How to Stop Using Strength in My Golf Swing
Golf teachers often talk about “classic” swings and “modern” swings, and sometimes contrast them as “swinging” versus “hitting.” It’s true that classic swings often require less strength to gain the same results. The key to using less strength is relaxed body movement and smooth rhythm. Teachers such as Bob Toski, Jim Flick and Manuel de la Torre have taught these “swinging” techniques for a long time, and you can easily learn to use them in your own swing.
Find an ideal golfer whose swing has a smooth rhythm and balance. Watch some footage of him and imagine how he feels when he swings. Since swinging is a mindset as much as a technique, a clear mental image is essential. Sam Snead is a good example, as are players such as Ernie Els and Martin Kaymer.
Take some relaxed practice swings. Most players make very rhythmic, balanced swings when they aren’t thinking about hitting a ball. Focus on making long, smooth, flowing swings. Imagine you are the “ideal” golfer from the first step. Take several easy, making each faster than the last without tensing up.
Address the ball as you usually do, but stay relaxed. You can help eliminate tension in several ways. Open your mouth as wide as possible, then close it and let your jaw go slack. Tighten your grip on the club as firmly as you can, hold it for two or three seconds, then relax your forearms. Tense your entire body – straighten your knees and elbows – then relax back into your address position.
Start your backswing by turning your shoulders. Many players just bend their right elbows and lift their hands. If you can’t keep both elbows straight and relaxed until your hands are waist high, you aren’t turning your shoulders enough. Your left hand and arm should feel as if they’re controlling your swing, taking the club back as if you were going to throw a child’s plastic flying disk. You’re just making another practice swing.
Bend your right elbow as you reach the top of your backswing. This will cause your wrists to cock if your forearms are relaxed. Just let the swing happen as it did in your practice swing. Your hips may turn a bit more than usual and your left heel may leave the ground slightly; that’s OK.
Start your downswing with your left side. You’ve probably been told how to move your legs, hips and shoulders as you start down, but you probably didn’t think about any of those things during your practice swing. Don’t think about them now. Just start your downswing as if it were your practice swing. If you must think of something, think about throwing that plastic flying disk.
Hit the ball and continue into your follow-through. Again, this happened naturally during your practice swing; it should happen naturally now. Your wrists will uncock naturally, without any extra help from you. Just think about hitting the ball. You’ll be surprised how far you hit the ball, and it won’t feel as if you used much strength at all.
Golf teachers often talk about "classic" swings and "modern" swings, and sometimes contrast them as "swinging" versus "hitting." It’s true that classic swings often require less strength to gain the same results. The key to using less strength is relaxed body movement and smooth rhythm. Teachers such as Bob Toski, Jim Flick and Manuel de la Torre have taught these "swinging" techniques for a long time, and you can easily learn to use them in your own swing.
Mastering the Effortless, Slow, and Easy Golf Swing
In many ways, golf is a confusing game. Want to make the ball curve to the right? Swing to the left. Want to make the ball fly high up into the air? Swing down through the shot. You get the idea. Nothing is straightforward in golf – it seems that everything is the opposite of what you would expect.
The same can be said for power and distance. Want to hit the ball impressive distances with each club in your bag?
Learn how to swing ‘slower.’
That’s right – if you want to hit the ball farther, you are going to need to learn how to swing slow and easy while maximizing your swing speed at the moment that matters most. Don’t worry if that doesn’t make a lot of sense right away – this is a concept that many golfers never manage to grasp.
The Only Moment That Matters
For all of the work that is put into your golf swing, your club is only touching the ball for just a fraction of a second during each swing. Impact lasts for just the blink of an eye, as the club face slams into the back of the ball and sends it rocketing off into the distance.
Despite this fact, most golfers try to make their entire swing fast, not just the moment of impact. Unfortunately, this is a mistake. There can only be one fastest point in your swing, and if you are trying to swing quickly, that moment is not going to be at impact.
The entire goal of your golf swing should be to maximize your swing speed at the exact moment when the club contacts the ball. You aren’t going to be rewarded in any way for having a fast swing speed at the top, for example, so what’s the point of swinging fast before you need to? Everything you do with your technique should be designed to allow you to accumulate speed all the way up until the moment of truth at the bottom of the swing.
An excellent way to make sure you’re maximizing your swing speed at the moment of impact (and no sooner) is to practice what is called the “whoosh drill” as demonstrated here:
The Pros Do It Right
If there is one specific thing that is frustrating about watching golf on TV it’s the ability of touring professional golfers to hit the ball incredible distances with seemingly very little effort. You have certainly seen it for yourself – a pro golfer makes a swing that looks totally effortless, and yet the ball explodes into the sky and doesn’t come down for more than 300 yards.
