Hit the Golf Ball Further Than Ever Before
Did you know that your driver is the second most important golf club in your golf sack, next to the putter? Well, this is very true. If you want to know why, it’s because your drive performance has an impact on the tone for the remainder of the hole. It determines whether you are left struggling just to get back on to the fairway, just praying for pars and bogeys, or desperately trying to get to the green for birdies.
So many golfers out there, of all ages, skill levels, gender and indeed, size, all waste so much effort without knowing some fundamental knowledge about the physics of golfing. This information could mean the difference between losing a game and facing another week of frustration or winning the game and increasing your self-belief, thus increasing your skill level.
Now you are going to learn how to drive the golf ball properly to squeeze a few extra yards out and give us a little advantage!
This will then enable you to have a much easier time with your following iron shot and your chips and putts. There are four main elements to increase your performance in your drives and make your life easier on the course. So stick with me for now and give some time and practice these. Then you will truly be a master of the driver!
1. Coil your upper body
Some of the biggest names in golf such as: John Daly and Tiger Woods and various other top named golfers generate most of their enormous drive power by coiling up the upper parts of their body. In conjunction with low levels of hip turn, this will create a lot of torque in the body and will lower the amount of facile (relaxed) muscles in the body. It basically turns the golfer’s body into a human spring and when released, can deliver a tremendous drive.
To do this, try to maintain a bent right leg and knee joint as you let the golf club swing pass your body, make sure you turn your shoulders all the way with the follow through. Release the “spring” tension in your body and let the club head move through the ball and rotate your hips. Finally, if your stomach is facing toward the hole at end of your golf swing, you know you’ve done it right. Remember: Your hips only turn a fraction of the amount that your shoulders do. Think of your hips as a pivot which your torso is mounted upon.
2. Put “Lag” in your wrists
Most golfers know that the arms and wrists have to release their power during the down swing at some stage. But not all golfers know “the key is in the timing”. The key is to release power as close to the ball as possible. The inexperienced golfer will usually perform “casting”; this is when the wrists release their power at the top of the backswing or too hastily on the way through the downswing. In “lag”, you release the power at the bottom of the swing, thus creating a more powerful swing through. This will gain you the extra yards you need.
How to do this: Use the club to do a slow-paced down swing while having your wrists at right angles between your arm and golf club. As the club lowers, try as best you can to maintain this angle of the wrists. Practice doing this on the full swing and be sure to release the wrists as the clubhead swings through the ball.
3. Swing with your whole body
As we all know, our leg muscles are the strongest and largest muscles in the body. So why not use them to your advantage and get the power from them into your swing along with your upper body muscles?
To do this: Start the drive motion as usual but with this use your legs to balance your body and send the power of your legs at the ball too. Basically you should be using your legs as a guide for your upper body muscles to follow along with your trunk (lower back). There is also less chance of your leg muscles twitching because of their strength. A professional golfer will seem to do a powerful drive without looking like they made much effort to get the power in; well, now you know how they are doing it. They are putting the whole weight and strength of the body and using it to their advantage.
4. Keep Left Arm Extended
You will notice that your left arm tends to bend during the back swing. This is going to hinder your power when you eventually strike the ball. You must maintain a good extend on the left arm so it will give the clubhead a much wider arc.
Remember: A wider arc on the clubhead will create a greater speed on the downswing. This will also give you a much more powerful drive without having to do more work.
Not many golfers are experts on physics, but if you learn the basics of physics (for golf anyway) and treat yourself to a new driver, you will be way ahead of your competitors out there on the golf course. Combine your knowledge with a lot of practice and you could jump from last place to second or even first place!