Golf Swing Advice, Power in Golf

Basic Golf Swing

This article will try to give some golf swing advice about achieving power in golf by highlighting the basic golf swing, the fundamental golf swing that all the other golf swing styles are built on.

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:

slice
hook
push
pull
fade
draw
shank
sky shot
top the ball


or even miss it altogether, and generally get a lack of consistency so you need to improve your golf swing.

Most golfers try to hit the golf ball too hard. Believe me, a good golf swing has nothing to do with hitting the ball hard, everything goes wrong when you do this, including your balance, and the odd time you do manage to achieve a good shot, it's just luck. You must strive to hit the golf ball correctly, the club must always be in your control, try to think of it as a measured amount of power. If you don't, you will more than likely end up having to correct a golf slice fault. Have a look at Golf and the Axis of Power.

Golf Equipment

Trust in your golf equipment, golf clubs are designed to lift the ball into the air (excluding the putter) and make the ball travel an appropriate distance for the golf club in use. All it takes is for the club head to strike the golf ball correctly, nothing else. Yes, everyone will get different distances for the same club, but that depends solely on how fast the golf club head is moving through the impact zone. NOT how hard you have hit the ball.

Golf Power

That brings us to the reason for this post, where to get the power from. Bear in mind all that has been said above and remember that power must be measured, you don't just go for an all out blast, always stay in control.

Power is the wrong word to use, speed is far more appropriate, club head speed to be more precise. The pros take a full swing with a full body turn, they use hips, thighs and abdominal muscles (NOT shoulders, arms and hands), to achieve maximum rotational speed of the body, this turning motion starts slowly and builds up to maximum as the body returns to the position it had at address (not exactly true but will do for the moment), the point being that it is a gradual acceleration, not a sudden burst. Club head speed is given a further boost by the un-cocking of the wrists through the impact zone. This late boost of speed is where the real power comes from in golf and should have an accelerating effect as well. The whole lot put together should result in the club head accelerating through the impact zone.

Enjoying Golf

That's the theory, putting it into practice is another story (or should I say, another post). It's also the reason why the tour pros make money playing golf whereas it costs us money to play the same game. Which brings me to the point, game is the operative word here, we play this game of golf for fun and enjoyment, too many golfers just find it frustrating too much of the time, the reason for this is simple, they've stopped treating it like a game and started looking on it as an achievement and, as a result, play outside their capabilities. This will always result in inconsistent play. Patience is what is required, learn the basic golf swing and improvement will happen, but a controlled improvement, there is no single magic bullet that will suddenly change you into a pro overnight, your techniques have to improve as a whole in order for you to stay in control.

Remember, golf is a game of the head as much as it is a physical game, confidence is everything, playing within your own limits is a confidence booster, anything else and doubts will creep in, your concentration will wander, your lack of consistency will feed the doubts and your confidence will disappear, and once it's gone... well, you'll struggle to get it back again... until you start playing within your limits and control your use of the power in golf.

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To your golfing success and enjoyment.

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