How do they do it? Is it the equipment? What’s their secret?
The ‘secret,’ if there is on’, is that pro golfers don’t waste swing speed like amateurs do. The average amateur player hits their maximum swing speed well before the club ever reaches the ball, meaning that the club head is actually in the process of slowing down when impact occurs. On the other hand, the typical pro is a master of reaching top swing speed at the perfect moment.
They key to this is largely how the pros swing in the proper ‘sequence,’ that being how they start their downswing with the bottom (legs) and then move that motion up toward the top (shoulders and arms). When many beginner golfers try to swing ‘fast’ the result is an attempt to move the hands and arms too quickly which causes the upper body to get ahead of the lower body – this is often referred to as ‘getting quick at the top.’ While this motion feels intuitively as though more swing speed is being generated the opposite is actually true.
There’s No Need to Rush
When you stand over the golf ball preparing to hit a shot, you need to understand that there is no rush to complete the swing. Sure, you don’t want to take so long preparing for a shot that you hold up the pace of play, but the actually swinging motion itself can take its time to develop. The ball isn’t going to roll away – so start slow and build up to a powerful strike.
There are two key points in the golf swing where amateur golfers are prone to rushing. The first is the takeaway. Many players snatch the club away from the ball when they start the swing, setting the stage for a swing that will be rushed from start to finish. A quick takeaway means that your body will not have time to get into the right position to support a powerful downswing move.
The other danger point in the golf swing is the transition. This is likely the number one culprit when it comes to amateur players rushing through the golf swing.
As soon as the backswing finishes, many players decide that they need to take the club down to the ball as fast as humanly possible. Rather than getting their legs involved to develop real power, these players simply throw their hands down toward the ball and slap at it with an arms-only swing. Not surprisingly, the results are consistently disappointing.
Rushing the swing, whether in the takeaway or at the top, is always going to lead to weak contact and below average shots.
Even Tempo and Lower Body Power
No one part of your swing should look rushed or hurried when compared to the rest.
This is why the professionals are able to make swings that look so effortless – they don’t hurry at any point.
The best swings are the ones that build gradually from start to finish, with a steady acceleration of the club occurring from the top down into impact.
To maximize your power by accelerating the club all the way through impact, you need to use your lower body correctly from the top of the swing. As soon as the backswing is finished, your legs should take over the job of turning your entire body toward the target.
It is essential that your legs are the first thing to fire from the top – if your hands and arms win this race, you will be destined to create a weak downswing. Use an even tempo and hold your arms and hands back while your legs initiate the action. If you can do this correctly, the effortless power seen in the swings of professional golfers may soon start to appear in your own game.
Pro golfers are actually trying very hard to create power, despite the appearance that their swings are slow and effortless. However, since they understand the correct techniques and mechanics involved in developing power, their swings have a beautiful appearance which the envy of amateur golfers everywhere.
You can’t hit the ball 300 yards without swinging fast, and you can be sure that the pros are actually swinging very fast – only they are swinging fast at the perfect moment in the swing, not all the way through the swing.
Master your tempo and timing to max out swing speed at the bottom if you want to follow the lead of your favorite tour professional – your swing may ‘look’ slower to the casual observer but you’ll know that your only applying your max speed at the only moment that really matters…IMPACT!
Check out this video by Paul Wilson Golf Instruction for more excellent drills you can do to create that effortless, slow, and easy golf swing you’ve been looking for.
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Louis Oosthuizen’s 4 Simple Moves For a World-Class Swing
My swing has been called the smoothest on Tour. That’s a huge compliment, because there are a lot of great players—and I work hard on tempo. To make your motion a lot sweeter, try the four moves on these pages. You’ll soon hit every single iron in the center of the clubface.
1. LET THE CLUB DO THE WORK
My mantra? Swing softly—and choose a bigger stick. When I’m between distances, I reach for the longer club. Heck, I even club-up sometimes when I don’t have to—longer clubs go farther, so you don?t rush your motion. This smooths out your swing, and the smoother it is, the easier it is to catch the ball flush.
This has always been my approach. Growing up in South Africa in the 1990s, I copied Ernie Els. He was a national hero and the poster boy for a smooth, powerful swing. Plus, my hometown of Mossel Bay is one of the windiest places in South Africa (locals joke that even the birds have to walk). I had to keep the ball low, which meant learning to knock down 5- and 6-irons, rather than, say, launching a high 8-iron.
