How to add more power to your golf swing

Do you struggle to generate any sort of power in the golf swing and regularly get out driven by your playing players? You always have to bring out your hybrid or 3-wood to reach par-4’s? If this sounds like you then you are losing distance most likely due to some common power leaks that are robbing you of power on every shot. Most amateur and beginner golfers at some stage struggle with generating any sort of power in the golf swing.

It usually can be attributed to a number of reasons as there are many factors that affect the ball flight.

Sometimes it has to do with flexibility and age but most commonly it’s just an incorrect technique.

When it comes to generating more power in the golf swing it usually comes down to a lack of shoulder turn and losing lag in the downswing.

I use the techniques taught in the Rotary Swing system that help me create more power in all of my golf shots.

It’s easy to use and understand and works for both low and high handicappers who struggle for practice time looking to increase their distances.


Getting a full shoulder turn

What I see with most golfers that struggle with distance is that they are unable to make a full 90° degree shoulder turn. When the shoulder doesn’t turn enough the upper body can’t produce that powerful coil effect when the shoulders need to unwind in the downswing.

This reduces clubhead speed and in turn distance.

A full shoulder turn enables with uncoil effect to take place in the downswing leading with tonnes of stored up power.

How to turn your shoulders for more power

Start by practicing swing the golf club with just one arm. You’ll notice it’s a lot easier to get your shoulders back past 90° degrees. This is because your right side is not restricting the movement and allows the right shoulder (right-hander) to get out of the way.

After you’ve done about 10 swings, add the right arm and continue to make swings but let the left arm still do most of the work and allow the right side to only support the club.

This is key in the golf swing.

Your right side in the golf swing should play more of a supporting role and let the left side get a full turn and generate all of the power.

The simplest way to a full shoulder turn

Start off at your set up without a golf club at all. Focus only on pulling your right shoulder (right-hander) back towards the golf ball. You’ll notice how easy it is to get a full 90° shoulder turn.

This is because most golfers focus too much on turning their shoulders from the left side which makes it difficult to get the right shoulder behind you.

Now add a golf club and do the same move and you should be able to make a full 90° shoulder turn.


How to add more power to your golf swing

You’re not getting enough lag

Lag is the angle create halfway back in the golf swing between your left arm and the golf club. Most golfers are able to create a decent amount of lag angle on the backswing.

However, it’s on the downswing where they lose this angle and with it all the power in the golf swing.

This is called casting and I’ll show you what it looks like in the video below.

How to get more lag and more power

The key to getting more lag is creating that angle in the golf swing as described above and releasing it at the right time in the downswing.

These are the 3 keys I like to work on to increase lag and golf swing speed in the golf swing.

Lighter grip pressure – this stops the club from being pushed too quickly and losing the angle

Keep the angle to the right thigh – this is a great checkpoint to get to with the club still parallel to the ground

Increase the angle as you shift your weight – this is a great move you can incorporate to get even more lag

The best way to practice these moves is by performing half swings getting the club to the right thigh and still parallel to the ground.

Welcome to our new-and-improved Home Fitness series. Each week over the next three months, we’ll provide you with a workout you can follow to get you ready for the first round of golf come spring. We’ll cover everything from mobility to strength to functional fitness to help you get ready for that first round once the frost thaws.

Last month, Home Fitness focused on improving your mobility in areas important to your golf swing like the upper back, shoulders, and hips. This month, we’re upping the ante by adding strength-building workouts.

This week’s workout is all about power. You need power in your golf swing to hit bombs like Phil Mickelson, but building power isn’t as simple as swinging harder or building really strong calves.

That’s why Cody Hoyt, owner and head trainer at 7 Fitness, has designed a workout program that will power up your swing in time for spring. You can do this circuit three to four times a week on it’s own or in conjunction with the full-body strength routine from Week 1.

Before we get started, you will need a band for this week’s workout.

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How to add more power to your golf swing

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Now for this week’s workout, make sure you go from one exercise to the next in a circuit format, doing four sets of 10 reps per exercise.

Deadbugs: The deadbug will teach you to use your core to stabilize your spine, allowing you to generate more power from your hips as you swing. Laying on your back, slowly extend one leg and your opposite arm. Hold that position for one second and return to the starting position. Repeat with the opposite arm and leg.

