Everyone is looking for power in their golf swing. How far can you hit it? Can you reach the par fives in two shots? Is the 200 yard par three too much for you to hit?
There is much to be said for long and straight. I like straight better than long if I had to choose. But I do like long a lot, a real lot.
I am willing to bet that you do too. But there are some of you that have no idea how to tap into your power sources. OOOPs !
Did I say sources? As in more than one? Clickety, I guess I did. And for a very good reason. There are more than one sources for your power. You need to know them all to get the maximum out of your capabilities.
You know that I love angles. And you know that if you have no angles you have no power, no power, no distance.
You must create and maintain great angles in your golf swing in order to create power and to maintain trajectory for accuracy. Squaring the clubface at impact with lot’s of clubhead speed gets you power and accuracy. Nothing else will.
Without great angles there will be manipulation of the hands and hence the clubface. A formula for frustration due to constant requirements to be in correction instead of commitment.
Ok, so once again here are the angles. The major one is the angle formed between the back of the right wrist and your right forearm.
Here is how you get it. Provided you have an excellent grip. If you are reading this, than you know what a good grip is. You may not do it, but you do know what it is. So unless you have the good grip that you know about, move along to another article. This one is not for you.
Now with the pad of your right hand, slightly push down on your left thumb. With a good grip this will tend to move your right wrist bent. And it is bent back toward your forearm, not cocked toward you.
Know the difference? If not, do this. Hold your right hand in front of you with your palm facing the target.
Your thumb should be facing your chest.
Now bend your wrist back toward your forearm. See it? That is the correct angle for this portion of instruction.
Good, now re-grip the club and without moving a single thing except your right wrist. Push the right wrist bent toward the right forearm. Push with the fat part of your right hand, down on the thumb of the left hand.
You should now be able to see that your left hand has tended to turn down slightly to the ground and the back of your right hand is bent back toward your forearm as near to 90 degrees as you can comfortable. Most won’t get to 90 degrees, that’s ok. What’s important is that you get the right wrist bent back correctly. Not cocked back toward you, bent back toward your forearm.
You have not moved another single muscle in your entire body at this point.
The shaft of the club should be almost to parallel to the ground and almost parallel to the target line.
And the clubface should not be open. It should be almost looking at the ground so that you can’t see the actual clubface. Weird right?
Nothing else has moved. Very important. Nothing. This is a drill folks. This is a drill.
Here is a fun thingy. If you want to you can now take this position into a backswing and actually hit a ball quite well. Try it. It will take more than one try.
Just take the bent wrist back, without changing it’s position, into your backswing.
Now a word about the position of the wrists in the backswing.
You need to pay very close attention the the left wrist so that it does not “cup” in the backswing. Cupped means that the left hand is “under” the club at the top of your backswing. When this happens the club face opens, and now “Houston we have a problem.” And you will tend to loosen your grip which will cause you to re-grip on the way to the hit position. Bad Bad Bad!
You cannot have it both ways. Meaning, you cannot have a great right wrist angle and a cupped left wrist at the same time. Try it and you will see what I mean.
If you cup the left wrist you will now need to do something at impact to re-create the great angle and get the club face squared up again. This is not a good move to have to do. So don’t!
Another discription of this angle is “lag” you may have heard of that word. It’s the same thing basically. Except lag tends to happen dynamically. It’s not a static move. It is harder to do and, frankly, does exactly the same thing as creating great angles and maintaining them through impact. Only the method here is much easier.
There are several other power sources, I will get to them in another article. You can get a free e-book explaining this first move in more detail. Click the link!