Thursday, May 1, 2003
Formulas For Power
Maximize your distance by learning the methods of some of the Tour?s longest hitters
F + (SR -.80m) = P+E
footwork and weight off the right side = power and extension
A golfer with surprising power is Phil Taturangi. At impact, notice how his right foot achieves a position in which the only part touching the ground is the sole of the shoe under the big toe. This may seem like a small detail, but it establishes several key ingredients of a powerful swing.
First, this right foot position moves the weight off of the right side toward the target. Second, the right knee is moved in the direction of the left knee, which provides room for the arms to stay down in front of the body. Finally, this correct footwork enables his left hip to rotate properly, which creates a firm left side to hit against.
Foot Action Drill
The purpose of the Foot Action drill is to feel the correct position and movement in the right foot from impact into the finish. Begin the drill by taking a normal address position. While keeping everything else in place, move the right foot so that the only portion of the shoe touching the ground is the sole under the big toe. The right knee will move toward the left knee and the left hip will open slightly and begin to straighten the left leg. The legs should remain in this position while you make a short backswing and move through to the finish. The right foot should end up fully rotated so that the only portion of the shoe on the ground is the toe, with most of your body weight on your left side.
(Tbs + Tds)2 = P+S
aggressive backswing and downswing turn = power and speed
Shigeki Maruyama creates a tremendous amount of power by making a very wide shoulder turn away from the ball. This huge windup creates three key factors of increased power. First, his upper body, including his head, is allowed to move away from the ball to the top of the swing, which facilitates a strong, powerful move back to the ball on the downswing. Second, the turn also creates a wider, longer distance for the club to cover on the downswing, which allows the clubhead to gain momentum and speed. Finally, by turning so dynamically, the body must rotate during the downswing to get back to impact. This produces more centrifugal force and a whip-like action of the club through impact.
Shoulder Turn Drill
The purpose of the Shoulder Turn drill is to create a more powerful coil at the top of the backswing. To achieve Shigeki Maruyama’s turn, your left shoulder must be encouraged to end up well behind the ball at the top of the swing. A good reference point is the seam in the shirt that’s on top of the left shoulder. Monitor this seam during the backswing to make sure your shoulder attains the desired position. Try making swings in slow motion at first, fully concentrating on completing your turn. When it becomes more comfortable, move on to full swings.
f(WL) = P+C
flat left wrist = power and consistency
K.J. Choi perfectly demonstrates one of the most crucial elements of a powerful golf swing—a flat left wrist. The resulting on-plane downswing not only adds consistency by keeping the clubshaft pointed at the target line and the clubface square, but also creates power by ensuring that the hands lead the clubhead through impact. This sustains acceleration into the ball and prevents throwing the club from the top of the backswing with the hands and arms.
What’s so apparent in Choi’s golf swing is that the left wrist has become flat in the transition from backswing to downswing. This puts him in a perfect delivery position, with the area from his knuckles to his shoulder perfectly flat.
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