Groove your O-Factor for extra speed
Use these drills to develop an O-Positive downswing and send your swing speed off the charts
The fastest cars are the ones with the biggest engines. The same is true of golf swings, so if you want your club to travel at high speeds, you have to put your biggest muscles, your glutes, to work. That's exactly what happens when you rotate your left hip up and to the left on your downswing.
The move is so powerful that it literally pulls your shoulders and arms along for the ride. And since your hips move first, everything else must accelerate in order to catch up at impact. Using the big muscles is what allows golfers like Fred Couples to hammer the ball without swinging hard. Perform these drills to gas up your swing.
Drill 1: Spray some water Fill a bottle with some water and hold it in your left hand with the spout pointing up. Now take the bottle back in a mock backswing, and when you reach the top, turn your left hip up and around. Your upper body will respond to the turn and, if you do it right, fling the water out of the bottle and toward the target.
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Drill 2: Fling your headcover
Swing a headcover over your right shoulder and slapy our back with it, then use your hips to whip it forward. Keep your left arm in and try to smack your back with the headcover on your follow-through.
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Drill 3: Make a hip swing
To learn the feeling of powering your downswing with your hips, place your driver behind your back as shown, make your backswing turn and, as you rotate through impact, keep your upper body as quiet as possible. Make a level turn going back and use "butt power" to whip your left hip up and around on your downswing.
Angled shaft matches angled hips
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Level shaft matches level hips
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Left hip whips up, right shoulder turns down
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TRY THIS DRILL
Force your left shoulder up
Place your driver across your chest as shown, make your backswing turn, then try to hit an imaginary ball teed up to your knees. Focus on moving your right shoulder down and your left shoulder up as you swing through. If your clubhead swings above your knees, your left shoulder isn't spinning up enough.
Step 1: The angle of your club as it sits across your chest should match your hip tilt.
Step 2: Turn away from the ball by moving your left shoulder under (remember your hips).
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Step 3: Although your wheels move on different planes, they sit on the same angle.
Step 4: Move your right shoulder down and through while clearing your left hip.
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