We all want more distance off the tee. With women, I see a few common threads that need addressing, and pronto.
The key elements to hitting the ball farther are:
• Backswing musts
• Release on the downswing
• Chin up, not pinned.
• Arms hang down without tension, with shoulders over toes.
• Shaft pointing to belt buckle, ensuring I'm the correct distance from the ball.
• The right bend from hip joints, not waist, creating good angles in my hip crease and knees.
• Pressure points in the feet favoring the balls of my feet.
• Zero doubt, only laser focus on a specific target out in the fairway.
BACKSWING KEYS: LOAD WITH A PURPOSE TO RIP IT!
• Left arm is still connected to my chest.
• Chest facing opposite of fairway, confirming I made a full shoulder turn.
• Hip and knee crease still intact, confirming that I've stayed in my posture. Many players lose this at the top of their swing.
• Big stretch through my back. I feel tightly coiled. Club not even to parallel, but my shoulders have turned significantly.
• I feel like I sit into my back hip, almost as if it heads back toward the target.
• I feel pressure on the inside of my back thigh.
• My feet are gripping the turf. This is your power source. Use the ground as leverage. Grip it to rip it!
COIL FOR POWER
• My clubface matches my left forearm.
• I've maintained my posture as indicated by my hip and knee crease. My belt buckle points down. Many players straighten the back leg, causing the hip to raise.
• I like to feel a low center of gravity with the ground from the start of the swing to the moment I'm ready to explode into the ball.
• Front foot planted, but most of my weight has shifted to the inside heel of my back foot.
ONCE YOU REACH HIP HEIGHT, EXPLODE!
• The L of my right elbow is still intact. My legs are driving the downswing with my hands and arms following.
• Pressure point moves toward front toe.
• My shoulder plane is still intact. Once I hit hip height, I release the L hard through impact.
• Using the ground as leverage, I'm driving into the ground with my front leg.
• Pressure point moves to outside heel.
RELEASE—LET IT GO!
• A good release is the result of doing everything else right.
• My right arm crosses over my left. Notice my left palm facing toward the sky and my left arm still connected to my upper chest.
• My shaft is rehanging, creating the L.
FINISH FOR POWER
• An aggressive finish generates incredible clubhead speed.
• Sternum is still square to the ball as my hips are unwinding at warp speed.
• My right shoulder has completely rotated through the shot.
• Belt facing left of target.
• Aggressively getting to your finish is the secret to power, assuming you've loaded in the backswing.
• Pressure point on the outside of my front heel.
Christina Ricci is an LPGA apprentice and a top-selling author for the female enthusiast. You can learn more at www.golfsurvivalguide.com.