Women’s Golf: I Want More Distance Now!

Hit the ball farther with these key elements for women

Women's Golf: I Want More Distance Now!

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:

• Setup
• Backswing musts
• Release on the downswing
• Finish

SOLID SETUP

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.

Women's Golf: I Want More Distance Now!

LEFT: Front Elbow Incognito
If you can't see your front elbow, check your grip, then check shoulders; chances are, they're open to the target line.
RIGHT: Front Elbow Sits Lower
Your back elbow should sit lower than your front at setup!

Women's Golf: I Want More Distance Now!

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

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.

Front foot planted, but most of my weight has shifted to the inside heel of my back foot.

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.

5

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!

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

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.

 

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