|A downswing that starts with "lag" stores power and allows the club head to release through the hitting area. (Tim McDonald/WorldGolf.com)|
The most common reason for loss of power in a golf swing is caused by casting the club from the top of the swing (arms straightening prematurely).
This move results from a downswing that's initiated by hitting from the top (letting your upper body over power the swing). In contrast, a correct downswing starts with "lag," which stores power and allows the club head to release through the hitting area.
Creating lag starts with the backswing. First, concentrate on keeping your hands wide (away from your body) on the backswing. Next, keep your left arm close to your chest on the backswing and the downswing. (If your left arm gets away from your body on the downswing, you will likely swing from over-the-top.)
Another key is to keep your back facing the target as you start the downswing. This move will promote dropping the hands down from the top instead of casting from the top.
Finally, try to keep your arms loose as you swing the club through the hitting area. This should allow you to feel like the club head is chasing the ball down the target line as you follow through. Most of all, maintain your balance throughout your entire golf swing by holding your follow through position until your ball has landed.
If you practice these tips, you will improve your ball striking and increase your distance.
December 4, 2008
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.