Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Hitting longer and straighter drives can be easy as long as you have the right fundamentals
Labels: Instruction, Faults And Fixes, Quick Tips, Ballstriking, Driving, Drivers, Techniques, Full Swing, Drills, Pro Tips
When it comes to becoming a better driver of the golf ball, it never hurts to take a few extra steps and get your body into better shape. Our favorite training aids to help golfers build strength, better balance and flexibility include heavy-weighted clubs and resistance bands. But if you can't get your hands on those, grab a couple clubs and make a few swings holding two or three clubs at a time. Heavy-weighted clubs not only build strength, but also do wonders for loosening up tight muscles and help you get in a relaxed state before you swing. Once you get loose, grab your driver, flip it upside down (grip it on the shaft by the clubhead) and swing it. It will feel incredibly light, but don't let that throw you off. Swing it so it makes a "swoosh" sound above where a ball would be. This also will help loosen you up, and it's a great way to work on your tempo and keep that clubhead accelerating through your swing.
Need a quick drill to get the upper body to rotate more effectively? Simple. Grab your towel and make some three-quarter swings from your knees. You'll immediately get a better sense of what it feels like to turn your upper body. Also, it's a great way to work on your tempo and timing. Once you get a feel, go ahead and hit a few.
Use the force! Exercise bands such as this one are a great way to build power and strength. But make sure you use them correctly. Here, I'm using a power band affixed below my left foot. (Hop onto golfgym.com to get one.) As I swing back, I can feel added resistance in my trunk and legs. There's no doubt a few minutes a day of this exercise will add more strength and power to your tee shots.
Rick Sessinghaus, PGA, teaches at Chevy Chase CC and is one of the most popular teachers in Southern California. For more information on his unique teaching perspective, visit ricksessinghaus.com.
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