Bird Dog: This exercise requires you to focus on trunk control and coordination, both essential to generating power in your golf swing. Starting on all fours, extend one leg and your opposite arm out in front of you. Return to the starting position and repeat on the opposite side.

Russian Twist: Although fairly common, the Russian twist is a great exercise for training rotational strength which will help you be more powerful as you turn back and through your swing. Sitting on your butt with your knees slightly bent and feet off the floor, rotate from side to side. Each time you tap the floor with your hands is one rep. To make this exercise harder, you can hold a dumbbell or medicine ball.

Band Rotational Pull: This exercise will help you improve your rotational force and energy transfer in your golf swing, which in turn will help you add power to your swing. Standing with your back straight and knees slightly bent, hold the band out in front of you with both hands. Using your core, rotate away from the anchor point of the band as far as you can. Repeat on the opposite side for a strong, balanced body.

Cross Climber with Shoulder Tap: Shoulder stability is an underrated part of a powerful golf swing. Your shoulders and core play a huge role in winding up in your back swing and starting the energy transfer as you uncoil and make contact with the golf ball. This exercise will engage both your core and shoulders to keep you strong and stable in your swing. Starting in a plank position, bring one knee to your opposite elbow and repeat on the other side. Then, in the plank position, tap each shoulder with the opposite hand once. That’s one rep. Repeat until you’ve completed a set of 10.

If you do this circuit three to four times per week, you will have the power to hit bombs come spring. And if you missed the first week in our strength training Home Fitness series, check it out below.

Swing force refers to the power you develop during the backswing and apply during the downswing through impact. Practically all of this power stems from the torque created as the torso is rotated around the hips during the backswing. When this torque is at its peak the downswing begins and unleashes this built up power to produce a powerful swing through impact. Although all golfers know this, it is very rarely applied correctly. In order to build torque between the torso and hips it is imperative that the torso actually rotate around the hips. This means that the hips and spine must remain in a stationary plane throughout the backswing. In other words, no swaying laterally to the right during the backswing or swaying laterally to the left during the downswing. It is impossible for the torso to rotate around the hips if the golfer is swaying laterally. Also, it is impossible for a golfer to bring the golf club behind him during the backswing when swaying laterally to the right. Instead of bringing the club behind, it is simply being pulled upwards and out to the right side resulting in an extreme outside to inside swing path during the downswing causing poor ball contact and a slice. It also causes the golfer to make a lunging motion towards the golf ball during the downswing that may feel powerful but is actually devoid of any effective power.

You may have heard the term “swinging in a barrel”. This is exactly what you should try to imagine during your backswing. Standing as still as possible, you should try and rotate your shoulders around a stationary spine until you cannot rotate them any further. Try to keep your hips facing forward although they will actually turn a little, and the relative position of your head should not change throughout the entire swing. Rotating around a stationary base will automatically bring the golf club behind you and not up and out to your right side. Personally, I keep my right elbow tucked in and allow it to circle my waist during the backswing, which assists greatly in bringing the club behind me. Remember – swaying to the right during the backswing is disastrous, whereas, swinging the golf club around your body results in the development of a tremendous amount of torque between your torso and hips. The equation is very simple: the greater the torque, the greater the power. It is also very important during your backswing to keep your left heel firmly planted on the ground. Lifting your left heel allows your hips to turn to the right eliminating any chance for torque to develop. Even the slightest lifting of your heel during the backswing will decrease your power dramatically.

The downswing begins by simply letting the built up torque release itself. Do not try to rush things by starting the downswing with your arms, but instead, just let your torso uncoil around your hips naturally. What you will find is that your downswing will begin slowly and then gain speed as the built up torque fully releases through impact. Keep your arms relaxed throughout the swing and just let them go along for the ride.

Many golfers would claim that the arms are a major source of power in the golf swing; however, nothing could be further from the truth. An arm swing requires the flexing of the arm muscles which slows down the swing considerably. Let me prove this to you: hold your arms straight out at your sides flexing your shoulder and arm muscles as hard as you can. Now bring your arms down to your sides as fast as possible. Do the same thing again but this time relax your arms and shoulders and just let your arms fall naturally by gravity. Did you notice that your arms reached your sides faster when relaxed? If your arms are in this relaxed state during the swing then your swing speed will be maximized. A powerful golf swing is produced by the body and then unleashed through the free swinging of the arms. Trying to produce power with the arms actually reduces swing speed and lessens control.

