My Friends know me as a fairly long hitter.
I swing hard to get maximum clubhead speed.
Because I swing hard, it is sometimes difficult to stay in sequence.
That means that at impact it not exactly perfect. Or better said, it was yet another miss-hit.
A mis-hit means that I just lost a ton of distance. Every time I do this I promise my self I will pay closer attention to my pace and swing sequence so that I can get closer to the sweat spot of the clubhead.
And it will allow me to do the one thing that I know I must in order to get the maximum out of the club I am using at that moment.
If it's the driver, there is really only one thing that I want t accomplish, hit it in the fairway, oh and of course hit it a mile. So it's really two things.
Does one beget another. Or are the two absolutely not compatible?
We should understand that when a PGA/LPA player hits the ball off the tee, with the driver, they are not swinging EASY. Most of them are swinging just under what is as hard as they can. I know it looks easy but it is absolutely not.
Look at Ernie Els. He is so smooth it is like a hot knife through butter. Silky Smooth. The Big Easy. Yet he is one of the longest hitters on the tour. MMMM !
Makes no sense does it.
So what's the gig? How do they do it?
Well the answer is not quite as easy as I may have inferred. But the actual move is easy. It's what goes just before the actual move that may create some issues.
I am going to tell you where the power source is. But first a couple of warnings so that you will understand the source.
You must have done many things correct before the moment of power. Good Grip, good setup!
You must have established the two angles and kept them in tact through and into the backswing. ( see previous article on angles) Your first move on your downswing must not be over the top. It should be a slight bump to the left and dropping of the right elbow to the right side.
And as you do this remember to keep your head and your shoulders back. This will help keep you on plane. The club should be on plane and on the correct inside path toward the ball. This will happen if you have made the correct first move.
I am about to tell you the move. But first listen up ! This will be impossible to do if you do not have a very good grip. If you have a weak grip, I strongly suggest that you make it at the very least neutral. But better if your left hand were more on the top of the grip of the club and your right hand matches the left. So that they work together.
There is no way, and not enough words in our language for me to express how important a good grip is to you and your golf swing. A lot of people have told me to get over it. But I have never seen a good player with a bad grip. If your left hand is on the club in a weak position there is no way you can create the correct angles that are so important. It just cannot be done.
No angles, no leverage. No leverage no power.
So if you have a poor grip and if you insist on keeping a poor grip for what ever reason, then rest assured, anything that you may learn here will not work for you.
OK. . sorry that I yelled at you.
Are you ready for the power move?
As I mentioned already you will have had to make the previous moves in your golf swing as good as you can before this will work.
Now go to a door in your home. . . are you there? Grab the door knob with your left hand and turn it to the left. It should have looked like this. You grab the knob and you see the back of your left hand, you turn it to the left and the back of your left hand moves left, you continue to turn and the back of your left hand turns down or under. Do this four or five times and watch the action of your left hand.
Now as you swing the club toward impact turn you left hand exactly the same way. So that it turns down and under. Do it fast.
Practice this with little mini swings. Make sure your path is good, from the inside. And just take small swings and turn the left hand down and under at impact. Minimize your movement. No swaying and all that stuff. And make sure you finish the swing, let the arms get fully through the impact position. Don't “cut it off".
Just little swings to get used to the feelings.
When you do this right, there will be an effortless release of power that will shock you. No need to jump all over it. Just practice it for a while.
It is the one thing that you can do right now to get a tremendous power increase.
Now get a grip.
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