In order to create power on your downswing, you need to ‘get behind the ball’ at the top of your swing. This involves rotating your shoulders and hips away from the target, so the majority of your weight shifts to the back foot at the top of the swing. Once you have wound your body up behind the ball, then you can shift your weight towards the target and fling your arms to hit the ball. Where a lot of people go wrong is they never quite get the lateral motion towards the target on the downswing. They either come over the top with upper body or hang back and use only hands and arms to hit the ball.
Ideally, you need a little lateral motion towards the target to get the weight set in motion towards the target and then let arms swing through to finish.
Here is a drill to help you learn how to sequence your downswing, will help you create more clubhead speed and power.
Set up in your golf posture with your feet together.
Make a backswing and stop at the top.
Lift your front foot and step it towards the target. Keep your head steady and maintain your balance.
Once your weight has shifted towards the target, swing your arms down and through to finish.
Your ability to create power comes from the ground up; from your feet, through your legs all the way to your arms and finally to the club. You need to load your weight into your back leg and then transfer that load to the front leg as your arms fling through the shot.
You need to able to take your muscles through their full range of motion, so you need to have strong, flexible hips and legs.
To shift your weight from side to side quickly and efficiently, your adductors, hips, legs and feet initiate your downswing and weight shift.
These exercises condition your muscles used to create a powerful weight shift.
Start with feet shoulder width apart.
Lunge to the side with your right foot, keeping your toes forward and your feet flat.
Squat through your right hip while keeping your left leg straight.
Squat as low as possible, holding this position for 2 seconds.
Push back to the starting position and repeat on the opposite side.
The challenge is straightforward-simply make 1000 practice swings during the month to improve your swing technique and increase clubhead speed.
You don’t need to go to the driving range or golf course, you can simply make practice swings in your garage or living room at home a few minutes a day (just make sure that you don’t whack the ceiling or walls!)
Thirty practice swings takes approximately 2 minutes to complete. Follow my Instagram Page to see me make 30 practice swings a day for one month-Follow my Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/Cardiogolf/
Days 14, 15 and 16
Don’t Roll on the Outside of Your Back Ankle
If you roll on the outside on your back ankle as you take the club back, you won’t be able to rotate your hips and support your weight shift. This will restrict your turn and power on the downswing. Concentrate on keep the weight on the inside of your back foot as you swing back so that you can rotate your hips and shift your weight.
Break it Down-make 30 practice swings a day for 30 days and you will have made 900 swings over the course of a month. Okay, so it is not exactly a 1000 swings, but close enough (if you really want to get technical, you’ll have to take 33.3333 swing per day to reach 1000 practice swings). The amount is not the point, the point is to be consistent with your practice; take a few minutes out of your day to work on your golf swing and get some exercise.
Your ability to create power comes from your lower body. If you are lacking power in your golf swing, it could be from a faulty weight shift. Using only arms in your golf swing, restricts your power and causes a variety of mis-hits. Learning to shift your weight is key to adding power into your swing.
Try this lower body workout to to help build a powerful weight shift.
I teach Golf and Pilates. I am a LPGA Master Professional and Certified Personal and Pilates Trainer