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What are some possible power leaks?
--Gary R. from Alliance, OH

Hi Gary. Thanks for writing MyGolfInstructor.com. I'm looking forward to helping you with your game.

There are many things in the golf swing and set up that can cause a player to lose power. A few off the top of my head are:

1) A poor grip
2) Lack of coil or a sway
3) An early release
4) A cut swing

With our grip we need to have our hands in a position to be able to properly release the club head and get some hand speed through our release. Holding the grip in the palms of your hands for instance makes your wrist less supple and more stiff throughout the golf swing and this robs you of clubhead speed.

If you are swaying back and forth as opposed to getting a nice tight coil you are lacking rotational speed which is much more forceful than just sliding back and forth.

Releasing the club early is the ultimate waste of power and energy. You form angles in the backswing with your rear arm and wrist only for the purpose of having them to release down into the ball. When you release them before impact you are definitely losing a lot of power as you are then decelerating into the ball.

Any time you cut across the ball and put cut spin on it you have more backspin on the ball than a straight ball or one that draws. Because of this when your ball hits the ground you will get less roll and it's likely that your ball is climbing too much as well.

If you are having problems with distance/power I would simply run down this list and see if you can find your power leak.

I hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks.

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