Distance Out Of Resistance
Power isn't only about making a full turn
One of the keys to hitting powerful shots is the "stretch factor" in your backswing. A big windup of the upper body against a stable lower body creates torsion and the energy needed to produce a lot of clubhead speed.
The sensation of winding your right side away from your left side helps maximize stretch and coil (above, left). Feeling some resistance in your left leg as you turn to the top (from your foot up to your knee) is a great way to monitor stability—and get more stretch.
Also, check to see that you've maintained a good gap between your knees; don't let your left knee cave in (above, right). Here is what you have to remember: Winding up your body—not just turning—is what sets up a powerful downswing.
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David Leadbetter is a Golf Digest Teaching Professional based at ChampionsGate near Orlando. He operates 26 golf academies worldwide.