In addition to taking more club, a good setup promotes smoothness. Try this setup trick: Pin your upper left arm to your chest, then keep the connection when you swing. This syncs up your arm swing with your body turn, which is the building block of a smooth motion.
TAKE A BOLD HOLD
You can grip the club in many ways. Most players overlap. I interlock my fingers, and my right-hand hold is stronger than my left. It’s a bit unorthodox, but it works. The key for you? Find a comfortable grip, even if it bucks tradition. Forcing your hands into a hold that conforms to textbook instruction can rob you of feel, and your tempo will be toast.
2. TRIGGER A SIMPLE BACKSWING
Quickness kills rhythm. My pre-swing press ignites a Tour-caliber takeaway. Snatching the club back is a rhythm-killer, but I see it all the time in pro-ams. I can be guilty of this, too, especially in pressure situations. So I developed a trigger to keep me smooth from the very start, and I now use it on just about every swing.
Here’s how it works: As soon as I settle into my stance, I press my hands toward the target (middle photo, above), letting some of my weight shift to my left foot. Then I start the club back, shifting the weight back to my right foot. I’ll often do it while counting in my head: “1”—settle, “2”—press, “3”—swing. This trigger does a couple of important things for me: It helps me manage my weight shift, and it adds fluidity to my pre-swing, preventing a herky-jerky start. Do you often feel “stuck” at address, as though you’re wearing cement spikes? My pre-swing gives your takeaway a nice sense of “flow”—and because you’re less likely to snatch the club back, it will start, and stay, on plane.
3. AN EASY DRILL FOR PERFECT RHYTHM
Unlock the secrets to smoothness with this practice swing. My favorite swing drill involves hitting shots with my feet close together. I love it because it automatically smooths out my swing. It also helps me get a feel for my arms and body working in unison and syncing up at impact. Here’s how to do it.
Take your regular address with a pitching wedge, but with your feet about two inches apart (or even touching). Make a smooth, three-quarter swing, as though you’re hitting a 70-yard pitch. In just a few attempts, you should start catching the ball flush. If you don’t, try the following trouble-shooting moves to get your motion grooved:
1. Keep your head still and in roughly the same place from start to finish.
2. Shift your weight between the middle of each foot. Don’t slide toward either heel or toe.
3. Maintain your spine angle throughout. If your motion is smooth, there’s no need to “lift.”
4. PAUSE AT THE TOP
Rushing your downswing can kill good contact. Here’s the way to start down—and crush every iron. I believe that if you get your top position right, solid impact happens almost by itself. The only thing that can mess you up is rushing the start of your downswing. So don’t do it! Every good player I know pauses at the top, if only for an instant. That tiny pause harmonizes all the moving parts happening in your swing, creating the smooth tempo needed for pure contact.
Try this: Swing to the top, maintaining the connection between your left arm and your chest (photo below). Hold your top position for a count, then start down. Build speed slowly until you max out at impact. The correct feeling is that your arms (rather than your shoulders) are falling. Get it right and you’ll reach peak speed when it counts.
Louis Oosthuizen offers the four best tips that have grooved the prettiest swing on the PGA Tour.
7 Ways to Produce a Powerful, Tension Free Golf Swing
Having a tension free golf swing is, in my opinion, the key to producing a powerful, consistent golf swing. Here’s why.
This has been one of the biggest breakthroughs of the year so far for me. Again, it’s easy to just dismiss this concept and go, “yeah, yeah, a tension free golf swing, loose-as-a-goose, blah, blah, blah, . . . heard it all before.”
How this really started to make sense was thinking about swinging the club versus hitting at the ball. I knew I was constricted somehow and was not maximizing my potential. There was no speed “through the ball” and an abbreviated follow through that left all my power behind and nothing through the ball.
I also started watching a lot of LPGA golf and really studying how the women really know how to swing the club. It’s the free, uninhibited swinging (with a powerful release at the bottom) that helps them hit a golf ball such incredible distances with such seeming ease.
It’s not by accident. But us men (and I’m mostly talking about me) really fight this thing called “hit-itis.” In trying to really hit it hard to keep up with your long hitting playing partners. And the more you try to power it or put some additional “ummff” into your swing it ends up even worse and robs you of considerable distance.
That’s the damnest thing about golf. It’s all counter-intuitive. The seemingly easier you swing, the farther the ball goes.
