Golf Swing Advice, Power in Golf 2

The Power in The Golf Swing


The Golf Swing

As I hinted at in "Power in Golf", there is no need to to take a full swing in order to generate clubhead speed in golf. New golfers have difficulty with this and throw all their power into the shot, especially when using the driver off the tee.

If you haven't already, you may want to read Improve Your Golf Swing.

Most golfers, in their attempt to increase distance in their golf shots, apply more power, and when they see little improvement, apply even more power until their golf swing breaks down and they start having wild shots, probably a bad golf slice, and most golfers find trying to correct a golf slice one of the hardest things to do.

The golf swing should always be controlled, it should have a nice easy tempo, it is technique that adds distance to the golf shot, never power. The idea of powerful shots producing greater distance seems to be one of the more intuitive, but false, beliefs that are so common in golf. It is easy for the golfer, especially the new golfer, to believe this, after all, it is logical, hit the ball harder and it will go further. Depending on the golf equipment you have, getting some better golf equipment may be beneficial and help you get increased distance, but that all depends on the golf equipment you are already using.

Technique is far more important than physical strength in the golf swing, if the face of the golf club connects correctly with the golf ball, a good shot is the result, that is what golf clubs are designed for. To produce more distance the clubhead has to move through the impact zone faster. It is all to do with accuracy and speed. New golfers should concentrate on making good accurate contact with the ball and forget about distance. Have a look at Golf and the Axis of Power.

Accuracy is required to produce a well flighted golf shot and increased speed to produce greater distance. The confusion seems to be in the method of increasing the speed of the clubhead through the impact zone. It is not done by using a more powerful swing, it is the speed of uncoiling the body and uncocking of the wrists. This has to be done in a controlled fashion. The downswing is started slowly and initiated by turning the shoulders, the arms and hands just follow along, concentrate on moving your shoulders, and accelerating the turning of the body, this will return the club head to the ball. Uncocking the wrists should be left until the last second, the later this is done, the more speed will be produced.

A common fault by old and new golfers is uncocking the wrists way too early in the downswing, this is known as casting, a bad golf swing fault, if you uncock your wrists at the start of the backswing (the worst scenario) there will little speed in the clubhead as it passes through the impact zone, and there will be no acceleration.

The objective is to have the clubhead accelerating through the impact zone, this is important, the clubhead should be accelerating as it hits the ball.

New golfers should not be using a full golf swing, a short backswing and a full follow-through is much better, it is easier to control, the swing plane has less of an effect if it is not quite right, and it will assist in returning the clubface to the golf ball correctly. It also makes it easier to achieve the late uncocking of the wrists and helps to reduce the possibility of casting.

The basic golf swing in golf is the one with the least moving parts in it and has little to do with power in golf. The less movement, the less there is to go wrong.

When we introduce more movement into the golf swing there is a greater chance for things to go out of control, that's when we start to see all the golf swing faults appear. This is so true for new golfers.

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