|Turning your lower body open before impact, while keeping shoulders square to the ball will increase your power. (Thomas Hartman/Eclipse Sportswire)|
Creating lag in your swing will help increase your power. The next time you see Anthony Kim on TV, focus in on his grip. Notice how he grips down an inch or two on all his clubs. This helps him to produce an incredible amount of lag during his golf swing.
Another source of Kim's power is his ability to turn his lower body open before impact, while keeping his shoulders square to the ball. To improve your shot control and distance, grip down on the club, and keep your shoulders square upon impact.
Always searching for more distance? Consider this: According to golf-shaft manufactures, 80 percent of all golfers use the wrong shaft flex, and almost all of these golfers use shafts that are too stiff.
A softer shaft will help you create more lag naturally by allowing you to release the club head where you need it during your swing. Just make sure you get the right flex, length and weight for all the clubs in your bag. Always gets a professional club fitting when you purchase clubs. It'll make a huge difference in your game.
Unless you're very flexible, maintaining a straight left arm and holding both feet on the ground atop the backswing is almost impossible. Instead, allow your forward foot to lift, and let your left arm bend slightly. This will allow a full shoulder turn on your backswing.
These changes will increase your flexibility to create a more powerful position on the backswing. You'll not only increase your power, but you'll find yourself more relaxed and able to make a better and more fluid golf swing.
January 30, 2009
Les Miller is longtime Golf Writers of America member who has written 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 gives him a unique background that helps golfers increase their enjoyment of the game.