Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Increase Your Smash Factor
Quick Tips To Bomb Your Next Drive
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Forearm rotation encourages a ball that draws, which launches the ball with lower spin. Low spin means more roll, and better distance when hitting into the wind. When someone learns to put some draw spin on the ball, a prerequisite is to swing from inside the target line to outside the target line. Think of a tennis player and a topspin forehand. A shot like that produces a lot of forward energy. One last note, a proper draw is hit with an open clubface at impact, but with a significant rate of closure (rate at which the clubface closes) through separation (ball stuck but leaving the face) and into the followthrough. Don't do it too soon and arrive at impact with a closed face. You'll hook the lights out of it!
CHOOSE THE RIGHT GRIPS
One of the most important components of any club in your bag is the grip. It's also one of the most overlooked, since most golfers assume as long as the grip is working well at preventing the hands from slipping, it's not worth thinking about.
Actually, that's not true. Your grips should be comfortable, and yes, they should prevent slippage. But how big your grips are is equally important. Increasing or decreasing your grip size can have a profound effect on how the hands operate during the golf swing.
If your grips have a small diameter, typically what this will do is move your grip more into your fingers, which essentially speeds up the hands to help hit more draws and/or battle sliced shots. Grips that have a larger diameter do the opposite, and slow the hands down. This is a great way to fight a hook. Also, lighter grips can help you hit higher shots. So, weight is something to consider, as well.
Either way, get fitted for the proper grip size and weight, and then experiment with the right grip diameter that works best for you. This may even mean having different grip diameters for different clubs in your bag.
Vijay Singh does this drill before all of his tee shots, which will help ignite your kinematic chain (sequence of events in the downswing). To maximize your potential for the greatest possible clubhead speed, you must initiate your downswing with your lower body. The sequence of movement in a powerful swing is a lot like shifting gears in a race car from first to second to third, fourth and then fifth. We must do the same in the golf swing—you can't jump gears in an effort to get to fifth gear quicker. The downswing begins with your feet, then knees, hips, shoulders, arms, hands, and finally the clubhead is given speed from the proper kinematic sequence. Most over-the-toppers do it wrong from the beginning of the downswing, initiating with a spinning of the shoulders, forcing them to swing across the ball, with nothing but weak glancing contact. The "Step Into It" drill helps you get your sequencing correct.
To do it, take a backswing and lift your left leg as you reach the top. Then, as you start the downswing, plant it down and swing through. Do this a few times before the next tee shot that you really want to rip.
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