Here are just a few ideas to help YOU re-enforce a relaxed, powerful, tension-free golf swing:
1. Think Thoughts of Relaxation
Tension in the mind really causes tension in the body (and vice versa) so really try to think thoughts of relaxation. Try thoughts on like, “Less is more,
” “I’m swinging freer and easier than ever before,” “I have more and more freedom in my swing,” “It really feels effortless (and powerful) to swing the club freely.”
Don’t think “hit hard,” think “swing smooth.” Feel your body relaxed. Shake out any tension. Think Freddy Couples or Ernie Els or any LPGA player as you are going through this process.
2. Hit 100 Yard Drivers
I keep going back and back to this drill because it really allows you to feel the right positions without going at it 100%. Counter-intuitively, most of us need to to get back to what a swing “feels” like without trying to hit at the ball.
In this drill, feel like the club is light as a feather but get still feel the weight of the club head. Keep your arms (and grip) as loose as possible. There just going along for the ride. Swing about 30%. Does not matter where the ball goes. Try to hit it 100 yards. You’re just trying to feel the swing with the ball getting in the way.
Once you start to feel the swing (this may take a few balls or a few buckets) turn up the percentage to say, 50 or even more to 75 but don’t (I repeat, don’t) be in a hurry to swing harder until you start to really feel a “swing” not a hit.
Just for now try to forget about distance. Thinking about it is just gonna mess you up when trying to integrate a new paradigm into your golf game. Distance will come as a result of a free golf swing. So just for now, chill about distance. It will come.
When not practicing, try to take some time to “see” yourself on one of your favorite tee-boxes and imagine a free, tension free golf swing. Feel like it’s just effortless. Can you see that?
It might be hard at first but as you practice you’ll start to re-enforce the kinesthetic feeling you felt on the range the couple times you really swung with a feeling of effortlessness and the ball just exploded off the clubface.
As you move through your day visualize an effortless golf swing. “See” a full, relaxed finish. That’s a cue that a lot of good stuff has happened before.
4. Construct a Solid Core and Base
I’m convinced than ever that having a solid core and base is essential to playing optimum golf. Makes sense, right? But what are you doing to build it.
I recommend getting a book like Core Performance Golf and really practicing their “core” routines. It’s one that a ton of pros use and it’s proven and time tested. It will help your game in ways you cannot imagine.
Greg Norman said that most people have it completely opposite in the golf swing. He said they think of having a strong firm upper body and and relaxed legs when he said you really should think about a firm solid, base and a loose, relaxed upper body.
One bonus exercise that is not in the core performance program is Kettle Bell Swings. Get yourself a Kettlebell (fairly heavy. At least 40 lbs or so) and then watch the video below to see how to perform it properly.
In my opinion and what I have heard from some tour players is that THIS IS the magic exercise. I should probably even charge for this. It’s that amazing. It strengthens your core and pelvic region like no other exercise! After just a week or so you’ll just be amazed. I promise. Just give it a try and see for yourself.
5. Watch Women’s Golf
Some people don’t even know they are “hitters” as they know no other way. It’s the only way they have ever swung a club. If that’s the case (or even if it’s not) I would really encourage you to watch some of the LPGA player golf swings.
I mean how do these women hit it so long when it looks like a wedge swing? Well, they know how to swing a club. They know it’s uninhibited speed that matters, not muscle or force.
For example, watch the Lorena Ochoa golf swing below. In her prime (when she was playing) she was 5′ 6″ tall and 120 pounds. So how did her average drive distance be consistently 270 yards +? Simple, she knew how to swing the club with a free-flowing, uninhibited motion. It’s just a cool thing to watch!
Watch Lorena Ochoa’s beautiful tension free golf swing in the video below and really study it. Watch it over and over. Just listen for the “swoosh” in her practice swing. She is really generating some tension-free speed in that swing.
6. Try Trager Massage
Not many people know about this but it’s one of the best soft tissue massages that is extremely beneficial to golfers.
In a nutshell, Trager is a type of massage that feels like you are being gentle shaken or rocked. It is startling how well this works. It really frees up any restriction you have in your body and creates new mental patterns of what fit feels like to have complete freedom of motion.
It’s hard to actual describe it in words. Just find a practitioner by going to the below site and experience it for yourself.
7. Keep At It
It’s taken you years and years of “hitting” at the ball and to change that around will take time. No two ways about it. This has been a really tough thing for me. Especially in the latter part of the round when I get a little tired. It’s so easy to revert back to our “crush it” mentality.
But fight it. Realize that new patterns take time. Just ask Tiger. Anytime he has gone through a swing change it has take almost a full season (or more) to start to feel like it’s integrated and natural.
