Jeff: Hi, this is Jeff Mitchell with The Golf Standard.
Today we're talking about power sources in the golf swing.
For that I break the swing down into two main parts, two main sources of power.
One, what does the body in itself do during a golf swing, and the second is what do the arms and the hands do? The first part of this is what does the body do in a good swing to create power?
To illustrate this I put a club across my shoulders, I take a stance at about shoulder-width.
When I take a good swing, I'm going to revolve around the spine back and through.
That gives me a modest amount of club head speed right here, say at the sternum, but it gives me a tremendous amount of speed out here at where the club head is.
Back and through, and the faster that I can turn that while maintaining control, the more power I'm going to create.
The only problem with this is we have to do this at angle What that means is that as we set up ...
I have an alignment rod showing my target line and I have a couple more kind of showing where I want to line up.
To set up that angle what I'm going to do is with the feet at shoulder width, I want to bend at the knee, I want to bend at the waist and basically what I'm trying to do is to put the point of the hip over the back of the foot, and the point of the shoulder over the front of the foot.
To demonstrate this power source and for you to figure out how you can take more and more advantage of it, I've put an alignment rod out right in front of my chest right here.
As I set up at angle, as I go back I would be able to tap that and as I come through I would be able to hit that.
What I'm going to try to do is to make an aggressive turn back and through, and with this club head I'm going to pretend this is actually the ball, and I'm going to see if I can hit it really hard and still maintain my balance and control.
With a little bit of practice you might find out that you can knock this completely over and you can create a great deal of power and not lose your balance.
The second big power source is really just what do the arms and hands do.
They do three basic things.
Number one, as you take the club back and as you bring the club through, I want your hands to stay in basically what I would call a shake hands position, so that as I set up I'm in a good shake hands position here, and certainly until hip level here I'm going to be in a good shake hands position.
As I come through the shot I want to remain in a good shake hands position.
The second thing that the arms and hands do is hinge at the wrist, and that is happening in a vertical position.
The wrists work straight up and down as you go through the swing.
Anytime you start bending the wrist this direction or this direction, you're opening and closing the club face quite a bit and it can change the timing and the contact.
Practice trying to just hinge the club in a vertical fashion.
Then the third thing is what I simply call lift.
As you go through the swing you're going to stay in a shake hands position, you're going to hinge and you're going to lift the hands to the top of the right shoulder.
As I start to put these two pieces together, I'm going to set up with a club across my shoulders, get into a really good dynamic posture where I've got some bend in the knees, bend at the waist, and I'm in a good balance position.
As I set up with my hands on the club, as I take it back you can see that my hands stay in basically a shake hands position, I'm hinging in a vertical fashion and I'm going to lift so that the hands are right at the top of the shoulder at the top of the backswing.
This is going to put me in a position to be really aggressive coming down so that I can release that club and re-hinge at the top with the hands right over the top of the left.
Really by being aggressive with the body around the spine back and through, really creating a lot of turn there around a fixed point, maintaining my balance, I'm going to create a great deal of power.
As I add the hands and arms, as they stay in a shake hands, hinge up vertically, and come to the top of the shoulder here, what that's going to do is give me an opportunity to put those two pieces together and what I can do is create a lot of power and still maintain a lot of control.
Make sure you identify both of those power sources, work on them independently, put them together, and really have fun with your golf.