Wednesday, January 18, 2012

How to Develop Powerful Golf Drive Skills?

While many golfers try to generate power from the top down, hitting drives from the ground up will give you the most distance. Squeezing your grip hard and trying to get power from your arms doesn't get you more power on drives, and it can decrease your control and accuracy, causing you to slice and hook. Create reactive power with your legs and torso to generate maximum power on your golf shots. You'll swing easy and hit hard.
Step 1
Warm up with dynamic movements that simulate a golf swing. Perform lunges, arm swings and torso rotations. Do not hold stretches -- static stretching can decrease your muscles' ability to generate power for 15 minutes or longer.
Step 2
Tee your ball slightly forward in your stance, nearer to your front foot. This allows you to shift your weight into the ball, similar to pushing a heavy piece of furniture while leaning forward, rather than as you fall backward.
Step 3
Break your wrists backward to make your initial move in starting the swing. This releases tension in your forearm, which can lead to clubhead deceleration and a loss of power.
Step 4
Turn your core backward to start your backswing. Push your shoulders, arms and club backward, rather than pulling your upper body backward with your club. Let your arms separate from your body naturally as you finish your backswing.
Step 5
Bend your front knee downward as you begin your takeback. Keeping your front leg straight as you shift your weight backward will create a loss of power on the forward swing.
Step 6
Create a 1-2-3 rhythm for your swing by slowing your club down at the end of your backswing, rather than using a 1-2 pendulum motion to swing back and forward. Slowing down the club between the takeback and forward swing helps you better transfer the power created by eccentric muscle contractions during the backswing into your forward swing.
Step 7
Move your hips forward to begin your forward swing while pushing up on your front leg. Let your torso and shoulders pull your club forward, rather than starting your swing with your arms, pushing the rest of your body forward. The heel of your back foot should come off the ground naturally as your weight moves onto your front leg.
Step 8
Turn your hands over, or "snap your wrists," just before you hit the ball. This will align the clubface into the correct hitting position and accelerate your club.
Step 9
Finish the swing over your left shoulder, if you are right-handed, with all your weight moving onto your front foot. This will allow you to maintain your clubhead speed through contact, letting you slow the club down naturally after you hit the ball.

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