And don’t just practice go out and play. You need to feel the rhythm of a round. not just pounding ball after ball on the range. Sometimes it’s nice to go out in the later evening and just play 9 holes. You are not rushed and can really put into play the new patterns your body is learning.
I’m convinced a tension free golf swing is the key to playing your best golf. All the above has helped me and hope it will help you, too.
I’m really thinking of creating a book out of this to really flesh out more of the points and add even more ideas, practices and drills that have been shared with me. If you’re interested in hearing more, please comment below.
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Photo above: LPGA Tour Professional, Si Ri Pak
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BR006. How to Make a Smooth Golf Swing Instead of Hitting at the Ball
Why You Need This: In this video, you’ll learn how to make a smooth golf swing instead of hitting at the ball.
This will really help you out if you’re putting in a ton of effort, but you’re not getting the smooth and powerful swing that you want.
Often in golf, swinging out of your shoes can actually give you an even weaker swing.
That’s incredibly frustrating, but you need to know the key moves to making a smoother and more efficient swing.
I start the video off by showing you how casting the club early can destroy your swing.
Then you’ll get a great drill to help you swing with a Straight-Line Release.
You’ll come into contact with more lag, and you’ll release that lag with tons of speed.
Watch this video now to make a smooth and powerful golf swing with less effort!
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5 Tips For A Smooth And Powerful Golf Swing
Popular golf destinations in Dallas feature 6,630 yards of expansive, picturesque courses where golfers can produce smooth and powerful swings. In Dallas, golf clubs have delighted new and seasoned players with great amenities and challenging holes. You may have great physical strength, but if you don’t know how to perfect your swing, you’ll never be able to play like a pro. You need to plan carefully before hitting the golf ball to let it sink into a hole. Having a smooth and tension-free swing is the key to exceptional shots. Read on to learn about how to smoothen out your golf swings on a course.
Mental tension leads to physical stress and vice versa, and this affects your performance on the course. So, always stay relaxed when swinging your club. Think that you’re delivering smoother swings than ever before or that it’s easy to swing your golf club freely. Focus on the ‘less is more’ principle. Don’t worry about hitting the ball hard. Instead, focus more on producing a tension-free swing to gain an edge over your competitors.
There are other ways to staying relaxed. Try humming a melodious tune. Though this is a mental process, many golfers find it useful when swinging, stepping up to the golf ball and hitting a perfect shot. Humming a tune will help you stay in a relaxed state of mind as you are preparing to hit the ball. It will also help you create a smooth tempo during the actual shot.
- Practice Swing Shots
Have you ever seen how golf champions practice swings? Tiger Woods, for example, try shots that are varied. Some shots are fast, some slow, while others are long or short. Look up to the professional golfers as your role model. While practicing, unify your rhythm and tempo and the speed of the rhythm. It will help you overcome a number of mistakes when golfing.
- Strengthen Your Legs
You will not find one seasoned player without stronger legs. For example, Jack William Nicklaus, a professional golfer, was known for his strong legs. Stronger legs provide the drive, stability and balance to deliver a stellar performance on the course. Without them, you’ll mess up with the cycle of motion and fail to produce good rhythm.
You can try some leg strengthening exercises. Take a bag, load it with golf balls, throw the bag over your shoulder and walk up and down undulating hills. There are other exercises such as climbing stairs and lunges to strengthen your legs. Even if you are not perfect with your swing, stronger legs will help you play well.
- Perfect the Positions and Angles of Your Swing
What is a ‘flash of geometry’ in the game of golf? It’s a technique to perfect the positions and angles of a swing. As a golfer, you should be able to visualize lines, triangles and planes. All of them must arise in sequence and rightly aligned. You can perfect your swing by visualizing this flash of geometry.
- Don’t Allow Visuals to Affect You
Visuals on a golf course can have an adverse effect on your rhythm. Be it bunkers, out-of-bounds, water bodies or any other hazards, these visuals may disrupt your focus and attention. Golfing with a player who is delivering slower or faster swings than you are, may also affect your performance and rhythm. Accept visuals as they are without losing your objective to play and score well on the course.
Mastering your swing techniques is essential if you are in a Dallas golf club and want to make the most of all the opportunities you find here. Even if you are not perfect initially, practice will improve your golfing skills over time. Happy golfing!
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How to Swing Smoother Instantly
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• You often play the first few holes with a swing that feels tight or out-of-sync
• You don’t hit your irons very straight
You’ve managed to get your first drive in the fairway — a lucky shot considering you didn’t hit a single range ball. But now you’re looking at 170 yards to the pin, and you know that a tight swing with an iron won’t get you home.
