You see it on every range and course you play – someone with a swing where their front heel lifts off the ground at the top of the backswing. And while for some players, this is a necessary swing adjustment in order to produce a solid turn, for most, its actually hindering the creation of tension and coil between the upper and lower body. This same resistance is what helps generate and create power in the downswing. In the video below we look a little closer into this swing fault, but with a focus on the weak lower body, characterized by your knees being very close together at the top of your backswing. We call it over-rotation, and it often leads to over-swinging at the top. Both faults tend to produce similar swing results – a lack of power, distance and consistency at impact.
This drill is designed to help you feel the proper tension/resistance at the top of your backswing. By simply turning your lead foot towards the target, you make it all but impossible to have a weak lower body, or over-turn at the top. Your torso muscles will resist the movement. For those of you who lift your front foot at the top – try this drill for awhile, and then swing normally focusing on keeping your front heel on the ground — take notice of the similarities in feel. For those of you who tend to rotate your lower body too much, focus on keeping your knees equidistant to each other throughout the swing, and facing perpendicular to your target line until impact.
With a little practice you should see a big difference in the amount of power you can create, and distance the ball will travel. See the video below. Read More →
Have you ever been told your golf swing is all arms? Do you often suffer from a lack of distance and consistency? Not to worry, it’s a very common fault, and today we’re going to share with you a great drill to help you feel the proper lower body motion into impact that your swing is missing. For those of you who suffer from this fault, you’re likely thinking that you’re swinging hard, but the ball is not going anywhere. Other’s may be thinking it is in fact a strength issue. The truth is, it’s simply a lack of leveraging your body weight to effectively create power and speed into impact. Here’s a great drill to try to fix this fault.
While this fault may look silly, you’d be surprised how many players suffer from it. At the top of the backswing, some players are gripping the club so tightly, that their wrists do not hinge at the top. If you are so focused on keeping the clubface on-line throughout your swing, you will likely exhibit some form of this fault in your attempts to keep clubface movement to a minimum. As the video below describes, this is counter-productive. Not only will you be throwing away a ton of power, your wrists and arms will be in such poor position at the top that reaching impact in a square position is all but impossible. This drill is designed to help you loosen up. Much like swinging a rope, let the club hit each of your shoulders – really focus on feeling your wrists hinge and unhinge at the top.
A little while ago I posted a drill called the Cart Lag Creator Drill, where the concept was to force yourself to lag the club properly by sticking a golf cart in the way of your downswing. This way, only a swing employing proper lag would avoid the cart entirely and allow you to make contact with the ball.
This drill helps players who keep their right elbow too close to their body at the top of their backswing. This fault causes your swing to lose width (a key factor in creating power) and your muscles to tense up.
Place a headcover in the armpit of your trailing arm as shown in the image (sort of). The headcover will lock your right arm in place during the first part of your backswing helping you to maintain the ideal ‘triangle at address’. Start swinging back, letting the right elbow slowly move away, but not so much that it starts to ‘fly’. If you make the right move at the top of your backswing, the headcover should fall out. If it doesn’t, you’ve tensed up and your swing width has been drastically reduced, much like your power. Remember that the headcover should fall out at the top of your backswing, any earlier and your arms are separating from your body too soon.
Today we’ve got two great drills to increase your flexibility and power by increasing your shoulder turn. The first drill is a simple way to improve your flexibility. As described in the video, place shaft perpendicular to your target line right inside your trailing heel; next, hold a club across your chest in your address position, then swing back so the shafts line up.
The second drill is a little more position and power focused. Setup two shafts as shown, one in-line with the ball, and the other your trailing shoulder. Have a friend watch you from head on; as you swing back to the top, your trailing shoulder should be in-line with back shaft. This move will force you to properly coil your upper body, creating torque, adding to your power – and ultimately lead to faster swing speeds and more distance.
Everyone wants to hit the long ball – and the truth is, everyone can; with the right technique of course. I’ve posted plenty of drills on the #1 distance creator – lag, but that’s not what this post is about today. This post is about three simple additions anyone can make to their golf swing to get more yards. These tips are very simple, and when done correctly will produce higher swing speeds and more distance.
Hanging back on your hind-leg through impact side is a common swing fault for amateur golfers. This position is indicative of a classic reverse weight shift. This position is also called the “reverse C” finish. If you’re falling backwards after a shot, or notice your body weight on your hind leg after a shot (which is much more common than you may think), you suffer from this swing fault. A common ball flight and trajectory with this fault is a slice that lacks power and distance. How does it happen?
Distance off the tee can give you a huge advantage over your competitors, being able to hit wedges into par fours, rather than 5 irons, and hitting par 5’s two can drastically reduce your score (assuming you can putt, of course). Sadly, golfers tend lean towards the self-destructive swing techniques when trying to gain those extra yards. Use these distance tips below, and you may just find yourself a little farther down the fairway.
If you imagine your wrists, arms and hands in a race to impact, who should win? The clubhead? Your arms? Your wrists? The answer is – your wrists. The clubhead should trail your wrists coming into impact, because your wrists should still be releasing from their cocked position. This can only happen properly if you created lag on the downswing. This last minute snap at impact leads to more power.
Many amateurs don’t seem to understand this concept. They make an arms-only over-the-top swing into the ball, and struggle to hit their drives over 200 yards. The wrists are so influential in the golf swing because they help set the club at the top of the backswing in the proper position which, during the downswing, will lead to a proper 'lag' position. Lag is the secret move in golf for more distance.