The new X-factor is achieved when you rotate your hips toward the target as fast and as fully as possible, while keeping your shoulders turned back. I see this downswing move in every slow-motion swing we replay on CBS telecasts.
Yet the move is so basic that anyone can gain distance with it, even those of you who aren't as athletic and, let's face it, as young as guys like Tiger and Ernie (in other words, just about all of us).
WHAT IT WILL DO FOR YOUR GAME
You will hit the ball longer by stretching your downswing "X." If you're currently slicing the ball or hitting weak pop-ups, changing the way you start your downswing will help you swing the clubhead to the ball from the inside for a more explosive hit. Longer drives will allow you to hit more greens and score better.
WHY THE NEW X-FATOR WORKS
You will max out your clubhead speed and your power when your club impacts the ball like a spring that has just been released from its tension.
Imagine snapping a towel or casting a fly in fishing: You want that burst of speed to start when the object changes direction. It's the same concept in your golf swing.
But if this is the New XFactor, what was the old one? It was the cover story (see below) of our December 1992 issue (man that's old) by renowned teacher Jim McLean. Longtime readers will be glad to know that the old X, the differential between your hips and shoulders at the top of your swing (the greater it is, the more power you create), still holds water. But isn't it time you got yourself a New X?