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
Neil Tappin

Neil has worked for Golf Monthly for over 15-years. Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. Neil is currently a 2-handicap golfer who has played the game for as long as he can remember. In his role at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

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