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Power

Having Power in the golf swing is to apply great force and speed to the swing and in turn to the ball. The greater the power a player has the further he or she will be able to hit the ball. A player's overall strength is an important key in generating power or force in the golf swing. Mechanics and equipment however also play a big role.

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Power Tips

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  • Correct Launch Angles Are a Must

    According to the TrackMan launch monitor if you catch your drives on the upswing anywhere from 4-6 degrees you will maximize your distance. Achieving the correct launch angles on your drives combined with a solid center hit and high club head speed gives you the combination you need to hit the ball as far as possible. A descending blow on a drive will rob you of considerable distance.

  • Lag the Clubhead

    For all full swings keep the club head behind your hands as long as possible to make sure that you hit the ball first, then the ground. When you lag the club and let it release at the last possible moment you are storing your energy and maintaining control. Remember, as soon as the club catches up to your hands and starts to pass them you are no longer descending and no longer in control of the face.

  • The Sweet Spot is the Key

    Hitting the sweet spot is a must to maximize accuracy and distance with your driver. To check where you are hitting you can buy face tape or face spray at your local golf superstore. If you can't find those simply use a dry erase marker and color the face of your driver. All of these options will show you a nice ball mark on the face where you are making contact. Knowing where you are striking the ball on the face will give you great feedback about your swing.

  • A Bigger X Factor Means More Speed

    The "X Factor" in golf is the difference between your hip and shoulder turn. The bigger the difference between your hip and shoulder turn, the bigger the X Factor and thus, the faster your rotation. This translates into more clubhead speed and is more important in the downswing actually than in the backswing. Players that hit the ball the furthest are those that increase their X Factor on the way down. Flexibility is a huge determining factor in how big a player can make their X Factor. Be sure to incorporate exercises that increase the difference between your shoulder and hip turn and increase your ability to rotate in your fitness program.

  • Build Legs, Core and Back For Power

    To increase your distance on your drives work on building your legs, core and the back of your lead shoulder. Those are the power muscles in the golf swing. Studies are now showing that at impact your abductor muscles (the muscles in your legs that help you push out) are bearing three times your body weight, so they'd better be strong enough to support it!

  • Keep Increasing Acceleration

    When driving be sure to gradually build your acceleration throughout the downswing so that it hits peak speed at the ball. If you jump at the ball from the top of your swing and try to hit it hard, you will actually be decelerating by time you get to the ball. Accelerating from the top also throws off your kinematic sequence and causes your swing to get out of sync. This not only decreases your speed, but can also throw your swing off plane.

  • A Big Arc Equals Power

    When driving, make the biggest arc you possibly can. The bigger your arc, the faster your club head speed and then of course, the greater your distance. This means you need to keep your lead arm fully extended throughout the backswing just as it was at address. Folding the arms or letting them collapse into the body creates a narrow arc and less power.

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