In my opinion, the perfect representation of a powerful golf swing can be seen in a common children’s toy. The toy that I am referring to consists of a drum on a spindle with two strings hanging down on the sides of the drum with beads attached to the ends. When you rotate the spindle back and forth between your palms the strings fly around the drum striking the drumhead with the small beads. As can readily be seen, the power in this toy is being generated by the rotation of the spindle and transmitted through, not produced by, the strings.

How to add more power to your golf swing

As mentioned before, the power of a golf swing is generated by the rotation of the torso around the solid base of the legs and hips. This buildup of power lies in the tension created by a maximum torso turn with minimum hip turn, and if you wind up like a top from the feet up you will not create this tension. Most golfers will not be able to make a full back turn without exaggerating the hip turn, and this is perfectly fine because a full back turn by itself does not generate power. It is the tension created between the torso and hips that creates the power and a one-half or three- quarters back turn with this tension will create more power than a full turn without the tension.

The idea of a full back turn has led many golfers to lift their left heel off the ground during the back swing since this is the only way that they can complete the turn. What this does is to relieve the tension built up between the torso and hips thus reducing power. It also lessens the control of the golf shot because it creates more mechanical movements in the downswing. If you wish to dramatically increase power in your golf swing keep your left foot firmly planted on the ground.

How to add more power to your golf swing

When it comes to power, there’s an epidemic of misapplied force that is ruining thousands of swings every day. I’m talking about the concept of pushing the handle ahead of the clubhead through impact. It’s a basic piece of instruction you’ve probably heard a lot—usually as a seemingly innocent part of correcting a wristy, flippy motion in a swing. But the problem with that advice is, it ruins your ability to produce good swing speed.

Try this exercise: Hold your driver in front of you with your right arm only and, from a standstill, push the handle as quickly as you can toward the target (below, left). When you do that, what happens to the head? It stays behind. Do this during a swing, and you’re essentially trying to force the club to swing backward, and it will take a dramatic adjustment by your hands, arms or body to force the head into a decent striking position.

Instead of obsessing about getting your hands forward at impact, concentrate on pulling the handle instead of pushing it. As you swing through impact, feel like you’re pulling up toward the middle of your chest (below, right). That will make the club rotate and pick up the exponential speed at the head end—the signature of the biggest hitters.

How to add more power to your golf swing

I love to see great tips from the old pros like Lee Trevino. I notice that his swing, like Jack Nicklaus’ swing evolved as he got older. They added features to increase rotation to minimize distance loss as their bodies tightened up with age. Lee suggested these changes:

1/ MOVE YOUR FOOT AWAY: Move your trailing foot back a few inches off the line parallel to your target line. It allows you to rotate for more backswing and avoid swinging over the top and slicing the ball.

2/ MOVE YOUR BALL BACK IN YOUR STANCE: Lee noticed that most of the aging golfers and want-to-be-golfers impact the turf about 2 to 3 inches behind the ball. Of course, that kills the distance. He suggests moving the ball back in your stance slightly for every shot that you make. He points out that you are swinging your arms around you body in a circular motion which pulls your club away from your ball and your target line. If you hit a lot of THIN shots, just move your ball back in your stance. (Pros shift their weight forward to avoid thin shots.)

3/ SWING STRAIGHT BACK: By swinging the head of your club straight back to start your backswing, you will force your shoulders to rotate more. You need to rotate your hips and shoulders and your arms but if you rush your swing you often miss the chance to rotate all 3 and add lag with your wrists. Remember: there is no need to rush your backswing. It is just the windup for your body and it only gets your club in position for the perfect shallow downswing and release.

4/ AIM FOR THE INSIDE QUADRANT: Swing down to hit your ball at 7 o’clock (where 6 o’clock is directly back and 12 o’clock is straight up your target line). When you aim to hit up the inside quadrant of your ball you are adding draw to your flight path for more distance.

