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Power Secrets of the Pros

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Lesson 1: How to Generate Speed

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One major key to creating clubhead speed is getting your body in the correct position through impact. The best players in the world use the body to create power; a lot of amateurs freeze the body and swing hard with the hands and arms. In this video, teacher Boyd Summerhays demonstrates how to properly move through the ball, using PGA Tour player J.B. Holmes as an example.

SWING THOUGHTS

Turn your body through the ball, with your hips and chest open at impact
Don’t throw your hands and arms at the ball from the top of the backswing
To get into a good impact position, start the downswing with the lower body
Downswing sequence: Hips move first, then shoulders, then arms and hands
Let speed build into impact, with the clubhead coming through last

DRILLS

Body-Turn Drill

  • Tee up three balls in a line a few inches apart.
  • On the first swing, take the club halfway back and hit the ball, making a full body turn toward the target. If you’re used to trying to create distance with your hands and arms, you’ll notice a lack of power with this shorter backswing.
  • On the second swing, take the club back to three-quarter length and swing through, again focusing on a full turn on the forward swing.
  • On the last swing, hit your normal drive and really feel your body turn through.
  • Use this drill to develop a feel for making a full turn toward the target, regardless of how far back you swing.
Lesson 2: The Power Setup
2 Lesson 2: The Power Setup
  • Pre-set more carry distance
  • Build a powerful swing foundation
  • Power source: Tony Finau
  • Launch it high with the Upward-Strike Drill

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Lesson 2: The Power Setup

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Developing a full turn through impact to generate clubhead speed is an important start, but you need to set up to the ball properly to maximize that power. Here, Boyd Summerhays details how to get into the correct stance and why it’s important for making a powerful strike. Tour player Tony Finau exemplifies the power setup.

SWING THOUGHTS

With the driver, tilt your spine back so your head is over your right instep
Play the ball in line with your left armpit to set up an upward strike
To allow a free backswing and downswing, flare out both feet slightly
Set your weight on the balls of your feet to create stability and leverage

DRILLS

Upward-Strike Drill

  • Take a golf towel and fold it to the width of about three inches.
  • Place the towel about a grip length in front of a teed ball.
  • Get into the proper driver setup, with the ball forward and your spine tilted back.
  • Hit some drives. If you miss the towel, you’re hitting up on the ball for proper launch with the driver.
Lesson 3: The Pro Draw
3 Lesson 3: The Pro Draw
  • Learn to sync up your arms and body
  • Power source: Rory McIlroy
  • Find the inside power path
  • Create draw spin with the Face-to-Path Drill

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Lesson 3: The Pro Draw

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How do the pros hit such beautiful, high draws when most golfers can’t shake that slice or low hook? It’s all about getting the clubface and swing path synced up at impact. In this video, Boyd Summerhays offers an alignment strategy to help you hit the pro draw. Looking for some tour inspiration? Check out Rory McIlroy’s swing.

SWING THOUGHTS

To hit a draw, aim the clubface to the right of the target and align your feet and shoulders to the right of the clubface
Keep the clubface looking at the back of the ball during the takeaway to promote a draw
On the downswing, keep your right arm close to your body so the club stays on an inside path to the ball

DRILLS

Alignment Drill

  • Take three alignment rods to the range.
  • Place the first rod on the ground in front of the ball to represent your target line.
  • Aim the second to the right of the target, which is where you aim the clubface.
  • Aim the third to the right of the clubface line. This is your shoulder and feet alignment.
  • Using a driver, aim the clubface and your body as prescribed, and swing away. If the face is left of your swing path at impact, you’ll impart draw spin on the ball.
Lesson 4: The No. 1 Power Source
4 Lesson 4: The No. 1 Power Source
  • Develop skills to beat tension
  • Power sources: Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt
  • Learn to let speed happen
  • Swing smooth with the Humming Drill

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Lesson 4: The No. 1 Power Source

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You might think power comes from swinging for the fences. But a critical factor that many overlook is keeping your muscles free of tension. Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt, two of the greatest athletes of our time, had routines for staying loose before big races. Likewise in golf, speed comes when you’re nice and relaxed. Boyd Summerhays details how to let power happen naturally.