The Quick Fix
…then hinge it back. Copy this feel on real swings.
Setting the club correctly in your backswing makes a lot of the timing pieces in your motion come together, giving you instant rhythm whether you played last week or last year. Here’s how to rehearse it quickly while the other guys in your group hit:
1. Take your regular address position with a mid-iron.
2. Cock the clubhead straight up by hinging your wrists until the shaft is just short of horizontal.
3. Take the club back by bending your right wrist and bowing your left until the shaft is parallel left of your target line.
4. If you do it right you’ll see wrinkles across the back of your right wrist.
Go back to address and make your regular swing and see if you can get your club and wrists in the same position. Notice how the proper hinging action gets your swing off to a smooth start — you’re neither too rigid nor too loose. Use this drill before your real swings on the course. It only takes a few seconds to get better rhythm and set your club on the correct plane.
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A good tee shot is often the lead-in to a good golf score. Being able to swing a driver properly leads to tee shots that land with distance and accuracy on the fairway. Mastering the swing depends on both stance and swing mechanics. Practice your swing as often as possible, then adjust your swing to fix any issues you notice so you can be an ace on the golf course.
How to Swing a Driver. A good tee shot is often the lead-in to a good golf score. Being able to swing a driver properly leads to tee shots that land with distance and accuracy on the fairway. Mastering the swing depends on both stance and swing mechanics. Practice your swing as often as possible, then adjust your…
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Why do the pros we see on T.V. always look so smooth and effortless and you always feel like you are working way too hard and not getting the results you deserve? Well, in this video I’ll show you why and more importantly, I’ll show you how to get better tempo that will lead to effortless power in your swing.
Video Practice Points
- Focus on shifting your weight first.
- Rotate your body keeping your arms straight and relaxed.
- Try to get the club to rotate at the same rate as your sternum throughout the backswing.
Have you ever found yourself wondering how golf pros on T.V. look like they are swinging so smoothly and so effortlessly, yet they still hit the ball a country mile?
Have you found yourself looking for a way to make your swing work just as efficiently as theirs? Do you find that you are just working way too hard on your golf swing and just not getting the results that you think you deserve?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you want to pay close attention now!
I am going to show you why you have such a hard time getting effortless power in your swing and more importantly, I am going to show you how to correct it. I am also going to show you a great way to make your backswing buttery smooth and loaded with power just like the pros you watch every weekend.
Good tempo in the golf swing is hard to come by for a lot of us and often times we struggle trying to slow things down in the backswing. But, why?
The major difference between your golf swing and the ones you see on T.V., is purely driven by how you prioritize the moving parts of your body in the backswing. Most golfers that struggle with tempo, tend to get their arms and shoulders working very hard at the first move off the golf ball.
Moving the hands and arms very quickly to get the golf club started into the takeaway and backswing, feels very powerful to us. It feels like we can swing the golf club at 150mph with no problem at all.
Well, this is the problem. if you are getting the club moving as quickly as you possibly can into the backswing, you are eventually going to have to change the direction of the club to get it back down to the ball right?
By starting your golf swing this way, you are signaling to your brain that you want the hands and arms to be the primary power source. You are also not allowing your body to rotate and load up the big muscles that are critical for power and speed in the swing.
If you are wanting to swing the club at 100mph, you need to have 32lbs. of muscle available for you to do so. If you’re like me, you do not have that amount of muscle available to you in the arms and shoulders. However, you do have more muscle available to you in your core and your trunk.
In order to activate these big muscles in the golf swing, you must learn how to shift your weight and rotate properly. Check a video called “How to build your swing from the ground up”, for perfect explanation.
Now that we understand how important engaging big muscles in the golf swing can be, it’s time to slow the hands and arms down and focus primarily on loading up your trail side and rotating your body properly in the backswing.
Every move that the golf club makes in the swing is going to be driven by how we move our body. No matter how much we yell at the club and tell it to move into a perfect backswing position, or tell it to hit that stupid white ball on the ground, it will not do the work for you. Trust me, I have tried to make it happen.
If you want to work on building more power, all while getting better tempo in your swing, then try shifting your weight to load up your trail leg and then rotate the golf club into the takeaway and backswing at the same exact speed as your sternum. Keep your arms relaxed and allow your body to move the arms and hands and you are not starting to build up that power and you will develop great tempo as the kicker.
After you have learned how to load up your swing and build better tempo, it is time to put it all together. Watch this video called “Load the right glute – Shorten swing – Start transition”. You will be amazed how many swing faults you can overcome. Good luck on your game!
