- Make a full shoulder turn: Standing before a mirror, test your flexibility by placing arms across chest in the form of an “X,” then rotating your shoulders to the right as far as possible. If you can turn until they’re perpendicular to the mirror, you should strive for a backswing where the shoulders reach a 90° angle to the target line.
- Transfer weight properly: At address with the driver, about 55-60 percent of your weight should be on your right foot. At the top of the backswing, you’ll feel most of your weight on the right side. Swinging down and through, you must transfer weight to the left side to get the full force of your body’s unwinding action into the ball. Try this drill to improve your weight shift.
So you’re relatively young and fit, average height and weight if not a little bigger, and a pretty decent athlete if you do say so yourself. So why are older, smaller golfers always driving the ball past you?
Part of golf’s great beauty is that size and strength aren’t necessary to hit the ball long distances. Sound, efficient swing mechanics are much more important. That said, a solid swing paired with good physical tools can be a powerful combo.
If your drives tend to fly low and travel shorter than you expect, the problem is clubhead speed – or rather, a lack thereof. Regardless of your size, fitness and flexibility, the body’s big muscles (hips, torso, shoulders) must work in unison to create maximum speed.
Here are a few ways to boost your swing speed and hit higher, longer drives:
Begin downswing with the lower body: A proper downswing starts with the left foot presing into the ground. Thisinitiates the sequence in which the hips, torso, shoulders, arms and finally, the club, follow in order, and the clubhead accelerates into the ball.