Max­i­mize dis­tance and straighten your shots

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(NC) - Are you won­der­ing how the tour pros make such ef­fort­less swings but still hit the ball such a long dis­tance? If you are you are not alone. I about 85% of the lessons I give I hear the com­ment, "If I could hit it straighter and a lit­tle fur­ther I'd play bet­ter like the pros. They make it look so easy." Tour Pro's have ei­ther been taught or have learned through ex­pe­ri­ence how to max­i­mize the arc or width in their golf swings.

At GolfTEC, a part of the swing that we mea­sure is Hand Sway. Hand sway is a mea­sure­ment of how far the hands move lat­er­ally in the golf swing on the back­swing and the fol­low-through. The tour pro's that we've tested have a hand sway mea­sure­ment of 47cm from their start­ing hand po­si­tion by the time they stop at the top of their back­swing. Most of our am­a­teur clients mea­sure be­tween 20 and 35cm of hand sway.

The av­er­age tour pro's hand po­si­tion at im­pact is 17cm in front of where their hands were at the ad­dress po­si­tion. This is an in­di­ca­tion that the pros max­i­mize the lat­eral mo­tion of their hands in their golf swing cre­at­ing more dis­tance and straighter shots. This also in­di­cates that their shaft is lean­ing for­ward at im­pact. Most amateurs' hands at im­pact are 5cm be­hind the po­si­tion they were at ad­dress.

The golf club passes the hands and the shaft is lean­ing back­wards at im­pact. This is a big loss of power in the swing. The longer the hands main­tain their dis­tance on the back­swing the big­ger the arc. The fur­ther the hands are ex­tended through im­pact, the longer the club­head moves down the tar­get line.

A longer arc and more ex­ten­sion down the tar­get line will cre­ate greater dis­tance and straighter shots. This is what you've seen on tele­vi­sion or if you've had a chance to see a live pro tour­na­ment. This hand sway is a "good sway" to have in your golf swing!

Let me give you some help on max­i­miz­ing your hand sway. First, from your ad­dress po­si­tion, it is very im­por­tant to start your back­swing by ex­tend­ing the golf club as far back and straight as pos­si­ble with­out fall­ing off bal­ance. This will keep the club trav­el­ing back on the cor­rect path and in­crease the width of your golf swing.

The fur­ther you can keep your hands away from your chest max­i­miz­ing your hand sway width, the greater your po­ten­tial for dis­tance. If this is done cor­rectly your body and golf club will be in a very good po­si­tion to start your down­swing and you will have com­pleted the first step to gain­ing more dis­tance.

As a check, make a swing and stop at the top, have a friend pull your hands fur­ther away from your chest. If they pull and your hands and club move more than 3 inches, you have not main­tained good hand sway. Do this drill un­til your friend can not pull your hands away from your chest.

Sec­ond, from the new po­si­tion at the top of your swing through the fin­ish of your swing you must main­tain the dis­tance from your chest for as long as pos­si­ble. This will give you ex­ten­sion and the look of the ef­fort­less swing that the pros seem to ex­hibit. Main­tain­ing your hand sway to the fin­ish gives you the best pos­si­ble chance of hit­ting it straight by al­low­ing the club to stay on the tar­get line longer.

Try this drill. Make mini-swings with a ball teed up. Take the club about half way back and on the down swing try to lead with your top hand (for right handed golfers that is your left hand) and hit the ball on the fol­low-through only af­ter you have checked that your top hand has passed the ball. You should start with very slow swings un­til you are sure that your top hand is lead­ing and the golf club is square at im­pact. You can speed up and lengthen your swing un­til you reach the top of your back­swing.

Want to know your hand sway? Let us mea­sure your hand sway and help you max­i­mize your dis­tance and di­rec­tional con­trol. Good luck and see you fur­ther down the fair­way! If you have any ques­tions, please con­tact the store lo­ca­tion near­est you or call 1-877-4GOLFTEC. Golftec is also on the web at

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