How To Get More Power In Your Golf Swing
Try these simple tips if you're suffering from a lack of power in your swing
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Modern equipment is designed to help golfers of all levels hit the ball further than ever, so if you're struggling to do this, there's a good chance your scores are suffering. In the video and article below, PGA pro Kristian Baker shares some tips on how to up the power and reclaim that lost distance...
There can be many reasons why this is happening so it's important to diagnose the root cause before setting off on an aimless distance quest. Here, I run through some common issues and present solutions that will get you reaching your potential on the course.
1. The strike
Often, a lack of power is simply the result of a poor strike pattern. For all that the most forgiving irons offer plenty of margin for error, not finding the middle of the face on a consistent basis is still going to cost you distance.
Most of the time, golfers don't know this is their problem as their strike awareness is poor. Luckily, like most things in this sport, it can be worked at and improved. Next time you're at the range, just check where the ball has left a mark on the clubface. As long as you keep your bats clean, it should be easy enough to spot.
However, if not, you can get tape on the internet that will tell you all you need to know. Once you've identified your tendencies, work on finding the centre more often and you'll be amazed at the power difference.
2. Hit up on the ball
A key to generating more power with your driver is hitting up on the ball - you will never achieve maximum distance if your angle of attack is negative with the big stick. It's why launch angle and power are so closely linked.
It is, however, the only club in the bag where this approach will yield dividends. And to achieve it, most of the adjustments can be made in the set-up. At address, make sure the ball is in line with your left heel - or even fractionally ahead - and tilt your spine to the right. (The opposite applies for left-handers.)
From here, you should be able to take your normal swing as you've preset the optimal driver launch angle conditions. It might take some time to recalibrate the swing to accommodate the new set-up position but it'll be worth it when you're 'hitting bombs'.
3. Inefficient release
Finally, many golfers lose power as a result of how they release the club through impact. Flipping the hands over too much and too early will cost you precious yards as the loft presented is increased and the compression decreases.
With an iron in hand, the best players all have a similar look at impact, with the hands and grip ahead of the ball. Implementing this into your own game will help you create a downward strike to compress the ball and flush your irons.
It is, of course, easier said than done. I always recommend practising by half-swinging and feeling like the left wrist is a little bowed approaching the ball. From there, turn through with the body and you'll be able to get the club into a much more stable and powerful position.
Location: Sunningdale Heath Golf Club
Kristian worked at Wentworth for 23 years and was the Head of Instruction for over a decade. He has worked with a huge number of leading professionals and amateurs and his most successful amateur was the 2017 British Amateur and 2012 English Amateur champion Harry Ellis. He is now the co-owner of Sunningdale Heath and is also the author of The Winning Golf Swing.
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