Step drill for extra power

Step drill for extra power

In this exclusive video Golf Monthly Top 25 Coach Ged Walters talks through his simple step drill for extra power off the tee

Power and accuracy in the golf swing often go hand-in-hand. If you can find the right sequence of moves through the downswing including correctly shifting your weight, you’ll add clubhead speed and you should hit more fairways too! The step drill for extra power is designed to help you do just that.

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Start by taking your normal address position and then move your lead foot back so you are standing with your feet together. From here the aim is to make a normal swing and strike the ball. Crucially, as you reach about half way through the backswing, step your left foot back into its original (correct) position. As you are completing your backswing, your weight starts to shift towards the target creating a stretch that helps deliver extra clubhead speed. The step drill for extra power is a great way to find the ideal sequence and dynamic balance without having to think too much about the specific technique required. Give it a go!

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1 Step back

Take your normal address position. Before you take the club away move your lead foot next to your back foot – the ball will look as if it is sitting way forward in your stance. Start your swing from here.

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2 Create the Stretch

As you reach half way through the backswing, step your left foot back into its original position. You should feel a stretch as your upper body continues to rotate back but your weight moves forward.

3 Drive Through

Swing through to a normal, balanced finish position where your weight is set over your lead foot. The step drill for extra prevents you from hanging back through impact to improve both the dynamic balance of your swing and the quality of your strikes.

Neil Tappin
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In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."

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