Swinging For The Fences

I can’t tell you how many people come to my lesson tee and say, If I could just get rid of my baseball swing, then all my problems would be solved! My initial thought is always: I wish you had a baseball swing, because it would help you play better golf.

Lead With Your Left

When you want to get some extra distance out of your drives, it’s natural to think that your right or dominant hand (for right-handed golfers) should supply the power. In reality, however, maximum power is a result of a left-hand lead.

Hang A Shirt

At my power clinics and exhibitions, I often recommend to audiences that they try to develop the feeling of holding a golf club long enough at the top of their backswing for someone to hang a shirt on it–the Clothesline Effect, if you will.

Watch The Watch

Like anyone else, I have days when I’m not hitting the ball as crisply as I’d like. If I’m blocking my golf shots or hitting weak pushes, I always go back to basics and make sure I’m releasing the clubhead. Once I start releasing the clubhead properly again, I’ll regain my distance–and my accuracy.

Lengthen The Right

Golfers often talk about the importance of keeping a straight left arm during the backswing. Equally important, but seldom discussed, is the value of keeping the right arm straight during the first two feet of the takeaway. I see many amateurs bend their right elbow too much at address–which causes incorrect posture–and fold their right elbow too quickly as they take the club back. These right elbow flaws create a lifting action and produce a too-narrow swing arc, robbing players of their power potential.

Get A Wedge Edge

There’s more than one way to hit the ball long. Just look at the swings of long hitters like Tiger Woods, John Daly and Fred Couples. Each is different and each serves its purpose well. However, to hit your longest, most powerful drives, three elements must be present: You must fully release the club, swing with an even tempo and remain in balance.

Anchor Your Right Foot

One key to hitting more powerful golf shots is keeping your body behind the ball before impact. A premature lifting of the right foot during the downswing causes golfers to shift too much of their weight to the left side, resulting in a loss of power and distance.

Alternate Driving

When your driving goes south -- or when situations call for something other than the big dog -- ?don't forget your options

The well-worn cliché “drive for show, putt for dough” is familiar to

most golfers, but heeded by few. Hitting big drives is, in fact, often

the most desirable accomplishment in the game for many recreational

players, most of whom are less concerned with score than the bragging

rights that accompany a long drive. Players who are interested in

shooting good scores, however, know that accurate driving, or

strategically positioning the ball off the tee, is a critical part of

playing solid golf, and sometimes mandates the use of different clubs.

Keep It Level

One of the keys to a solid golf swing is a level turn of the shoulders

and hips during the backswing. A solid rotation not only promotes

consistent ballstriking, but lays the foundation for achieving maximum

distance as well.

Preload The Power

Preload The PowerI’m frequently approached at my power clinics and exhibitions by senior

golfers who claim they’ve lost strength and suppleness, which

translates into shorter tee shots. My advice to them for regaining lost

distance is simple and direct: pre-load your power. By that I mean

seniors should make a few swing adjustments to compensate for advancing

age and a diminished ability to turn their shoulders and torque their

torso.