SWING THOUGHTS

To reduce tension before a shot, take a deep breath, pause, then exhale
Waggle the clubhead behind the ball or shift your feet a little to stay relaxed over the ball
Develop your own simple pre-shot routine for checking your tension level

DRILLS

The Humming Drill

  • Hit some drives with your normal swing while humming.
  • Try to keep a steady hum as you swing back and through the ball.
  • Check for any changes in tone when you start the club back or start down.
  • If you hear any variations at either of those spots, work on smoothing out that part of your swing.
Lesson 5: Power Fails
5 Lesson 5: Power Fails
  • Fix a tight grip for more wrist hinge
  • Fix a faulty stance for better balance
  • Fix over-swinging with more turn
  • Fix a choppy downswing by freewheeling
  • Power source: Adam Scott

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Lesson 5: Power Fails

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We all want longer drives, but that desire can cause us to do things that might feel powerful but really aren’t. In this video, Boyd Summerhays shows how to avoid the moves that sap power from your swing. The tour player to emulate is Adam Scott, who hits massive drives with a fundamentally sound and exceptionally fluid swing.

SWING THOUGHTS

To keep your arms and upper body relaxed, don’t let your grip get tight
Let your wrists hinge fully at halfway back—this proves your grip pressure is OK
Stand a comfortable distance from the ball. Getting too far away creates poor balance and erratic contact
Flex your knees slightly, bend forward from the waist and let your arms hang
To make a full backswing, turn your shoulders; don’t try to swing your arms back farther
Accelerate the club to a full finish; don’t hit at the ball

DRILLS

Pose for Power

  • Adam Scott creates tremendous speed, yet he can hold his finish easily.
  • On your tee shots, practice posing your finish position until the ball lands.
  • If you have trouble keeping your balance at the finish, you’re probably hitting at the ball instead of swinging through it.
  • Stay in balance like Adam Scott, and you’ll apply more speed at impact.

Power Secrets of the Pros

Lesson
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Lesson 1: How to Generate Speed
2 / 5
Lesson 2: The Power Setup
3 / 5
Lesson 3: The Pro Draw
4 / 5
Lesson 4: The No. 1 Power Source
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Lesson 5: Power Fails
Power Secrets of the Pros INDEX
Lesson 1: How to Generate Speed
1/5
Lesson 1: How to Generate Speed
  • Develop a dynamic sequence
  • Fix a weak, armsy swing
  • Power source: J.B. Holmes
  • Add speed with the Body-Turn Drill
  • Develop a dynamic sequence
  • Fix a weak, armsy swing
  • Power source: J.B. Holmes
  • Add speed with the Body-Turn Drill
Lesson 2: The Power Setup
2/5
Lesson 2: The Power Setup
  • Pre-set more carry distance
  • Build a powerful swing foundation
  • Power source: Tony Finau
  • Launch it high with the Upward-Strike Drill
  • Pre-set more carry distance
  • Build a powerful swing foundation
  • Power source: Tony Finau
  • Launch it high with the Upward-Strike Drill
Lesson 3: The Pro Draw
3/5
Lesson 3: The Pro Draw
  • Learn to sync up your arms and body
  • Power source: Rory McIlroy
  • Find the inside power path
  • Create draw spin with the Face-to-Path Drill
  • Learn to sync up your arms and body
  • Power source: Rory McIlroy
  • Find the inside power path
  • Create draw spin with the Face-to-Path Drill
Lesson 4: The No. 1 Power Source
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Lesson 4: The No. 1 Power Source
  • Develop skills to beat tension
  • Power sources: Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt
  • Learn to let speed happen
  • Swing smooth with the Humming Drill
  • Develop skills to beat tension
  • Power sources: Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt
  • Learn to let speed happen
  • Swing smooth with the Humming Drill
Lesson 5: Power Fails
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Lesson 5: Power Fails
  • Fix a tight grip for more wrist hinge
  • Fix a faulty stance for better balance
  • Fix over-swinging with more turn
  • Fix a choppy downswing by freewheeling
  • Power source: Adam Scott
  • Fix a tight grip for more wrist hinge
  • Fix a faulty stance for better balance
  • Fix over-swinging with more turn
  • Fix a choppy downswing by freewheeling
  • Power source: Adam Scott