Creating Power in the Golf Swing
If you want to hit the ball farther it may be time to hit the gym first. For years, golfers worked endlessly on their swing but neglected their overall physical fitness until Tiger Woods came along. Woods has shown what the combination of a beautiful swing and a powerful body can produce and the other professional golfers have taken note.
A good stretching routine should start by working the legs. To loosen the muscles in the front of the legs, grab your ankle and pull the foot up behind you. Next stretch the back.
This is done easiest by putting a chair in front on you, grab the back of it and bend down. Building muscle is the way to create power but for golfers lifting weights alone won’t help add distance to your drives. A weight training program has to be done in connection with an extensive stretching routine to maintain maximum flexibility which is critical in the golf swing. Tiger Woods training regime starts with a half hour of stretching before he starts into lifting weights or his cardio.
To stretch the hamstrings in the back of the leg bend at the waist and try to place your palms on the ground. A good turn is essential to any golf swing and your stretching should include bending your body by rotating your shoulders from side to side. An easy stretch to work the hips before teeing off is to sit on the bench at the first tee, cross the ankle of one foot across the opposite knee and then pull your risen leg up toward the opposite shoulder.
Correct body balance is another key to creating power in the golf swing. Your weight should be evenly distributed between your feet not only from side to side but also from front to back. If you are leaning back on your heels you won’t be able to generate as much power and if you are leaning forward on your toes the swing will be inhibited. Proper balance means a powerful transfer of weight during the downswing. For lefthanders this means loading up as you turn back to your left side and then pushing forward with your legs as you start back down.
Odds are at some point during your round of golf, you will be faced with an uneven lie. In some parts of the country you may feel like you are always hitting uphill or downhill shots and knowing how to approach them will save you shots and lower your score.
We will start with uphill lies because they are the easier of the two to play. Many golfers even prefer the uphill shot over a level lie because the slope helps them get the ball up in the air quick. The first thing to adjust playing an uphill shot is your stance. Your golf swing on an uphill shot is going to be flatter so you will need to choke down on the club a little bit. It is also a good idea when making your club selection to use a little less club on an uphill shot because it is going to carry farther than your typical shot. An uphill shot tends to go right (for lefthanders) so you need to aim your shot a little more left than normal.
The challenge to playing an uphill comes in trying to keep your balance throughout the golf swing. Your weight is going to remain back on your left side so you have to move aggressively through the swing. The ball position should be slightly forward in your stance.
Playing from a downhill lie is more difficult than uphill. The ball position should be back in your stance (close to the left foot for lefties) to make sure that you hit the ball before hitting the ground. Lefthanders need to aim right because the ball is going to fade back to the left. When playing a downhill shot you need to go with a shorter club because the ball is going to come out hot and carry farther than it would from a level lie.
Side hill shots pose another problem. When the ball is above your feet make sure to choke down on the club and stay down as you complete your golf swing. If the ball is below your feet on the side of a hill flex the knees a little more to lower your body to reach the ball. Aim far to the right of your target because this shot is going to shoot left.