Get Mega Long!
Bust your drives with tips from the L.D.A
Hitting big drives requires you to hold the angle formed by the shaft and your gloved arm for as long as possible. By doing this, you’re building a ton of energy that will whip through impact and into the golf ball, a la Danny Luirette. It’s also a good way to help hit the ball from an inside-to-out swing path, resulting in a big powerful draw.
Furthermore, the body needs to do its part too. No matter how well you hold the angle, if the body isn’t rotating (see Allen McDougall), you won’t have good results. Instead, be sure to allow the body to rotate open as you hold the angle with your hands. Not only does this add a lot of power, but you’ll find you’ll hit straighter drives, too.
Some golfers get this tip confused. They think you have to always have a straight left arm, from the start of the swing, and into the finish. That may be the case with Josh Matthies’ swing. But do you need a straight left arm during the whole swing?
First, check out his backswing at the top. Not only is he demonstrating an amazing amount of flexibility, but he’s also keeping his left arm straight. His position at the top of his swing is Tour caliber, to say the least. When most folks make a swing this big, they simply don’t have the strength and flexibility to hold such a rigid left arm in this position. Meaning, it’s okay to add some elbow flex.
Halfway through the downswing, Matthies' left arm is still straight. This ensures his hands stay behind his body as he rotates his body, which again, adds speed. If there’s a moment in the swing when you want a left arm that’s straight, it’s here.
In the last photo, this again shows Matthies' amazing power. Not only is his left arm straight, so is his right arm! This full extension is made possible by a big rotation of the lower and upper body through the hit. How can he pull this off? Well, if you look closely, his arms actually are extended out straight in front of his chest. Again, when you rotate, especially the upper body in this case, it’s easier to make a full extension of the arms through the hit when your arms are protruding out from in front of your chest. It’s when you stop rotating, that the arms collapse through impact and power leaks like a sieve.
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