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Good players use lag to create the power in their golf swings.
Good players use lag to create the power in their golf swings. (PGA of America)

Want to improve your swing power? Two keys to a better golf swing

Les MillerBy Les Miller,

Many good players have very different looking golf swings, but they all have two things in common during their impact position:

Good players retain wrist-cock through the impact zone, as well as maintain a strong solid base during the hitting area. These two areas of the golf swing set the good player apart from the high-handicapper.

Strong solid base upon impact: To create power during a golf swing, golfers need to have a solid base as they strike the ball. In all sports, a solid base creates power.

When a boxer throws a punch, it starts with the power in the lower body. As they start to punch, they step off their back foot and throw their weight into the direction of the punch. The legs are slightly bent, but there is tension within them, which helps keep the lower body in a powerful position.

The same tension in the lower body should be maintained during the impact position in the golf swing. Currently we hear this concerning Tiger Woods upon his return from reconstructive knee surgery. Before his recent surgery he could not maintain a sold base as he moved to his left side during impact. Golf analysts now describe his lower body action as much improved because of his solid leg action.

Proper wrist-cock maintains lag, increases power: To create lag, the left wrist needs to be bowed upon impact allowing the hands to be slightly ahead of the ball upon impact. This causes a late hit, or "lag," which all good players use to create the power in their golf swings.

High-handicapper golfers tend to do the opposite by releasing the hands early instead of having the hands ahead of the ball upon impact. They collapse the left wrist causing the club head to move past the hands before impact. This scooping action creates a tremendous loss of power resulting in loss of distance with the driver and miss-hits with the irons.

To create a late hit, your hands need to arrive at impact before the club head. The best way to achieve this position is to practice hitting balls with a heavy club.

The heavy "practice club" forces your hands to lead the club head through the hitting area. It also is a great way to build up your strength and swing speed, creating additional power. Try it. It works!

Les Miller was a longtime Golf Writers of America member who covered golf instruction for several newspapers and golf publications. His many years of experience as a golf professional, director of product development and tour relations for several major golf companies gave him a unique background and ability to help golfers increase their enjoyment of the game.

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  • Swing Tips

    Abdul Rehman wrote on: Jul 13, 2012

    I struggled a lot for developing my swing but couldn't. I started searching about lessons on web and found few good sites. This article has also good information. Also who want to find more tips and videos then also check out www.learngolf.absourceinc.com . You will not be disappointed.


      • RE: Swing Tips

        Kevin Doty wrote on: Aug 27, 2012

        I too have struggled to find the swing that best fits me - I don't want to have to tie myself into knots to get into the "perfect" stance and setup, and then worry whether or not I have brought the club back to the inside, and have kept it on plane, and keep my elbow tucked close to my body, etc, etc. The golf gurus who think that kind of instruction helps a player is dead wrong - instill the correct fundamentals into a student, but let his or her swing be their swing alone, not the instructors vision of how they should swing.


  • Creating Lag

    Chad Alan wrote on: Jul 12, 2012

    I agree completely with creating lag. I learned a similar drill on pinchasergolf.com which had me use a broom to feel the resistance rather than a weighted club. I assume it gives you the same feedback though.


  • golf training aid

    alvin smith wrote on: Apr 27, 2012

    I developed a training aid that will assist golfers to improve their timing on the full swing and other golf shots.
    Do you know of any companies that are interested in looking at new ideas for teaching aids.


  • Delayed uncocking

    Jesus D. Macachor, M.D. wrote on: Jun 1, 2010

    I like your suggestion of having a heavy club to practice delayed uncocking. I like to incorporate this in my method of teaching because this is the most difficult aspect to follow--delayed uncocking. Students have a tendency to scoop at the ball. I also try to let the student understand that delayed uncocking has another great purpose--TO ALLOW THE SHIFT OF HIP AXES FROM THE RIGHT TO THE LEFT HIP JOINT TO PREVENT HITTING BEHIND THE BALL.