GOLFTEC discovered that you should be setting up with your leading knee slightly more bent than your trailing knee. That bent leading knee is the trigger to help you continue to increase the bend in your leading knee during your backswing for more hip rotation. You my even want to lift your leading heel off the ground during your backswing to add to your hip rotation the way Jack Nicklaus always helped his hip rotation.

How to add more power to your golf swing GOLFTEC provided this image and tip to bend your leading knee to force the rotation of your hips. Don’t bend your leading arm for club rotation.

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How to add more power to your golf swing

Even if you haven’t heard of Dr. Sasho MacKenzie, you’re probably familiar with his work. Sasho is one of golf leading’s biomechanists, whose research influences teachers and players of all levels. Now, he’s here to help us understand power in golf, where it comes from, and how it could help you.

Mackenzie has a new study out on Golf Science Journal: “How Amateur Golfers Deliver Energy to the Driver,” which delves into exactly that. It’s an academic look at the most important factors that contribute to generating clubhead speed.

You can read the full paper for yourself here, but fair warning: It’s pretty detailed, as academic papers often are. Unless you’re a teacher or have a good understanding of academic literature, you may find yourself getting a little lost.

But in a very basic nutshell (and special shoutout to Micheal Finney on Twitter for helping me understand this), there are a few factors that correlate with higher clubhead speeds.

We’ll use Rory’s golf swing as a reference, because who doesn’t love Rory’s golf swing? And before we go any further, you can give Sasho a follow on Twitter right here.

How to add more power to your golf swing

1. Pulling down with force

Turns out, the force with which you pull down your hands on the downswing is hugely important. More forces correlates with higher clubhead speeds, as Sasho writes in the “application” portion of his paper:

“Methods of training that increase the average force applied in the direction of the hand path during the downswing have the greatest probability in generating increases in clubhead speed.”

What does this mean for the rest of us? Work on your lats, your shoulder muscles — and any other muscles that will help you pull down with more force.

Point of clarification. There is not an initial hard pull down. The following are from the paper. The force on the grip increases quite slowly at the start of the downswing. You want a higher AVERAGE force. “Leaving the hands at the top” promotes this @jtedscott

— Sasho MacKenzie (@SashoMacKenzie) May 7, 2020

How to add more power to your golf swing

2. Increase your hand path

While the force with which you can pull down is hugely important, another important factor Sasho mentions in his “application” portion concerns the hand path — and how long it is:

From a more practical standpoint, results from this study suggest that for amateur golfers, increasing the length of the hand path is more likely to increase clubhead speed than rotating the shaft through a larger angle.

Oversimplified, for recreational golfers, it means: The longer back your hands travel, the more speed they’ll gather coming through.

Everyone is searching for distance. From Tour Players to Amateurs, they all want to hit the ball further, and as a GOLF Top 100 Teacher, I help my students hit the ball longer every day. Over time I’ve noticed that there are 10 common things that I see when golfers struggle with distance.

Before you get going, I’d recommend picking one or two of these and work on it for two to three weeks. Any change takes time and give yourself a chance. Take the time to really improve in that one area and see if it makes a difference. You should see improvement if you put the focus and the time in on making the change.

Center contact is so important for golfers. It makes the shot feel great and it is where you optimize your distance. There are two problems that I see most amateur golfers have. They either hit the ball all over the club face or they hit the same area but it’s the wrong spot. If you are about 1 inch off of the center, you are losing about 10% of your distance.

The Fix: Spray your club and find out where you are hitting the club face. If you are towards the toe, you may be too far from the ball or your path is too out to in. If you are hitting it towards the heel, you may be too close to the ball or your path is too in to out. If you are hitting it all over the face, we have to minimize your area. We would start with smaller pitch shots and work on center contact. Then I may have you swing between two tees spaced apart. I may also just have you focus on hitting the center of the club and knowing where to hit it on the face.

This seems obvious but you have to practice swinging faster to speed up your swing. If you are trying to get stronger, you have to increase the weight. The goal is to get you comfortable swinging the club faster and be able to hold your finish. Not swing out of control.

