The Keys to Power and Speed in Golf
As a golf teacher, I realize that one of the most common things that many of my students look for is to have more power and speed in their golf swing, which results in more distance.
I have once learned that a lot of sprinters applied a simple method as a part of their daily training: run downhill to become faster and run uphill to become stronger. This idea was so straightforward and it made sense to me a lot. In fact, I have never done to see whether it is true or not, but I often integrate this technique to my lesson in helping other golf players acquire more distance.
In general, there are 3 training things that I apply to achieve this:
- The first one is an upside-down golf club so that it is as lightweight as it is. Just as you are running downhill.
- The next training aid is the Power Fan, which would resist against the air with the wings on. This might force a golf player to “run uphill” to make a swing against that resistance. As a result, it makes her or him more powerful and stronger.
- The last necessary tool is called Speed Stik, which is a little longer and heavier than a golf club. Also, it is designed with a club head speed gauge at one end. Most of the time, I notice that a Speed Stik would not only help a golf player become stronger, but it also allows him or her to see whether the speed of the club head is improving.
Now We Move on to The Drills.
The first exercise that I want you to practice try is a drill called the “swoosh” with your golf club being turned upside down. The first time I saw this was in a golf magazine article. Since then, I always try to employ this technique to improve my timing and speed as well.During this process, you should take a driver club, turn it upside down and then hold it by the end of its head. After that, make a wide backswing with the whole wrist hinge.
On a downswing, you should attempt to make the “swoosh” noise as loud as possible. A few important things are to keep the angle of your wrist till late in a downswing. Then re-hinge and fold your left elbow after the impact.
In general, this is a good drill for you to learn the blend between your arms and body, wrists and hands for making the speed of the club head.
The second exercise is very easy and requires a Power Fan. First, you need to grip the fan and set up your stance. As you take the fan back, you would not feel resistance a lot. But when you are making a forward swing, you would feel yourself drawing to move through the air’s resistance, which helps to strengthen the muscles that are necessary for making a swing. Make sure to swing the club in the opposite direction (a left-handed golf player swings like a righty) to avoid the imbalance of your muscle when only swing a direction.
The last exercise involves a Speed Stik. This heavy and long training unit has the similar principle of your muscles modifying for a bulkier thing and getting more explosive and stronger. Once you hold this training aid, hover it for 12 inches above the ground. In general, most golf players hit the ground on the first try because they could not measure the length of a Speed Stik compared to a normal golf club. For me, I love to see my golf players swing as fast and hard as they could to improve the capacity for speed. Also, make sure to check the gage, which determines the speed of your club head. It is quite precise and is also a good method to measure your improvement. This is actually relatively similar as with a Power Fan - swing with your opposite hand to avoid muscle imbalance.
To sum up, practice these 3 drills mentioned above on a regular basis so that you would become faster, stronger, and more explosive in every golf game. And hope that you will thank me for these extra yards on the course.