|Developing a proper turn and upper-body coil will help you generate power from a good turn. (Michael Zito/Eclipse Sportswire)|
Most students would like to see their balls go farther. However, if you do not have an upper-body coil you may be just swinging with your arms which sends the golf ball nowhere. People who swing with their arms only, see all of their clubs go the same distance. This is because there is no power generated from a good turn. Some simple steps will help you make a better turn, and you will see the results almost immediately.
Assume your set-up position-feet shoulder width for a nine iron. Rest a club horizontally against the upper part of your chest-parallel with your shoulders. Your spine should be tilted in your set-up position. Keeping your position, rotate your shoulders ninety degrees away from your target.
As you turn, your weight will move to your right leg. You should feel some pulling in your left hip as you do this. Your weight should remain on the inside of your right leg. Otherwise you will begin to sway instead of turn. At this point, your left shoulder should be pointing in the direction of the ball. Now, begin to move toward the target leading with your hips and legs. Your shoulders will follow in the same direction.
Always finish with your weight on your left leg and your hips facing the target. You must use your upper and lower torso to generate speed and power!
Another great power source is using the angles you create between your body and your golf club-otherwise known as leverage.
You must make a good extension as you turn by "pushing" the club back with your left side. Many people make the mistake of picking the club up with their right side-then there is no extension. By making a good extension, you will be able to generate power as you swing through the ball and see greater distance with each club.
Follow these easy steps for better leverage:
Assume your set-up position. Begin by "pushing" the club back with your left side. Make a quarter swing with your arms fully extended. The shaft should be parallel to the ground and the toe of the clubhead pointing straight up to the sky.
Continue your backswing by extending your left arm as you hinge your wrists. Do Not lock your left elbow! You will not be able to swing through the ball. Your right arm will fold naturally so that the elbow points to the ground.
Now that you are "wound" up, pull down as if you are pulling a chain from the sky. Release at the ball, keep swinging your arms out to the target, and finish with arms over your left shoulder and hips facing the target.
Practice the turn and using leverage separately and then put them together. Remember you do not need to hit balls to practice these moves. Practicing in front of a mirror will help and creating the same motion repeatedly will prove to be very helpful when you actually do play.
Many times when we swing our transfer of weight is not right and then our timing is off and we just can't get through the ball correctly. I like this drill because it makes you feel the weight as you turn. Set-up with your feet together and the ball positioned to the let of your narrow stance (you can do this with a tee also). Take a three-quarter swing and pause. Then, sidestep with your left foot, allowing your legs to move toward the target. The rest of your body will follow. Your lower body in this drill will initiate the downswing allowing you to feel the motion.
LPGA Professional Kelly Kleckner teaches at Cherokee Ridge Golf Course in Colorado Springs, Colo. She played collegiate golf for Colorado State University, and is the founder and director of the LPGA Girls Golf Club for the area. She coaches and teaches private and semi-private lessons all year. For more information call 719-576-9176.