Hit It Longer - World Long Drive Tip |
by Better Golf
We were fortunate to attend the World Long Drive contest last year, and had
an opportunity to meet a number of the top finishers. We were pleasantly
surprised at how open they were regarding their technique and secrets.
The first has to do with arc and shoulder turn. So secret number one is:
MAKE A WIDER ARC AND A FULLER, HONEST SHOULDER TURN ON THE BACKSWING!
Take the club straight back from the ball low and slow, until your shoulder
turn is complete. An honest shoulder turn means that you have kept your
left arm relatively straight (not rigid, just straight) on the backswing.
Your left shoulder should just brush your chin when your backswing is
Most golfers overswing. Their perception of a full swing is actually an
overswing. Watch the guys on tour. Many of them never get the club to
parallel but their shoulder turn is full.
If a golfer takes the club back to parallel or more, 99.9% of them have
broken their left elbow. Their swing arc is destroyed as they have simply
lifted the club with their hands and arms to reach for what they perceive to
be a full backswing..
FIND A SHAFT THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU
Another thing that will help you hit the ball longer, and straighter, is to
find a shaft that lets you swing naturally, without any stress or strain.
You need to be able to release the energy in your swing through the shaft.
Shafts that are too stiff, and with improper flex of bend points as regards
your own swing needs, cause many, many problems.
A properly fitted shaft, that meets your requirements, will allow you
freedom of movement, and a better chance at exercising proper technique.
The golf swing however, should never be a prisoner to technique,
over-thought, or undue effort. Excessive effort, in this case, is wasted
effort, because there is no possible way to release your energy into the
golf ball. You are using all your energy just to move the club. By the time
you get the clubhead to the ball, there is nothing left.
In summary, try to turn your shoulders honestly a little more, understand
that the length of the backswing is not necessarily a key to power, and find
a shaft that you can swing naturally.
Let your natural abilities become unleashed. Watch the ball sail higher,
longer, and straighter.