Learning From Lefty

Strengthen your left side for better contact and bigger distance

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Here’s another exercise that will strengthen your left side and add more power to your game. It’s simple too. All you have to do is make a few left-handed practice swings with two clubs (I suggest mid- or short irons). The trick, because they’ll weigh twice as much as one club, is to ensure that they stay together while you swing. If you let them separate, you’re swinging out of sequence and out of control. If they stay together, however, you’re swinging within yourself.

Swing two clubs from the left side.
Keep clubs together while you swing.
Finish balanced and strong.

Start off slowly by gripping the handles—you might need to grip them baseball style—so you don’t hurt yourself or pull a muscle. Never swing at full speed; just feel the weight of the clubs and your left side strengthen as you swing back and forth. Once you’re finished, swing just one of your clubs from the right side and notice how much stronger you feel, and how much lighter the club feels, too.

Originally from Leicestershire, England, Guy Shaw, British PGA, teaches golf at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.


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