Saturday, February 1, 2003
Heat Up Your Game Inside And Out!
Whether you're snowbound or course-bound, here?s all you need to keep your game burning hot
An exercise that effectively helps to ingrain the proper downswing positions and build some power into your motion is called the Pump Drill. Assume your normal setup position and take the club up to the top of the swing. From there, slowly move the club to three-quarters down and then to a position that’s parallel to the ground. At that point, “pump” the club back up to the top. Move the club slowly to help you achieve the proper positions. “Pump” the club three times, then swing through to the finish. As you feel more confident that you’re in the right spots, you can speed up the pumps until you’re moving at your normal tempo. Make sure to keep your right hip back, away from the ball, and your right knee flexed. This is a great drill that helps you slot the club perfectly and deliver it on the correct, power-rich path.
Tear It Up
This power-enhancing drill teaches golfers that it’s okay to take a big divot. Taking a divot means you’re aggressive though the ball at impact and beyond. Therefore, when you practice, take power divots! Not only take a divot, but also throw in a good grunt, similar to what a tennis player emits when returning a backhand for the winning point.
Kids do this all the time when they hit balls on the range. They swing with wonderful and reckless abandon. More importantly, they swing. Rarely are they concerned with positions and angles. And, for the most part, kids don’t have a problem with acceleration. As a strong, healthy adult, why should you?
Line up 10 golf balls and hit each one with 100 percent effort. Make a grunt with each impact, and get used to taking a good, healthy power divot. If the ground is too firm and you’re afraid you’ll injure your wrists and hands, move over to the rough.
If you want to enhance your power, start by making a concerted effort to do so!
Use a mirror to check your finish fundamentals:
A good, balanced finish should have the right shoulder positioned so that it’s even or slightly ahead of the left foot.
A straight back not only promotes good balance, it’s also much easier on your body than a reverse “C.”
At the finish, the knees should be even, indicating that you’ve turned fully, with your belt buckle facing the target.
The right foot should be pulled up into the finish position by the rotation of the body in the release.
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