Have you ever asked yourself the question why does a tour player always look like they’re swinging the club so smoothly, yet they’re able to generate a ton of club head speed and hit the ball for miles? Have you been working on things in your golf swing to kind of smooth things out and really never been able to get a lot of that effortless power that you see on TV? Well in today’s video I’m going to show you how to get your golf swing started off on the right foot by loading your body up the correct way. I’m going to give you guys a really simple drill that’s going to help you get better tempo and a more powerful, loaded back swing.
Okay guys. So, the objective of today’s video is to start to give you a good way to develop better tempo in your golf swing which, in turn, you can start to use for more effortless power, and you can stop working so hard and get a lot more club head speed. I know I started the video off by saying, “Why is it that golf pros always look so smooth and they’re able to generate speed to where they hit the ball over 300 yards?” Well, the difference between them and what you do is that they prioritize their back swings around load and rotation, which in turn gets the golf swing started off on the right foot. We start to develop more width, which in turn we can use for lag on the down swing. We call up our big muscles, get those things loaded up that we can use for power.
Now, one fact I want you to understand – in order to swing a golf club at 100 miles an hour, you have got to have 32 pounds of muscle available to you. 32 pounds, that’s quite a bit, right? I don’t have 32 pounds of muscle available to me in my shoulders and my arms. Where do I have 32 pounds of muscle available? Well, I’ve got it in my biggest surface area muscles – my lats, my glutes, my core. I want to get those muscles engaged first because that’s going to help us start to develop that power. It’s going to help us with our down swing sequence and it’s going to be less arms driven to where we feel like we have to work so hard. So that’s the difference.
One of the things that I want you to understand is that if you’ve noticed that your golf swing goes really fast and you haven’t turned your body at all, your arms and shoulders feel really loaded up, your hands are really close to your shoulders, then we need to shift your focus over to the more important parts of the golf swing, and that’s going to be load and rotation.
To help you further understand what I’m talking about here, I want you to hold your arms out in front of you here, okay? Put your hands touching each other, your palms touching each other. We’re going to use my sternum as kind of a center point here. What I want you to do is I just want you to keep your sternum really quiet and just push your arm across your center, and keep pushing. What you’re going to notice is that your right arm starts to break very quickly. What does that translate to in the golf swing? Well, if you start to break your right arm really early, you’re going to notice that your swing arc is very narrow, you’re going to notice that your body hasn’t turned a whole lot.
Now, number one, you haven’t really established a lot of width, which if you watch golf on TV, you’d see that 99.99% of these guys all have an extreme amount of width in their takeaway. But it’s also signaling to the body that the hands, the arms, the shoulders are becoming the primary power source. It’s getting your shoulders really loaded up and in turn they’re gonna start to fire. Which, when they fire very early, you’re gonna start to throw the club away.
So now, to focus yourself on how important core body rotation and load are, put your hands back out in front of you here, I want you to try this out. Now what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna get our sternum to rotate at the same rate as our thumbs. So you see how my thumbs are up in the air here? I’m just gonna do this several times over. And what you’re gonna notice if I go down into golf posture here and I just rotate my chest at the same rate, or my sternum at the same rate as my hands, both my arms stay very straight and very relaxed. This is, in turn, allowing the golf club to move and it’s establishing more width. You’ll also start to feel your core engage. You won’t feel tightness in the shoulders and the arms, you’ll feel nice and relaxed up there. But if you do several reps of this you’ll notice that “oh man, I feel these muscles starting to engage again, I didn’t even know I had these.” But, I can start to feel my body really using those, and that’s really critical for you in effortless power.
You can actually try this drill, when you start to put a club back in your hand, you want to try and keep your sternum rotating at the same rate as your club head. So the goal is that this club is gonna be moving, the club head is gonna be moving at the same rate as my sternum throughout the entire backswing. This is gonna help promote more rotation in your golf swing, it’s gonna help . As long as you’re shifting your weight, you’re gonna have more width. Which, in turn, now if you’ve got a lot of width at the top of your swing, you can translate that into more lag in your downswing.
So try it out. Get the golf club . Start without a club first, but the goal is to get this club head rotating at the same rate as your sternum all the way through the backswing. And now you’ll have a much more loaded backswing, just like the guys you see on TV.
Okay guys, so now that you’ve seen this really cool drill on how to develop better tempo in your golf swing and you’ve seen the importance of how to build load and rotation just like the guys you see on TV, there’s gonna be a video over here in the recommended videos tab to the right hand side of video player. It’s called “Load The Right Glute, Shorten Your Swing, Start Transition”. This is a great video that’s gonna show you how to kind of tie all this stuff together. It’s gonna get you more lag than you’ve ever seen before, and it’s gonna get your golf swing really driven by your lower body and your downswing.
