efficient way to transfer energy. I concentrate on feeling my legs are flexed and ready to move, particularly during the setup. I never want my knees to feel like they’re locked. Then I let the movement of my lower body pull my hands and arms all the way through impact.
One of the biggest mistakes any golfer can make is to let his arms collapse during the swing. I see this happen to a lot of players in the backswing, and all it does is limit the size of the swing arc and minimize potential power. My main thought during the golf swing is to fully extend my arms on both sides of the swing (that is, at the top and in the followthrough). Try this, and you’ll quickly gain yards.
I have three main keys for maximum power, the first of which is to finish my backswing and not rush into the transition. Once I’ve finished the backswing, I load up the shaft and then try to drive into my front leg through impact. This move speeds up the clubhead and adds power. Finally, I make sure I finish with my body weight moving forward. Don’t let yourself fall back!
I’m a professional golf instructor, and with my students I always stress the importance of grip, stance, alignment and posture. One big fundamental mistake I often see is square or even closed shoulder alignment at setup, which hinders rotation and power. Personally, I like to set my shoulders about 30-degrees open at address. Once my setup is solid, all I think about is turning back and through freely.
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