Snap Your Swing For Distance\nHow to get a power boost at impact—like the pros do\nHow to get a power boost at impact—like the pros do\nPUSH INTO THE GROUND AND SWING DOWN FAST\n\n From the top, your focus should be swinging your arms down as fast as you can. Your hips will move forward a little, but only a twitch so they can support the arm swing. It's like the sprinter putting his foot in a block: The hips get in position so the legs can push against the ground. Without that resistance, the arms can't start down very fast.\n\n Notice Zach's hips are facing the ball, not twisted way open (left). I've never seen a player who didn't move the hips on the downswing, so don't worry about hip action. The move you need to learn is starting the arms down fast. If the arms go, the hips will respond.\n\n This bracing of the hips is the first braking action in the downswing. But it's not a conscious move. Focus on accelerating your arms to the ball, and your hips will naturally stop. Remember, there has to be a braking to transfer speed, and the hips brake first.\n\n You'll know you're doing it right if you feel heavy on your feet—as if you were making footprints in wet concrete. When the lower body braces and the arms go fast, the club moves at a 90-degree angle to the spine. We know from high-school physics that the fastest way to swing an object is 90 degrees to its axis. So let the hips brake, and you'll accelerate faster.\nKEEP YOUR HEAD IN PLACE AND TURN YOUR HIPS\n\n The best thing you can do in your backswing is keep your spine tilting away from the target. In every sport where you need speed—a baseball pitch, a tennis stroke, a javelin throw—the body leans away from the target in the windup. It's the first domino in creating snap speed.\n\n To maintain that tilt to your right, you need to turn your hips without letting them sway and keep your head still. A good feel is that your right hip turns behind you and toward the target (left). The center of your hips shouldn't actually move, but to turn them in place, it helps to feel like your right hip pushes toward the target as it rotates. Couple that with a steady head, and your spine will stay tilted to the right.\n\n The spine tilt sets up the other critical position at the top: Your hands need to be "deep," or well to the inside. Not high and over your right shoulder, but more around and behind you. Imagine you're set up with your rear end against a wall. Your hands would go deep enough to bump the wall.\n\n This deep position, which a good hip turn promotes, allows you to swing down in a straight line to the ball. Before any braking, there needs to be acceleration in a straight line. Think of the towel or the Frisbee: You swing forward first, then brake to add speed.\nFACE THE BALL AND POUND THE GROUND\n\n Now it's time for your shoulders to brake, which multiplies the speed of your arms. The feeling here is a firming up of the left side, from hip to shoulder. Imagine someone holding your left shoulder in place as you swing down. The goal is to get your chest facing the ball at impact, not turned open.\n\n The last piece that creates snap speed is the arms stopping. The best image for this is: Pound the leading edge of the club into the ground. See how Zach's hands are ahead of the clubhead and his left shoulder is posted up (left). Like the hips, the shoulder braces so the arms can push against it and fling the energy down.\n\n How can I say anything stops when the body clearly moves to the finish? Because each part starts up again—hips, then shoulders, then arms—to support the motion through the ball. If you focus on swinging your arms fast, the braking and restarting occur naturally. The body is supporting, not driving.\n\n A final example. How do you jump from a squat position? You throw your arms up fast, then explode off the ground. You don't jump and then add your arms. That's what a lot of golfers do: They turn hard, and then try to get the arms through. Speed comes from the arms—and the body braking in the correct sequence.\nTHE NO-TURN SWING\n\nI hit a 7-iron 160 yards with no body turn through the ball compared to 170 with a traditional swing. Practice hitting balls with a normal backswing and no turn after impact. You won't believe how far you'll hit the ball.\nTHE SPEAR SHOT\n\nTry this to feel the correct spine tilt. Hold an alignment stick like a spear. If you try to stick the ground in front of you, your spine will stay tilted right. That's where the leverage is. When your arm stops to fling the spear, you'll feel the acceleration.\nTHE QUICK STOP\n\nPut a headcover on the ground at your normal ball position, turn your club over and make swings. Practice stopping right at the headcover. You'll feel a firm left side and your body braking—hips, then shoulders, then arms. That's snap speed.\nTHE THROW DOWN\n\nTo sense the bracing of the lower body, hold a ball in your right hand, swing back, and throw it at a tee where the ball would be. Feel heavy on your feet as you swing down. Your body stops, and the energy goes to your arm, then to the ball.