Try this video out, okay? Work these two drills together. You’re gonna see that you have way more speed in your golf swing, and you’re gonna have a much more smoother tempo.
Find out why golf pros always have really smooth swings and can still hit the golf ball 300+ yards.
How to Improve Your Rotation for a Faster and More Powerful Golf Swing
It would be a mistake to say that the golf swing is ‘all about rotation.’
After all, there are countless different elements which go into a quality swing.
You need to have balance, you need to have a good tempo, and you need to lag the club nicely – just to name a few key points.
However, rotation is extremely important in golf. If you can make a big turn away from the ball, your chances of striking a powerful and accurate shot will greatly improve.
It is no coincidence that most of the players on the PGA TOUR make great turns. By turning their shoulders significantly away from the target in the backswing, pro golfers are able to generate incredible amounts of speed on the way down toward impact.
In the end, it is routine to see a pro golfer launch the ball more than 300 yards through the air.
Size Not Required
When you watch some sports, it is easy to see that size is a prerequisite for playing at a high level.
In basketball, of course, height is one of the main gifts that a player needs to make it to the top of the game. While it will happen on occasion, it is rare to see a player under six feet tall make much of an impression in the NBA.
The same is true in the NFL. Football players tend to be huge human beings, which is not a surprise given the game they are playing.
Golf, however, is different.
While the sport has trended in a power direction in recent times, you still don’t have to be a massive individual to play a power game . There are plenty of smaller golfers who are able to launch the ball well off into the distance.
Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, and Justin Thomas are all good examples of players who can smash the ball while standing under six feet. For every tall player like Dustin Johnson or Ernie Els, there is a player of average height who can get the job done just the same.
Using Rotational Speed to Your Advantage
Too many golfers think of the swing as a side-to-side action. It isn’t.
The basis of the golf swing is rotation.
Sure, there is some incidental side-to-side action along the way as a result of your turn, but sliding left or right should never be your focus. If you want to create real speed in your swing, you will learn how to rotate properly.
Rotation, of course, starts with the shoulders. During the backswing, you need to make an excellent turn with your shoulder so that your back is facing the target at the top of the swing. Some players are more flexible than others, so you might not be able to quite get your back all the way turned to the target, but do the best you can.
Once the backswing is completed, the focus is going to shift from your upper body to your lower body. Your hips will take over the action immediately, turning your lower body toward the target while your upper body just comes along for the ride.
When executed properly, this is a powerful move that can dramatically increase your swing speed.
Make It Happen in Your Game
It is one thing to know that you need to turn your shoulders in the backswing and your hips in the downswing – it is another thing to actually make that happen.
One of the best ways to improve these dynamics in your swing is to perform them in slow motion.
During your next visit to the range, make some half-speed practice swings while focusing on your rotation. With the swing slowed down, you will have plenty of time to proceed through your mechanics without losing track of what you are doing.
As you get more and more comfortable, you can gradually pick up the pace. Before long, you will be making full-speed swings with excellent rotation in both directions.
Don’t Take It Too Far
It is possible to have too much of a good thing; at least when it comes to rotation in your golf swing. As you are turning back, be careful to avoid pushing your turn so far that you knock yourself off balance in the process.
A big turn is great – but it is useless if it comes at the expense of your balance.
If you were to list out the basic fundamentals of the golf swing in order of importance, balance would always be sitting there at the top of the list.
The same can be said of the downswing. If you rotate your hips so hard toward the target that your upper body just can’t keep up, you will lose your balance and your upper body will get stuck behind the shot. This kind of mistake usually leads to ugly results.
Everything in golf is about striking the right balance, and that is certainly true here. Improve your rotation without taking it too far in order to see the best possible results.
Distance Is Only One Piece of the Puzzle
In the end, distance can only take you so far in this game. Yes, it is fun to be able to out drive your playing partners on a Saturday morning, and those long drives will certainly set up some short approach shots. However, a golfer who is obsessed with distance alone is going to miss out on many other opportunities to improve his or her game.
Going beyond distance, you also need to build a reliable short game, hit accurate shots with all of your clubs, manage your way around the course properly, and much more.
Feel free to work on your rotation as part of your journey toward a better golf future – just don’t fall into the trap of thinking that more power is the only thing you need to elevate your game.
It's one thing to know that you need to turn your shoulders in the backswing and your hips in the downswing – it is another thing to actually make that happen.