Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Power Tips & Drills
Learn to hit it big with my 10 simple drills and tips
Labels: Instruction, Faults And Fixes, Quick Tips, Ballstriking, Driving, Swing, Power, Techniques, Full Swing, Drills, Exercises
Think about hitting a nail with a hammer—do you just move your arm or does your wrist hinge, too? (Which adds a snap and some speed?) I tell my students to get their wrists hinging pretty early in their swings, so when their arms are parallel to the ground in their backswing, their club points to the sky and forms a 90° angle with their left arm (see photo). Don’t tighten up like you see me doing in the small photo. Keep your wrist sockets relaxed so the club can hinge freely. Again, feeling it happen early in your swing is fine. As your arms swing back to start your swing, feel as if your left wrist is pushing and your right wrist pulling to help get the club to hinge properly.
To stay in sync, consider this baseball analogy: Pitchers throw changeups so the batter swings out in front of the pitch. This sacrifices the batter’s leverage and power. If you apply that lesson to golf, you realize that you don’t want to “get out in front of it.” You want to stay back and let the clubhead swing past you and into the followthrough.
After you’ve tried this drill, stand up and make a baseball swing, feeling the same concept as above. When you’re standing vertical and swinging parallel to the ground, it’s much easier to let your arms roll over and release. As you make these swings, make sure to keep your arms relaxed. Try to feel the weight of the clubhead as you swing. (I’ve never seen anyone make the baseball swing and have the chicken wing on their followthrough.)
Then, lower the club and make some knee-high swings, keeping the club as parallel to the ground as you can, while allowing the club to release and your forearms to roll over. Now set the club down for a regular swing and continue to feel the club release and your forearms to roll over as you swing through the shot. Again, always try to feel the weight of the clubhead when you swing, so your forearms roll over through impact.
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