The Fix: I would have you take a 7 iron and swing the club much faster than you are use to swinging. Swing the club 10 times. Stop between each swing and start over. Always trying to get to your finish. The idea is that if you swing at 80 mph and you practice at 85 mph. You may increase your speed to 82 mph when you go on the course. You can also practice with certain training aids that have speed protocols.

Working on shaft lean can be very difficult for a lot of golfers. The goal for golfers is to have the shaft leaning more forward than when it started. Lots of golfers have their shaft leaning back at impact. This adds loft and also affects contact on the golf ball. Lots of tour players have a 7 iron and turn it into a 6 or 5 iron. Amateur golfers do the opposite, they take a 7 iron and turn it into a 8 or 9 iron. Just by improving your impact, you can gain distance without swinging any faster.

The Fix: One of my training exercises is to practice what impact looks and feels like. Take a 7 iron and get into your set up. Then without taking the club back, go into your impact position. Let’s start from the ground up: Your right foot rolled off the instep, right knee kicked in, left leg fairly straight, hips rotated open, about 70% of your weight into the left side, the club shaft past your zipper, more bend in the right wrist, more bend in the right elbow, shoulders fairly square and your head in the same spot. Work on going back and forth into set up and impact.

The idea here is that if you take your hands back further, you could hit the ball further. A longer arc can hit the ball further. Think of Bubba Watson. The important thing is that you don’t lift your arms and club back or just pick the club up further.

The Fix: You have to do it with your turns. You may have to make a bigger shoulder turn, you may have to make a bigger hip turn, you may have to let your left heel come off the ground. These are all great ways to get to a longer hand arc.

As you get older — are you losing distance off the tee?

If so, I want you to pay close attention to this simple drill that can unlock distance in your current swing…

It has worked for me — and I’m only 5’7” tall and 50 years old…

Plus, of the 30,000 lessons I’ve given, it’s worked for many of those individuals, too.

I believe it will work for you too.

This is what I call “the ultimate power drill!”

Step 1: Soften Your Elbows In Your Practice Swing

As we age, many of us struggle to turn the body as far as we would like to…

And in conventional golf wisdom, that’s a major issue for distance.

But I’ve found a way to maximize your distance without adding any extra rotation… and without having to turn to 90 degrees.

To better understand it, I want you to think about fly fishing…

When a fisherman is casting the rod… he’s not using a straight arm, right?

Rather — the elbow joint closes and opens…

This is where the power comes from.

And that’s exactly what we need to do in the golf swing.

I want you to take practice swings softening the elbows to start reaching your full potential for length in your backswing.

This doesn’t require extra body turn or flexibility.

Simply soften the elbows and let the club do the work.

Step 2: Bend the Elbows In Your Backswing for a Much Longer Arch

Once you’ve completed your practice swings, you’re ready to hit a shot with your soft elbows.

While the bent elbows may feel that your swing is much more narrow…

It’s actually longer.

And if you put yourself on camera, you’ll see that you’re probably reaching parallel or beyond in the backswing.

Liberating your arms is going to give you extra power, more swing speed, and ultimately help you add distance to your shots.

As I’ve aged, I’ve added yards to my tee ball every year…

And that’s what I want for you.

If that’s something you are serious about doing this year, consider this:

One Hidden Power Joint Controls 90% of the Power In Your Swing… Almost All Amateur Golfers Have It Blocked

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All pros have unlocked this power joint to reach their maximum potential for distance…

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Because they don’t understand its incredible power.

I discovered this biomechanical breakthrough while working with Dr. Paul Morrissey at the David Leadbetter Academy…

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It played a large part in my role helping Justin Rose go from #125 to #5 in the world in less than 20 events…

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If you watch TV or read magazines or listen to the so called “experts” they all have bits and pieces of information but don’t really connect the dots. I don’t think you are getting the full scoop…

To me, power comes from everything we can control…

  • Equipment (clubs and balls)
  • Physical Fitness
  • Repeatable Swing
  • Injury Prevention and Correction
  • Eliminate Power Zapping Tension
  • Creating a Solid Power Coil
  • Stance and Alignment

So if you want to gain a competitive advantage over your friends who just bought the latest golf ball and driver – you need to add Force Multipliers to your game.

Only when we take into account EVERYTHING that will add distance can we achieve MAXIMAL distance.

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