For Distance – “You’ve Got to Have Speed in the Swing.”
I. The Waggle Motion helps to initiate your golf swing. These movements act as a rehearsal for the swing and they serve to ready the body and to relax muscles. It provides a smooth transition from the static position at set-up to the dynamic in-swing movements.
II. The club head moves away from the ball in a swinging manner. To achieve full and complete extension, the arms and hands travel out and up in a wide arc. When the club head is traveling through a wide arc it gathers speed and velocity. That equals distance!
III. The violent force of a tee shot has to swing around a steady head position. Even though the actual center of the swing is located in the sternum, it is easier to think about the head as it relates to the body turn, weight shift and swing.
PGA Tour analyses indicate that professional’s heads move about two inches on the backswing. Allowing for a slight movement makes room for a good full turn.
- The head at set-up must be slightly behind the ball.
- During the backswing the head must stay within the stance, that is, move no farther back than the inside of the right foot.
- During the forward swing, the head must remain behind the ball position until after impact. It should then move forward and up to a relaxed finish of the swing.
IV. Weight Shift and Footwork
A fundamental weight transfer takes place during the backswing. Nearly 80% of the body weight shifts to the right side by the time the hands have swung back to waist height. Most of that happens because the hips and shoulders have started to turn. And, as that happens the feet begin to play an active part.
The correct movement of the feet during the backswing and forward swing is rolling the ankles. This technique makes it easier to keep the weight balanced throughout the swing, never letting it slide to the outside of the right leg and foot
V. Impact and Balanced Finish
The club head must be released during the forward swing. Unless the club is being held too tightly, the swinging action of the arms and the unhinging of the wrists will square the club face immediately before impact.
Releasing the club is a rotation of the entire left arm as it goes through the impact area. The left arm does not collapse or bend at impact. And, the wrist does not break down.
At the end of every swing you should experience – Complete balance. A good, completed swing pattern will have the weight totally to the target side with the hips and shoulders facing in the direction of the target; both arms should be relaxed with elbows bent.