Expert Power Golf Swing Tips Professional Golf Grip Tips
|When we talk of power in the golf swing it is quite understandable that a swing like John Daly might spring to mind and muscles like the world’s strongest man.
Well, the good news is that it’s much easier to achieve than that and with the right fundamentals in the set up, we will show you how you can build a consistent and powerful sequence of moves to give you those extra yards you’ve always dreamed of.
Creating the solid foundations of your swing.
Building a good grip and posture are two of your key priorities when building apowerful swing, since it’s nearly impossible to create a good, powerful sequence of moves without them. Follow my simple instructions to give yourself the best possible chance of maximising the power in your technique.
Perfecting your power posture.
Tip forward from the base of the spine, keeping your back in line, your knees exed and your weight on the balls of your feet. Try not to arch your lower back or hunch your shoulders. Your hands should hang underneath your shoulders with the butt of the golf club pointing towards your belt buckle.
The second spinal angle you need to master is the spinal tilt. The hips should be pushed slightly towards the target with the spine tilting slightly away. This will help you pivot your hips and load your right side without swaying in the backswing. Make sure you don’t overdo this, or tilt the spine the wrong way.
Do you have the Power Tilt?
A good way of testing the quality of your posture is to set up with your hips pushed slightly towards the target and hang a golf club down from your right shoulder. It should point at your right instep with your right hip about two inches inside.
Now do the same on the left side. The golf club should point down to your left instep with your left hip directly under your left shoulder.
This is what I call the “Power Tilt” and it will set your body into a position to create optimum power with no sway or excess movements in the swing.
Golf Club Grip – The left hand
(Grip left) First, point the fingers of your left hand vertically down at the ground with the club grip in line with the base of the little finger and the middle joint of the fore finger. Now close your hand, making sure the heel of the hand is on top of the grip and that there are no gaps in between the little finger and the grip. Many people make the mistake of trying to hold the club too much in the palm of the left hand. If you do this, there will be a gap around the little finger when the left hand is closed around the grip, and the heel area of your glove will show signs of excessive wear and tear.
|If you can slip a finger into the gap between the crook of your little finger on your left hand and the grip, you are holding the golf club too much in the palm.||
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As you place your left hand, make sure your thumb rests on the right side of the grip, pointing straight down.
Golf Club Grip – The right hand
When placing your right hand on the club, make sure that you hold the grip in your fingers. This allows a full hinge of the wrists in the backswing without losing control or letting go of the golf club. You can see here how the club would have to move in the hands to create any leverage if it was held too much in the palms.
Here’s a simple test you can do to see if you are holding the club correctly. If you have placed your hands on the grip as shown in this article. You should be able to hinge your wrists upward to create a full 90-degree angle. If you do not have this freedom or mobility in your wrists, it’s likely that you are holding the club too much in the palms of your hands, rather than in your fingers.
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Prepared for power (left)
Once set up correctly you are ready to create a sequence of moves in the backswing which will load up and prime the power ready to release in the downswing. As the downswing is generally a reaction to what you do in the backswing, it is of utmost importance to get the backswing right. Any extra excessive moves you do in the backswing will have to be compensated for when you swing down and this will lead to power loss and inconsistency.
Turn right shoulder early to create width (right)
An early turn away with the right shoulder allows the hands to move away and maintain their radius from the chest. The toe of the golf club should point roughly skywards to make sure the hands are ready to lever. The clubhead is in line with the hands at this point. Hands have moved out towards the plane line and are not being pulled in away from it.
Wrists hinge early (bottom left)
The right shoulder must keep turning back away from the hands to maintain radius and allow an early hinge of the wrists. This helps to keep width in the swing. Many players leave this too late, this tends to lose them width at the top of the backswing. You can see how the hands and shaft are on plane here with the hands in front of the chest.
Complete shoulder turn and crank it to the top (bottom right)
Turn and use your core muscles to complete the backswing. Don’t lift the hands and arms. Make sure width and wrist hinge are maintained. A good way to keep width in the backswing is to feel the right arm pushing away from your chest, not the left. Note how the hips have pivoted and turned about 45º while the shoulders have turned about 90º creating X-Factor. This is important in creating maximum stored up power for the downswing. There has been no sway here although the spinal tilt position in the set up has allowed the upper body to load weight into the right heel. Don’t try to get the club shaft parallel with the ground as this requires enormous flexibility and will only lead to overuse of the arms and a loss of power will result.